SHLOMO ESHED President
Currently serving in his sixth consecutive term as President of the Israel Precious Stones Exchange, after first being elected to the position in 2002, Shlomo Eshed previously served as IPSDE Vice President and as a member of the exchange’s Board of Directors.
As the son of one of the pioneers the diamond industry in Israel – his father, Eliyahu Z.L., was the manager of the cutting department of the Bachara Diamonds Cooperative in Netanya in the 1940s, and many years later was recognized for his contribution when he was awarded the title of Esteemed Industry Veteran” by the Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association.
Shlomo followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the industry in 1973 after serving as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, and was a participant at the official opening of the IPDSE’s first headquarters on Rakun Street in Ramat Gan in 1974.
In 1990 he set up his own firm with his younger brother Ofer Z.L., called Gemerald, which today is one of Israel’s leading colored gemstone manufacturers, specializing in emeralds and tanzanite. Ofer sadly passed away in 2010.
A dedicated public servant in the Israeli gemstone industry, Shlomo filled a variety of roles on various IPSDE committees, before joining the board of directors.
MATITYAHU (MATI) SHEMESH Deputy/Vice President and Treasurer
Born in Afghanistan, Mati Shemesh immigrated to Israel in 1977, and soon afterwards began his career in the industry as a diamond polisher. With a family connection to the colored gemstone business, he branched out into the precious stones trade, becoming a member of the Israel Precious Stones and Diamond Exchange in 1982.
Today, Mati works with his brother, Zevulun Shemesh, predominantly as a manufacturer and exporter of fancy colored diamonds. The company is headquartered in the Yahalom Building of the Israeli Diamond Exchange complex.
He joined the IPSDE Board of Directors in 2006, and served as Treasurer before taking on the additional roles of Deputy President and Vice President. Mati took an active role in the organization of the event in 2013 that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the IPSDE’s establishment.
AVIKAM D. BEZALEL Vice President
Avikam Bezalel, the oldest son of Israeli industry veteran Yosef Bezalel, began his career in the diamond and gemstone business immediately after completing his national military service in July 1984. Having acquired a professional training, he was hired as a work manager at the A. Schwartz and Sons factory, where he worked for 17 years.
In 2003 he became a member of the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange, and two years later he established his own company, Avikam D. Bezalel, where together with his brother, Eran, he specializes in the manufacture and export of fancy colored diamonds and precious gemstones.
Avikam is a member of the IPSDE Membership Committee. He is committed community volunteer in his city of residence, Rishon Lezion.
MISHEL AZIZ Board Member
Born in Iran, Mishel Aziz immigrated to Israel in 1976, and got his start in the industry in 1978 after studying a course in gemology. It was to stand him in good stead, for during the wake of a wave of immigration from Iran following the revolution in the early 1980s, he was called on to teach gemology in Persian to Iranian immigrants planning to join the industry.
With a background in colored gemstones and diamonds, including a period at which he worked for one Israel’s largest gemstone manufacturers, Mishel established HM Diamonds in 2008, specializing in the production of side stones.
Mishel was elected to the IPSDE Board of Directors in 2006.
MICHAEL DOMATOV Board Member
Born in Uzbekistan in the former Soviet Union, Michael Domatov immigrated to Israel in 1979 and began his career in the diamond sector soon afterwards. He joined the Israel Precious Stones and Diamond Exchange in 2000.
Michael is an owner of New Star Diamonds, and has specialized in the production and sale of fancy color diamonds over a period during which they evolved from being a novelty item to widely sought-after product.
He filled a number of public positions at IPDE, including serving on the Membership Committee and as an arbitrator, before joining the Board of Directors in 2012.
MOSHE MESILATI Board Member
Born in 1950, Moshe Mesilati joined the industry in 1972, working together with Albert Mashiach, one of the founders of the precious gemstone industry in Israel. In 1976, he was appointed manager of Yakam Gem, and soon after established is own manufacturing company, which also specialized in the import of rough gemstones, and in particular emerald and tanzanite. Much of the imported material was cut and polished in his factory in Israel. During the same period he managed a number of gemstone cutting plants, including Worldwide Gems.
Today Moshe considered one of Israel’s leading tanzanite experts, and still is involved in its import and manufacture in Israel.
EYAL MISHAELY Board Member
Born in New York in 1979, Eyal Mishaely is the son of Eliyahu Mishaeli, a veteran of the diamond and precious gemstone industry, and third generation member of the Khafi family to be involved in the business, both in Israel and abroad. In 2005 he joined his father’s diamond and precious stones manufacturing and export company, specializing in fancy colors.
In 2006 he became a member of the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange, and in 2013 began serving as member of the bourse’s committees.
RONEN PERLMUTER CEO
Ronen Perlmuter joined the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange in 2013 with many years of senior management and business development experience, predominantly in the high-tech industry.
Prior to joining the IPSDE, Ronen served as a CEO and an advisor to a number of start-up companies, specializing in business development, strategy planning and marketing.
Ronen holds an MBA from the Executive program of the Tel Aviv University in partnership with the Anderson School of Management at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
ESTHER HAREL Executive Secretary
Joining the Israel Precious Stones and Diamonds Exchange in 1989, Esther Harel is responsible for the day to day management of the bourse’s administrative staff, as well as providing services to the President, Board of Directors and IPSDE committees.