Chitando, DRC Minister to headline WFDB’s World Diamond Congress

Minister Winston Chitando at Mining Indaba

The 40th World Diamond Congress, which will be held in Israel from 28-30 March 2023, will feature a full roster of illustrious speakers, from the world of diamonds and beyond, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) said.

The list includes (in alphabetical order): Edward Asscher, President, World Diamond Council; David Block, CEO, Sarine Technology Group; Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, World Jewellery Confederation; Prof. Alon Chen, President, Weizmann Institute of Science; Conroy Cheng, Vice-Chairman of Chow Tai Fook; Winston Chitando, Kimberley Process Chair and Minister of Mines and Mining Development (Zimbabwe); Bruce Cleaver, Co-Chairman of De Beers Group; Yoram Dvash, President, WFDB; David Kellie, CEO, Natural Diamond Council; Aryeh Lightstone, former senior advisor to the US Ambassador to Israel; Boaz Moldawsky, President, Israel Diamond Exchange; Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi, Minister of Mines, DRC and Moshe Salem, Vice-President, WFDB.

The World Diamond Congress, the WFDB’s most important event, convenes representatives of the 27-member bourses as well as leaders of the world diamond community every three years in a different diamond centre. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the last World Diamond Congress was held virtually in September 2020. This time the event is being held as part of Israel Diamond Week, being organised by the Israel Diamond Exchange.

Yoram Dvash said, “There has been an amazing level of interest in the 40th World Diamond Congress, especially as it is the first major event of the Federation, post-Covid. We have lined up a top-level roster of speakers, who will address the key issues facing the diamond industry today, as well as fascinating topics in science and diplomacy. We are certain that this will be a Congress to remember.”

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