IDI names new managing director

IDI Managing Director Aviel Elia

The Board of Directors of the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) recently appointed Aviel Elia as the institute’s new managing director, replacing Eli Avidar.

Elia, a lawyer by profession, has served as legal adviser and company secretary of IDI since 2013. As a key member of IDI’s management team, he has been involved in developing strategies and negotiating critical company transactions. He has been responsible for many aspects of corporate and operational management, including budgets, regulatory processes and implementation, and has represented the institute in dealings with the government.

IDI Chairman Boaz Moldawsky said, “I am very pleased that Aviel has agreed to assume the position of IDI managing director. He is very well versed in IDI’s mission and activities. He has shown leadership, initiative and commitment. We are all very pleased that he will now be leading the organisation.”

Elia commented, “I am very excited to assume my new role with IDI and to lead its talented and devoted staff. I was fortunate to have worked under Eli and I learned a great deal from him. IDI is in a unique position to work together with all parts of the industry to strengthen the Israeli diamond sector by initiating new projects and by providing important assistance and tools to diamantaires, as we have in the past.”

Elia holds a BA in Business Administration and LLB from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and is studying towards an Executive MBA at Hebrew University. A security expert, he held a number of managerial positions in the State Security Services and the Israel Airports Authority’s security system.

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