Ms. Barbara Wheat
MS. BARBARA WHEAT, Vice President at Ho Group of Companies
Core Specialisation : Colour Stone Grading and Research

Barbara Wheat is an M.Sc. (Sustainability Management) from Columbia University, and Accredited Gemologist (AIGS). She entered the g&j industry in early 90s (Ho Group), and came full-circle in 2018, when she assumed the role of VP, International Relations & Business Development for the Group.

Barbara consults for the international g&j sector, and in areas of sustainability, CSR, human rights, supply chain management, ethical practices and sourcing. Her company Gemalytics LLC’s clients include the likes of Levin Sources, for whom she was involved in a research project for WB.

Among other roles, she is President, Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences; Partner, ‘Gemstone Expeditions’ (organizes mine tours).

Previously: Worked with Thai Department of Export Promotion and Ministry of Commerce; Participated in Madagascar ministry-level talks to help change gemstone export procedures; ED, International Colored Gemstone Association; Executive VP, Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA).