In May of this year, Menachem Prager was announced as the new president of the London Diamond Bourse, and he has wasted no time in rolling up his sleeves and getting started in his new role.
“Being elected as president is a most cherished achievement. I feel that I have moved into this position with ease, and since my election I have developed a feeling of trust and goodwill from both the members and the Council of Management,” he enthuses.
Formerly vice-president, and a member of the London Diamond Bourse for 36 years, Menachem is well-placed to guide the organisation confidently into the future. “I am looking forward to representing the Bourse at conferences and congresses. Also, I will be in a good position to promote the positive image of the Bourse both nationally and internationally,” he affirms.
Indeed, a key part of his esteemed position is to act as a role model and a spokesperson for the UK diamond industry, often on a world stage.
But Menachem’s feet will also be kept firmly on the ground by his work outside the Bourse as a hospital chaplain, which he says can always be relied upon to keep him on his toes and help him to appreciate life from a different perspective, and also by his ever-supportive family.
“I endeavour to have tea with my children and grandchildren practically every Sunday,” he says. “Family life is paramount for me. There is no point in working if you don’t have a loving family behind you.”