Mr. Mahesh C. Khemlani appointed President of PDE

Category: Economy & Finance Published: Saturday, 10 October 2015 Written by Admin
Mr. Mahesh C. Khemlani, a professional with an extensive background in business and government, including a term as Vice Minister of Finance of the Republic of Panama, has been elected as the President of the Panama Diamond Exchange. The decision was taken by the PDE Board of Directors. "We are truly fortunate to have an individual of the caliber of Mahesh, with his wealth of experience, knowledge, insight, ability and acumen, leading the Panama Diamond Exchange to the next level and beyond," said PDE Founding Chairman Eli Izhakoff, who presented Mr. Khemlani┬┤s nomination before the Board.

Also, Ali Pastorini the Director Marketing of the World Jewelry Hub, was appointed as Senior Vice President of the Panama Diamond Exchange.

Mr. Khemlani joins the PDE from Grupo VerdeAzul, where he is currently Chief Investment Officer. Before joining VerdeAzul, he also served at the Ministry of Economy Finance of Panama, most recently as Vice Minister of Finance. At the Ministry, he successfully led the efforts to establish the country's sovereign wealth fund and coordinated the high-level team responsible for obtaining the Investment Grade Credit Rating for the country. During his time in public administration he won many accolades, including Public Servant of the Year for 2012 by the Panama Chamber of Capital Markets (CAPAMEC), and by the Association of Stock Exchanges of Central America and the Caribbean (BOLCEN). He also served at Optynex Telecom, a member of Technology Investment Banking Group at CIBC World Markets (formerly known as Oppenheimer Co.) and a financial analyst at Standard Poor's Portfolio Management Data Group.

Mr. Khemlani thanked Mr. Izhakoff and the PDE Board for their vote of confidence and expressed his enthusiasm for the challenges ahead. "Our objective is to create a world-class organization that will power the development of the gemstone and jewelry business in our region, and simultaneously expand the commercial relationship between Latin American and the world." He further added that 'at this stage, our focus will be on increasing membership and attracting regional buyers. I firmly believe that we have the facilities, professional personnel and strategic vision to make that all happen."

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