The RJC’s Board structure reflects the whole-of-supply chain participation of RJC Members.  Elections to the Board are held annually, ensuring representation across the 7 Member Forums and a balance of supply chain interests, from mine to retail, with no one sector dominant.  Membership of the RJC is open to any business in the jewellery supply chain who makes a commitment to assurance of responsible business practices.

RJC’s multi-stakeholder standards development process, involving a range of supply chain participants and stakeholders in the RJC Standards Committee, is a key strength of the Council.


The RJC Governance Handbook (2018) provides guidance as to how the RJC Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association are to be implemented, and how the Board and Committees of the Council are run.

The executive functions and day-to-day management of the Council are carried out by the RJC Management Team.


RJC Board of Directors Officers and Members:

  • Chair: David Bouffard  – Signet Jewelers Ltd
  • Vice Chair: Peter Karakchiev – ALROSA
  • Honorary Treasurer: Feriel Zerouki – De Beers Group
  • Honorary Secretary: Matthew Kilgarriff – Richemont


  • Stephen Lussier – De Beers Group of Companies
  • James R Pounds – Dominion Diamond Corporation
  •  Eugenio Huayhua Vera – Sotrami S.A
  • Alok Kumbhat – Jewelex India Pvt Ltd (Diamond Division)
  • Didier Backaert – Bonas & Co.
  • Michael Steinmetz – Leo Schachter Diamonds LLC
  • Gregory Magid (Kusasa Refining Pty Ltd)
  • Philipp Reisert – C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG
  • René Wiskemann – Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt AG
  • Patrick Addor – Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Giorgio Bodei – Pomellato SPA
  • Mark Hanna – Richline Group, Inc.
  • Isabelle Poly – Piaget
  • Eric de Rocquigny – Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Bernard Malek – Cartier
  • Boaz Lev – Gem Lab Services
  • Deborah Azar – Gemological Science International
  • Rajesh Neelakanta – BV Chinai & Co. (India) Pvt. ltd
  • Stephane Fischler – International Diamond Manufacturers Association
  • Bernadette Pinet-Couq – BJOP
  • Michaël Geelhand de Merxem – Antwerp World Diamond Centre


RJC Committee Chairs

  • Standards Committee: Ainsley Butler (UL) and Purvi Shah (De Beers Group of Companies)
  • Assurance Committee: Jon Phillips (Corona Jewellery Company)
  • Communications Committee: Isabelle Poly (Piaget) and Mark Hanna (Richline Group, Inc.)