Strategy Expert Joins JNA Awards 2017 Judging Panel

Hong Kong: The JNA Awards, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international jewellery and gemstone industry, has announced that Mark Lee, Research Director of the Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy, is the latest to join the 2017 judging panel.

The JNA Awards is known for its transparent, fair and intellectually rigorous judging process. Lee will be joining an esteemed panel of industry experts, namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council (WGC) and former Managing Director of WGC, Far East; James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America in India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “We are really excited in welcoming Dr Mark Lee on board. His vast and diverse experience working with multinationals and corporations offers a valuable perspective from business strategic and operational standpoints to the judging panel.”

Lee shared, “To maintain sustainable growth, every industry should pay attention to marketing and innovation while cutting-edge design is necessary to put the two into real action. I am very honoured to be a member of the judging panel for the JNA Awards this year. I look forward to sharing my experience on business strategy and operations with my fellow judges.”

Lee is the Research Director of the Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy with over twenty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of innovation, strategy and leadership. He has worked with multinational and enterprises in Hong Kong including Chow Tai Fook, Amorepacific, IKEA, 7-Eleven, MTR Corporation, Sino Group, AXA and Crown Motor.

As a dynamic and engaging speaker, he has been invited to speak for leading associations including the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Brand Development Council, Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, GS1 and the Hong Kong Exporters’ Association.

JNA is making a final call for entries for the 2017 edition of the JNA Awards. There is no fee to enter the JNA Awards and interested parties may submit their entry forms online until midnight (Hong Kong time) of 5 May 2017.

The JNA Awards 2017 is supported by Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, together with Honoured Partners KGK Group, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited.

The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on 22 June 2017 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.