Ya'akov Almor

Ya'akov Almor is strategic consultant and communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience under his belt in the international diamond, gemstone and jewellery industry and trade. Since 1998, he is a full partner in MarketDirect Business Communications Ltd. where he serves as the company's co-managing director, with overall responsibility for public relations services, client relations and business development.

Born in the Netherlands, Ya'akov immigrated into Israel in 1982, becoming a public information and development officer at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. In 1987 he was appointed associate editor at International Diamond Publications Ltd. in Ramat Gan. The following year he became director of public relations for the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange and the Israel Emerald Cutters Association. In 1990 he joined the private sector as marketing and sales director of Colgem Ltd., a firm that manufactures and trades in high-end colored gemstones and fancy colored diamonds. Ya'akov holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Tel Aviv. Ya'akov is also a certified gemologist.

Among others, Ya'akov currently serves as Director of Communications of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, as well as chief communications liaison and spokesman of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). During much of the first decade of this century, he served as the public relations director of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), and was the founding editor of ICA's magazine, InColor, which today remains the single international magazine in the colored gemstone trade.

With his ample hands-on knowledge of the diamond and gem industry, combined with his many years of experience in communications and public relations, Ya'akov is ideally placed to help companies and organizations shape their corporate identity, their marketing communications strategies and corporate and public relations.

2012 Las Vegas Conference - May 31, 2012

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