“The industry is under some pressure, and as we all know, diamonds are formed under great pressure!”, says Dr Martin Leake

A veteran in the field of precious stones, Dr Martin Leake a doctorate geologist had worked for 22 years with BHP Billiton; and also set up a world-class marketing unit for Grib Diamonds in Antwerp. Later, as an Independent Consultant, Dr Martin Leake...

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Recovery of diamond industry within a year if end-consumer demand holds – Zimnisky

An independent diamond industry analyst and consultant said the natural diamond industry will be in a better position within a year time if end-consumer demand holds. Paul Zimnisky, CFA told Rough & Polished’s Mathew Nyaungwa in an exclusive interview...

02 september 2019

Working according to one’s weaknesses and strengths

Canon Jhaveri grew up watching his diamond-dealer father and uncle working with diamonds. The sparkles of the diamonds fascinated the young boy, who became more intrigued every time he visited his father’s office. After graduating in 2002, Canon Jhaveri...

26 august 2019

The diamond business is yet bright and has a good future in the coming days

Hitesh Patel, Managing Director of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd., joined the family business in 1997 to help his father Laljibhai Patel, the founder of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd. Egged on by its success, Hitesh set up the overseas presence of...

19 august 2019

The talk around LGDs is all hype

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12 august 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