Dr. Cedric Simonet and Patrick Ojeka among 2019 ICA Congress speakers

The 17th ICA (International Colored Stones Association) Congress will host industry professionals, gemmologists, gem miners, manufacturers and retailers from all over the world. The event will kick off on the 12th of October to the 15th October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Among the invited are African speakers, Dr. Cedric Simonet and Patrick .

Dr. Cedric Simonet holds a in Geology of Ruby and Sapphire Deposits, a Gemology Diploma from the University of Nantes (France), and has 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration and mining in France and many African Countries. Along his career, Cédric has retained a passion for and has been involved in ruby, sapphire, emerald, tsavorite, tourmaline and garnet exploration and mining projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, Rwanda Burundi.

Dr. Cédric is a former General Manager of the John Saul Ruby Mine in Kenya. A Director of Akili Minerals Services Ltd, his exploration services company based in Nairobi, Cédric is the immediate past Chairperson of the Kenya Chamber of Mines and is presently involved in the modernization of tsavorite mines in Kenya.

Mr. Patrick Ojeka has worked extensively both in the private and public sector. His career span across professional fields such as Hydrogeology, Engineering Surveying and Geology. He superintended at the World Bank S120million(SMMRP) Mining Project in Nigeria from 2005 – 2013, where he was the Assistant Project Coordinator and currently as the Director, Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Department, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria and double as the Acting Registrar, Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientist(COMEG).

Mr. Ojeka is a member of the following professional bodies; Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society(NMGS), Nigerian Institute of Surveying, National Association of , and as a registered Geoscientist with the Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientist(COMEG). Mr. Ojeka has attended and participated at several International Professional Conferences, Foras and Workshops such as Community and Artisanal and Small-scale Mining(CASM) World Bank; International Colourgemstones Association(ICA); MineExpo; Africa DownUnder Mining Conference; Producers and Developers Association of Canada(PDAC); Mining Indaba; World Bank/EITI workshop on integrating ASM into EITI; UNESCO capacity building on ASM; China-Africa Corporation on Human Resource Training in Mineral Resources Sector; UNDP workshop on Development of Lower Value Minerals and Materials(LVMMD).

Eminent speakers at the congress include Susan Jacques – GIA’s president and CEO. Gaetano Cavalieri – President, CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation. Alberto Milani- president of the Italy American Chamber of Commerce. Liu Chun – Executive Director, Chow Tai Fook. Paula Crevoshay – Owner, Crevoshay. Bill Boyajian – Bill Boyajian & Associates.

Other renowned industry speakers include: Pramod Kumar Agarwal, Billie Hughes, Kenneth Scarratt, Vincent Pardieu, Charles Lawson, Benjamin Guttery and many more.

Images and bio content: ICA

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