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Henry Ho (jeweler)

Henry Ho is a jeweler in Thailand and President of the Bangkok Diamond & Precious Stones Exchange. Born in Rangoon, the youngest of four children, Ho left for Thailand in 1963, he decided to settle in Bangkok and started a company called "World Lapidary". In 1976 Henry Ho graduated at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California, USA. During this time, he met Robert Weiser, a fellow student and scholar where together they set up the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in 1978. In 1997, Ho established the Jewelry Asia's largest gems and jewelry marketplace. Ho led a conglomerate consisting of Thailand’s leading captains of industries. Bangkok Bank, TV Channel 3 and Central Group, were invited to take part in a venture to develop a plot of land measuring over 4.5 acres in Bangkok’s central business district on the most important business street, Silom Road. Ho served in several capacities with the Thai Gems and Jewelry Traders’ Association, beginning from 1993 to the present.

He served as the Vice-President of TGJTA from 1993-1995, is an Advisor to the association. Ho represented the highest and official diamond authority in Belgium, the Diamond High Council by operating their Asian office, offering educational courses and promoting Belgian diamond interests. In 1996, Henry Ho created a special diamond cut for the Queen Mother of Thailand, Queen Sirikit, on the occasion of her 60th birthday; the unique diamond design was named The Queen Sirikit Diamond consisting of 60 facets and a combination of the radiant and brilliant cut diamonds to bring out the maximum brightness and dispersion of light to the viewer. Several years after the Queen Sirikit Cut was introduced, Ho created another special diamond for the late King Bhumibol Adulydej on the occasion of his 68th birthday. Patents for both of the above mentioned. In 1995, the Golden Jubilee, the world’s largest faceted diamond of 545.67 carats was purchased from De Beers by a group of Thai business people led by Henry Ho in 1995.

It was arranged for the diamond to be given to King Bhumibol as a gift from the people to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King’s ascent to the throne. The yellow-brown diamond was named the Golden Jubilee, blessed by Pope John Paul II and was received by the King’s daughter, Princess Matia Chari Sirindhom on his behalf in 2000; the diamond is now on display in the Royal Museum at Pimammek Golden Temple Throne Hall in Bangkok as part of the crown jewels. Ho served as the Honorary Consul-General of Bhutan to Thailand from 1995 to 2008; the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand under the Ministry of Commerce collaborated with the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences and the Association of Gemmology of France to host the first World Ruby Forum 2017, an international academic conference aimed to establish ruby as Thailand’s most important exported gem. In conjunction with the World Ruby Forum, Henry Ho’s major activities during the event include the World’s Most Beautiful Ruby Contest and the Ruby Heart of Love supported by leading entrepreneurs.

The Ruby Heart of Love is a charitable project composed of assembling 700 rubies into a heart shape representing love and harmony of the Thai people to commemorate the late King’s 70th coronation and the 84th birthday of Queen Sirikit. Most Ho was appointed President of the Bangkok Diamond & Precious Stones Exchange; the BDPSE is recognized and endorsed by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. The Bangkok Diamond & Precious Stones Exchange is situated at the Jewelry Trade Center, where Ho oversees the growth and development of the BDPSE along with the Executive Board, the Advisory Board and its members. Official Site of Jewelry Trade Center Building "Living Legends of the Thai Gems and Jewelry Industry". Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Magazine. Thailand. September 2017

Salim Yasin

Salim Said Yasin is a Syrian economist and former deputy prime minister for economic affairs. Yasin was born in Lattakia on 10 October 1937, he received a bachelor's degree from Damascus University in 1960. He obtained a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1963, a PhD in 1965. After graduation, Yasin began to work as director of the Lattakia petroleum installation in 1960 and served there for one year. From 1961 to 1965 he worked as a civil servant, he served as assistant professor of economics at the University of Aleppo from 1966 to 1970. He was appointed vice dean of the faculty of commerce of the same university and his tenure lasted from 1967 to 1969, he served as acting president of Aleppo University from 1969 to 1970. He became associate professor of economics and president of the University of Lattakia where he served from 1971 to 1978, he was appointed transport minister and minister of planning. Next he was named minister of economy and foreign trade and held the post from 1981 to 1985.

Yasin was appointed deputy prime minister in 1985. Since Abdel Rauf Al Kassem resigned, a new government was formed on 2 November 1987, Mahmoud Zuabi was appointed prime minister. Yasin retained his post together with other two deputy prime ministers, namely Mustafa Tlass and Mahmoud Qaddour. Yasin was replaced by Khalid Raad. Yasin returned to teaching post at Damascus University. Following the death of Hafez Assad he was made a member of the Baath Party's regional command in June 2000. In June 2000, Yasin was arrested and imprisoned on charges of embezzlement for which former prime minister Mahmoud Zuabi was accused, his family assets were frozen by the government. He was freed in November 2000. However, on 8 December 2001, he and former transport minister Mufid Abdul Karim were sentenced to ten years in prison and fined for $240 million