Women's Forum Global Meeting 2022


Iris Van der Veken

Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030

Executive Director & Secretary General


Iris has a background in law and international relations. A sustainability pioneer, leadership executive and coalition-builder, with more than 20 years of global experience working in fast-paced environments including technology, diamonds, jewellery, fashion, and government. She initiated and Chaired the United Nations Global Compact Network Belgium. She was honoured by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs for her leadership role in initiating the Global Compact Network Belgium and 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. In her former role as RJC Executive Director she was dedicated to a ‘members first’ strategy with 20 % growth despite COVID. She also launched the Generation Equality Campaign for the global jewellery and watch industry. In July 2022 Iris was appointed as Executive Director & Secretary-General of the Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030, based at Maison de la Paix in Geneva. Iris has been an active volunteer for the Special Olympics for over 20 years and she ran the NY marathon for UNICEF. She is a Board Member ISEAL and DIAMONDS DO GOOD.

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