Marie-Chantal Kaninda leaves the World Diamond Council for Glencore.

After two and a half years at the head of the World Diamond Council (WDC), Congolese Marie-Chantal Kaninda joins the staff of the commodities trader Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she will serve as Executive Director & Head of Corporate Affairs.

Marie-Chantal Kaninda joins Glencore DRC as Executive Director & Head of Corporate Affairs.
After two and a half years at the head of the World Diamond Council (WDC), Congolese Marie-Chantal Kaninda joins the staff of the commodities trader Glencore in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she will serve as Executive Director & Head of Corporate Affairs.
Commenting on her departure from the WDC in a statement, the new head of the Anglo-Swiss giant, whom Resources has interviewed in the past, explained that « the time has come for her to move on… New opportunities have presented themselves and, at this stage of my career, I feel I must seize them, » she concluded in her message. However, Marie-Chantal Kaninda said she will take part, one last time, in the WDC Annual General Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, in October, and in the Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting in New Delhi, India, in November.

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After helping to advance the Kimberley Process – an international certification mechanism to eliminate « blood diamonds » from the market – in her previous positions, the Congolese woman will be able to rely on her solid experience in the mining sector – forged with giants such as De Beers, Anglogold Ashanti and Rio Tinto, to navigate in a context of uncertainty. In fact, between the arrival in office of a new Minister of Mines (Willy Kitobo Samsoni), an increasingly demanding state partner with mining operators, and Glencore’s current setbacks (fall in cobalt prices, temporary closure of the Mutanda mine, With all the legal challenges ahead, Marie-Chantal Kaninda, considered one of the most influential women in Africa (she appears in the Forbes Africa 2019 ranking of the 100 most influential women on the continent), will face many challenges.)