Vice President, Australia
After completing a Diploma in Business Studies, Damien carved a highly successful career in the insurance and financial services sectors where he held senior executive positions with a number of leading international organisations. His passion eventually led him to the opal industry where he and his brother Andrew (past president 2007-2009) are directors of a leading Australian opal exporting company which also operates retail opal stores and museums in Australia. These companies have won Government Export and Tourism Awards for excellence in these fields.
Together with his brother he co-authored the book ‘The Opal Story’ which has enjoyed a circulation of around 60,000 copies worldwide. Damien has served the gem and jewellery industry in a number of capacities including as International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Ambassador to Australia. He is currently serving as Vice President of ICA.