Following successful fundraising events in New York City, the Hamptons, Dallas and Las Vegas, the Diamond Empowerment Fund will present its first event in London at Altitude 360 on Monday, November 8.

DEF London: Diamonds In The Sky is a benefit cocktail party and auction that will bring together a unique mixture of the international diamond jewelry sector, London’s corporate, social and entertainment sectors, and DEF supporters. Honorary Event Chair Russell Simmons will honor two very special advocates for empowerment in Africa: Nicky Oppenheimer, chairman of DeBeers Group, and Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank.

Founded by Russell Simmons along with other individuals in the diamond and jewelry industries and others who are committed to the empowerment of Africa, the non-profit Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission is to raise money to support education initiatives that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. Based in the United States since its establishment in 2007, D.E.F. has two named beneficiary organizations, CIDA City Campus and African Leadership Academy, both models for access to higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sixty percent of world’s diamonds come from Sub-Saharan Africa. In a land rich in diamonds, D.E.F.‘s goal is to help African’s most precious diamonds- its youth- have greater educational opportunities that lead to personal and economic empowerment.

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