Director, China

Chen Shen was born in Shanghai, China. He graduated from University of Baltimore with B.S. degree. Later, he also earned an MBA from University of Baltimore. He attended Executive Program at American Management Association.

He started his professional career with National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia as marketing analyst. Later, he joined Schlumberger and spent 15 years with the company in various marketing and management positions. His jobs focused on launching new businesses in Europe and Americas.

Through his travel in Colombia, he had fallen in love with magic of emerald. In 2008, he started Skywalk Global as gemstone wholesale business, specializing in Colombian emerald. With deep appreciation of art and jewelry, in 2012, he took his creative mind and business acumen to China and started jewelry retailer Rico Gems in Shanghai. Through innovative products mix and marketing, he quickly built the company into multimillions business. During this time, he traveled extensively in China and researched emerald’s Chinese history. In 2015, he and his partner Ronald Ringsrud published the Chinese book: Emeralds: A Passionate Guide. It is the first professional book on emerald’s Chinese history.

He is also a member of International Colored Gemstone Association. He follows closely on the development of retail business and new technology in China. With his extensive connection with gemstones and diamonds sources, his opinions and advices on Chinese market are sought by international and Chinese gemstones and jewelry professional alike.

Chen is a member of American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He helps to facilitate mergers and acquisitions for Chinese companies. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Chen also runs the wholesale of Chinese freshwater pearl business and a green technology startup.

Board of Directors

Clement Sabbagh

President, Brazil

Damien Cody

Vice President, Australia

Nirmal Kumar Bardiya

Vice President, India

Marcelo Ribeiro

Treasurer, Brazil

Bruce Bridges

Secretary, USA

Santpal Sinchawla

Secretary, Thailand

E. Gamini Zoysa

Director, Sri Lanka

Alice Muthama

Director, Kenya

Captain Ramji Sharma

Director, Japan

Gabriel Angarita

Director, Colombia

Saurabh Bansal

Director, Germany

Henry Ho

Director, Thailand

Masaru Mizumura

Director, Japan

Pavel Sokolov

Director, Russia

Philippe Scordia

Director, France

Rakesh Jain

Director, Hong Kong

Kobi Sevdermish

Director, Israel

Shirley Xue Li Zhang

Director, Hong Kong

Stephan Reif

Director, Austria

Vijay Kedia

Director, India

Warren F. Boyd

Director, Canada

Chen Shen

Director, China

Jean Claude Michelou

Advisor, Colombia

Ruben Bindra

Advisor, USA

Benjamin Hackman

Immediate Past President, USA

Gary Roskin

Executive Director, USA

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