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WDC Executive Director Exits Organization

Sep 3, 2019 8:28 AM   By Rapaport News
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 Marie-Chantal Kaninda has stepped down as executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC) after two and a half years in the position.

“Marie-Chantal’s influence on the WDC has been profound,” WDC president Stephane Fischler said Tuesday.“As a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a veteran of the African mining sector, she brought to the position a sensibility and intuitive understanding that was particularly important to an organization such as ours.”

Kaninda, who replaced Patricia Syvrud in the position in March 2017, had previously worked for mining companies Rio Tinto, De Beers and Anglo Gold, primarily in Africa. She was the chair of the Anti-Corruption Initiative for the private sector for the DRC. In July, Forbes Afrique ranked Kaninda number 14 on its list of Africa’s 100 most influential women.

“The time has come for me to move on,” Kaninda explained. “I certainly do not do so from a place of disillusionment or disappointment, on the contrary, but simply because [a] new opportunity has presented itself, and at this stage of my career I feel that I must seize it.”

Although Kaninda’s employment ended August 31, she will attend and provide support to the WDC at the organization’s annual general meeting in Belgium in October and at the Kimberley Process (KP) plenary in India in November.

Image: Marie-Chantal Kaninda. (World Diamond Council)
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