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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