World Diamond Council Elects New Representative Board

The World Diamond Council has elected a new board, meant to include all elements of the diamond chain. 

The composition of the new board is part of a suite of reforms the WDC enacted in November, including a requirement that members now pay dues. The WDC is the overarching group created to represent the industry in the Kimberley Process. 

In May, the new board will hold its first formal meeting, during which it will elect the organization’s officers, including president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The WDC president will serve a single two-year term. 

The newly elected 20-member WDC board of directors is as follows:

Mining sector: Andrey Polyakov, ALROSA Group; Andrew Bone, De Beers Group; James R.W. Pounds, Dominion Diamonds Corp.; Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Rio Tinto Diamonds NV

Diamond retail: Kent Wong, Chow Tai Fook; Roberto Coin, Roberto Coin; Mark Jenkins, Signet Jewelers Ltd.; Ronnie VanderLinden, U.S. Coalition

Diamond wholesale trading: Stephane Fischler, Antwerp World Diamond Centre; Anoop Mehta, Bharat Diamond Bourse; Shmuel Schnitzer, Israel Diamond Exchange Ltd.; Ernie Blom, World Federation of Diamond Bourses (permanent member)

Diamond manufacturing: Mervin Lifshitz, Botswana Diamond Manufacturers Association; Vipul Shah, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council; Avi Paz, Israel Diamond Institute; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds

At large: Gaetano Cavalieri, the World Jewellery Confederation (permanent member); Maxim Shkadov, International Diamond Manufacturers Assoc. (permanent member); Nigel Paxman, Malca-Amit Group; Edward Asscher, Royal Asscher Diamond Company Ltd.

JCK News Director