NEW YORK, NY, July 14, 2016 - The World Diamond Council (WDC) announced yesterday that the Board of Directors elected Mr. Stephane Fischler as Vice President of the WDC. As a founding member of the WDC, Mr. Fischler has been actively involved in the WDC since its inception.
The WDC is a collective of members representing the entire international diamond industry supply chain, from mining through retail. The group represents the diamond industry in the development and implementation of systems developed by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process (KP) to eradicate and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate diamond trade.
“I am honored to be working with President Polyakov, the WDC Board of Directors and our membership,” stated Mr. 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.”
A partner in the company Fischler Diamonds, Mr. Fischler 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).
“Stephane Fischler’s extensive knowledge and experience, not only in the industry, but specifically with the KP, is invaluable to the WDC,” stated Andrey Polyakov, President of 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, Mr. Ronnie VanderLinden was re-elected Treasurer of the WDC for a second term, and Mr. Udi Sheintal will continue in the position of Corporate Secretary. Per the WDC Bylaws, Mr. Fischler will succeed Mr. Polyakov as President of the WDC at the end of his two-year term in 2018.