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Iris Van der Veken
Executive Director
Responsible Jewellery Council
The Road to Responsibility: A Framework (Panel)

Iris has a background in law and international relations. A sustainability pioneer, leadership executive, humanitarian, and coalition-builder, with more than 20 years of global experience working in technology, diamonds, jewelry, fashion, and government.  She initiated and Chaired the United Nations Global Compact Network Belgium and has been honored there for her work on promoting corporate social responsibility in Belgium and abroad with a focus on human rights including children’s rights and the role of business. Iris is committed to the agenda of gender equality.  She was appointed as Responsible Jewellery Council Executive Director in March 2019 and is dedicated to a ‘members first’ strategy and contributing towards the 2030 agenda and the 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).