Unifying role is the main objective of the National Gemological Association

Yuri Shelementiev runs the Gemological Centre (GC) at the Moscow State University and is a president of the National Gemological Association (NGA) uniting the gemologists of Russia. The head of the MSU’ GC and the NGA answered the R&P’s...

15 july 2019

“Our goal is to bring clarity to the offering of Lab Grown Diamonds”, asserts Chris Casey, President, Lab Grown Diamond Council

Chris Casey is a 15-year veteran of the diamond and jewelry industry.  Chris also has extensive experience in market research as Founding Managing Director of the NPD Diamond and Diamond Jewelry Service where his responsibility included the...

08 july 2019

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki: Our dedication to scientific research is an important foundation to our expertise

Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, PhD, Director of the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, in an interview with R&P told about the activities and plans of one of the world's leading Gemological laboratories specializing in scientific research of diamonds...

01 july 2019

“Lab-Grown Diamonds is probably the biggest scam this industry has ever seen,”: Leibish Polnauer, Founder-President, Leibish & Co.

An interesting story from the Leibish & Co takes you way back to the year 1979 when young Leibish Polnauer, then a diamond polisher, was travelling to London, having just found out that the factory at which he worked had been shut down. He found an advertisement...

24 june 2019

Botswana mining industry players speak on speculative exploration licences

Speculative mineral exploration licences was a recurring theme from presentations made by three players in Botswana mining industry at a conference convened in Gaborone. The country has issued thousands of exploration licences, across the mining industry...

17 june 2019

Forbes Afrique lists WDC executive director one of Africa’s 100 most influential women

11 july 2019

news_11072019_marie.pngForbes Afrique has named the World Diamond Council (WDC) executive director Marie-Chantal Kaninda as one the continent’s 100 most influential women.
The French-language version of the influential economic periodical that focuses on African affairs, ranked Kaninda in 14th place among African women involved in public service.
It recognised her work to further the interests of individuals and communities involved in Africa’s mining sector.
She established the MCKM Foundation, which focuses on education for girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her country of birth.
Kaninda has served as WDC executive director since March 1, 2017.
Immediately prior to joining the WDC, she was the Chief Advisor for External Affairs, Africa, at Rio Tinto Corporation, a position she held from 2012.
WDC said Kaninda had worked to improve the lives of Africa’s disadvantaged people, be they women, artisanal miners or individuals impacted by ongoing violence. 
“Her belief that a country’s natural resources can fuel the development of all its people essentially embodies what we strive for in the WDC,” said WDC President Stephane Fischler.
Forbes Afrique journalist Nadia Mensah-Acogny, who has been compiling the list since 2013, said the presence of African women at the highest levels in all sectors is no longer a shadow of a doubt.
“But despite this, gender equality still leaves something to be desired and the finding is bitter. African women are still under-represented in the private sector,” she said.
“Like everywhere in the world, diversity remains a challenge for women in Africa. However, there is no need to despair, because beautiful energies are set up to get things done faster.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished