JNA Conversations: Return & Recovery – The Asian Perspective
  • 2020-09-16
  • 17:00 - 18:00 (Hong Kong)
    10:00 - 11:00 (London)
    14:30 - 15:30 (Delhi)
    05:00 - 06:00 (New York)
  • English

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted business and trading conditions throughout the gem and jewellery pipeline.

For months, the international jewellery industry was at a standstill as virus-containment efforts shuttered establishments, forced the cancellation of physical trade fairs, ushered in digital initiatives to replace in-person trading, and essentially reshaped commercial strategies and operations.

With markets now in varying stages of recovery, JNA casts the spotlight on Asia to see how manufacturing and wholesale centres are sustaining momentum and seizing opportunities amid the pandemic.

In this webinar, industry leaders from key Asian markets share their insights on:

· The impact of coronavirus on their main sectors

· The new normal in a Covid-19 world

· Their outlook for the coming year

  • Ken Lo
    Chairman, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association

    Industry veteran Ken Lo is a leading figure in the jewellery trade. He is currently chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association; vice-chairman of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China Ltd; and member of the Jewellery Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Over the years, Lo has actively liaised with global partners to explore business opportunities for Hong Kong jewellers. With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto, Lo joined the family business, Foo Hang Jewellery Ltd, in 1979. He then founded Eternity Manufacturing Ltd in 1986 where he serves as director.

  • Suttipong Damrongsakul
    Chairman, ASEAN Gems & Jewellery Association

    Suttipong Damrongsakul has made vital contributions to Thailand’s gemstone and jewellery sector, having led influential trade organisations throughout his career. He was recently named chairman of the ASEAN Gems & Jewellery Association, whose mandate is to promote free trade and regional growth in Southeast Asia’s jewellery sector. Damrongsakul is also advisor to the Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association, where he served as past president. He is currently managing director of Gemopolis Industrial Estate. Damrongsakul holds a political science degree from Thailand’s Ramkhamhaeng University and master’s degrees from Roosevelt University in Chicago and Thammasat University in Thailand.

  • Olivia Quiniquini
    Associate Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, JNA / Jewellery Media, Informa Markets Jewellery

    A seasoned trade journalist and editor, Olivia Quiniquini runs the Jewellery Media team at Informa Markets Jewellery. She is responsible for the editorial direction, marketing and development of the JNA group of print, digital and content products. Quiniquini joined then UBM Asia as an Editor in the Jewellery Publishing Group in 2011 and eventually developed, launched and oversaw several jewellery trade titles as Editor & Project Manager. After eight months as Marketing & Communications Manager, she was promoted to Associate Publisher & Editor-in-Chief in March 2020. Quiniquini has held senior editorial positions with regional trade publications in Singapore and Dubai. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas and pursued postgraduate studies in International Relations at De La Salle University.

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