World Diamond Council appoints new vice president

Stephane Fischler

The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced yesterday that the board of directors have elected Stephane Fischler as vice president.

As a founding member of the WDC, Fischler has been actively involved in the WDC since its inception.

“I am honored to be working with president Polyakov, the WDC board of directors and our membership,” states Fischler. “The WDC’s role in representing the industry at the Kimberley Process forum is critically important to the success and integrity of the KP. I look forward to contributing to this valuable work.”

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Fischler is a partner in the company Fischler Diamonds and currently serves as the president of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), vice president of the International Diamond Council (IDC) and Diamond Development Initiative, and treasurer of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). He is also a current member of the board of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

WDC president Andrey Polyakov comments: “Stephane Fischler’s extensive knowledge and experience, not only in the industry, but specifically with the KP, is invaluable to the WDC. We now have a great team in place to continue our focus on engaging with and enhancing the Kimberley Process, to the benefit of all concerned.”

Additionally, Ronnie Vander Linden was re-elected treasurer of the WDC for a second term, and Udi Sheintal will continue in the position of Corporate Secretary.

Per the WDC Bylaws, Fischler will succeed Polyakov as President of the WDC at the end of his two-year term in 2018.

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