Marie-Chantal Kaninda is New Executive Director of World Diamond Council

Marie-Chantal Kaninda has been named by the Board of Directors of the World Diamond Council (WDC) as its new Executive Director.

Kaninda replaced Patricia Syvrud, taking over on March 1, 2017.

The WDC said that Kaninda would bring more than 20 years of industry marketing and stakeholder engagement experience. She has worked for Anglo Gold Ashanti, De Beers and Rio Tinto among others, mostly in Africa.

Kaninda is a resident of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and fluent in French and English.

Since 2012, she has served as the Chair of the Anti-Corruption Initiative for the private sector for the DRC. She is also a director of the Diamond Development Initiative and Procredit Equity Bank.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Ms. Kaninda’s background and experience take on the role of Executive Director of the WDC,” said WDC President Andrey Polyakov. “Her perspective will be invaluable to the industry work within the Kimberley Process reform initiative, which will take place this year and next.” He continued by saying, “We thank Patricia Syvrud for her professionalism and assistance in building the WDC into the organization it is today, and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”