Youri Steverlynck is the new marketing and public relations director of the Antwerp Diamond High Council (HRD). He succeeds Filip Van Laere. Steverlynck was a member of HRD's management committee, and as chief of staff he was responsible for communications, the legal and economic study department, and national public affairs. These services will be integrated into the marketing and public relations department. Steverlynck earned a degree in law at the University of Louvain (Belgium). He started his career at Belgium's Federal House of Representatives and later practiced law at the Antwerp bar. He joined HRD in 2000 as spokesman in the middle of the conflict diamond crisis.