Brad Brooks-Rubin (pictured), who had been working as strategic adviser and North American trade lead for the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), is returning to the U.S. State Department as a senior adviser in the office of the coordinator of sanctions policy.
Brooks-Rubin joined the RJC in September 2021 and soon became an outspoken critic of the group’s reluctance to suspend Russian diamond miner Alrosa following its invasion of Ukraine. (The miner eventually resigned from the RJC.)
Prior to that, he served as managing director for the Sentry, part of the Enough Project, and director, global development and beneficiation, for the Gemological Institute of America.
He previously worked at the U.S. State Department as senior adviser of conflict diamonds from 2009 to 2013, where he was the U.S. point person for the Kimberley Process.
In related news, the RJC selected new board members at its annual meeting: Raj Kumar Jain from Gemstones Corp. was elected to represent the diamonds and gemstones traders, cutters and polishers forum; Ankur Goyal from MMTC-PAMP was elected to represent the precious metals traders, refiners, and hedgers forum; Arien Gessner from the Richline Group and Roger Forman from the Marathon Co. were elected to represent the jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers forum; Pravin Pattni from Minar Jewellers was elected to represent the jewelry retailer forum; Rajesh Neelakanta from BVC Logistics was reelected to represent the service industries forum; and Edward Asscher from the World Diamond Council was elected to represent the trade association forum.
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