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IGI appoints new senior director of education

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The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has named John Pollard as its newest senior director of education.

In this newly created role, Pollard will oversee and expand the institute’s educational offerings and diploma programs, currently taught at 14 schools of gemology around the world.

The programs include a wide array of gemstone grading and jewellery design courses, interactive eLearning and instructional seminars and webinars.

Pollard has been collaborating on projects with IGI for more than a decade. In 2020 he began designing curriculum and training for an increasing number of the institute’s clients, including leading luxury brands.

Roland Lorie, CEO of IGI, said: “I am pleased that John is taking on this important role, at IGI we have always felt a responsibility to provide proper gemological education to all who choose to enter this field.

“Only then can we have a strong industry, trusted by consumers. For over 40 years we have educated tens of thousands of people and we intend to continue reaching more people in more places, increasing knowledge and confidence among professionals and consumers alike.”

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