IPE Lecture Series - Gareth Penny, De Beers Group CEO

 We have a very exciting lecture on June 10 in the IPE lecture series; please see the details below:

Speaker: Gareth Penny, De Beers Group CEO

Lecture Title: "Africa Working: The De Beers Experience. A Conversation with De Beers Group CEO Gareth Penny on the Role of the Private Sector in Developing Sustainable Solutions for Africa."

Event Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 6:30pm


 
Gareth Penny, De Beers Group CEO
 

Attendance is free for AFLSE members. $5 for non-members. An advance RSVP is required.

Please click here for online RSVP and payment.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.

Location: Mortara Center for International Studies located at 1248 36th Street, NW Washington, DC, the corner of 36th and N Streets. The event is being held in the conference room on the main floor (it can been seen as you enter through the main door).

The AFLSE Washington, DC chapter's International Policy & Economics Lecture Series (IPE) featuring numerous prominent LSE alumni in the Washington, DC area.

For questions, please contact: Pietro DiSciascio pietrodisc@gmail.com

AFLSE DC IPE Lecture Series:
May 28, 2008 - Dov Zakheim , Booz Allen Hamilton
February 26, 2008 - Michael Chertoff , Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
January 31, 2008 - Marc Grossman , (retired) Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, State Department
October 23, 2007 - Joel Brenner , National Counterintelligence Executive and Mission Manager for Counterintelligence
July 11, 2007 - Margaret McCown , Senior Analyst, National Defense University
June 27, 2007 - Steven Payson , Chief, Special Studies Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis
May 30, 2007 - Anthony Elson , Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science
April 25, 2007- Dennis McBride , President, The Potomac Institute
March 28, 2007 - Dr. Richard Weitz , Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute

(Please click on link for details on each event.)


GARETH PENNY
Managing Director of De Beers


Biography

Gareth Penny has been the prime architect of the radical change in the De Beers business model, which replaced over 100 years of supply-side management in the rough diamond business with demand-driven initiatives that have seen global diamond industry growth year on year since 2000.

Gareth has reshaped not only the world’s largest diamond company, but an entire industry. It was Gareth’s vision that led De Beers through its seminal Strategic Review, and his candid and forward-thinking leadership that has inspired a remarkable transformation of the diamond industry as a whole. Through De Beers’ Supplier of Choice strategy he has changed the dynamics of the business, driving demand and developing synergies to bring efficiencies to the supply chain. He is a champion of financial transparency, technological innovation, marketing & branding, and - most importantly - ethical accountability, reputation management and product integrity.

Gareth Penny joined Anglo American Corporation in 1988 and ran the Anglo American & De Beers Small Business Initiative in South Africa. He set up a diamond cutting factory in Botswana, and then spent two years as Personal Assistant to the Chairman of Anglo American & De Beers. Having led the Strategic Review, Gareth was appointed Director of Sales & Marketing of the Diamond Trading Company in 2001, joined the Board of De Beers in 2003 and became Group Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the De Beers Group of Companies in March 2006.

In 2006 Gareth presented at the STAR Management Week at RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands, was a key note speaker at the World Diamond Congress in Israel, and delivered a Leadership Lecture at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 and 2008 Gareth spoke at the International Investment Conference Mining Indaba in Cape Town.

Gareth was voted Person of the Year in 2003, by the authoritative jewellery industry magazine JCK (Jewelers Circular Keystone), and holds Honorary Life Membership of the London Diamond Bourse & Club. He is a member of the Julius Baer Holding Ltd Board, the listed leading, dedicated wealth manager in Switzerland.

Educated at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town and at Eton College, Gareth was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, graduating with a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Gareth is married to Kate and they have two children.


AFLSE Washington, DC: Speaker Series
Tuesday, 06/10/08 at 6:30pm

Speaker: Gareth Penny, De Beers Group CEO

Lecture Title: "Africa Working: The De Beers Experience. A Conversation with De Beers Group CEO Gareth Penny on the Role of the Private Sector in Developing Sustainable Solutions for Africa."

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