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Ratnesh Gandhi


  • Company Name: DIA9
  • Years of Involvement in the Trade: 20 YEARS
  • Your Age: 42 *


 What are your three priorities within the board, and how would you approach them?

My first priority is bringing back the glory of the Antwerp diamond market and restoring our industry image. Secondly, we should further work on creating bank options for the entire diamond industry and finally, I believe that we should form one body, that collectively works towards the creation of measures and a strategy with which we can strengthen the diamond industry in Antwerp.


As representatives of a segment of the market, how would you stay in touch with your constituents/voters?

I am actively participating in the social and cultural activities of the Indian Association and I believe I have a strong network of people within the Indian diamond community. This helps me with organizing successful events and makes me receiving positive feedback from people. Because of my interpersonal and human skills, I am a real team player. My goal is to grow together in the benefit of the society as a whole.


How are you tethered to Antwerp?

I am from Indian origin and second-generation living in Antwerp. I can look back on very successful business results during the past 40 years. I’m not only actively participating in the Indian social event industry, I’ve also been active in social work in and around Antwerp. Also, we have been able to develop strong business relationships with clients in other European countries.


What are Antwerp's assets?

For me, the multicultural environment is one of the most important assets of our city. Additional, I believe the support regarding everything finance and tax related is a big plus. Furthermore the fact that Antwerp is located at the heart of Europe with great access to big European cities is advantage that is inherently linked to Antwerp. And finally, the way Antwerp is organized as a city, regarding law and order, makes from our city an extremely good, peaceful and harmonious place to live.  


What is the best-kept secret of Antwerp?

For me, Antwerp is a very beautiful and vibrant city, full of high end art, culture and a rich history. Many people in this city are active in sports and we have world’s best artists and designers. In my opinion, Antwerp is a place that can offer something to everyone.