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WDC Exec Ranked Among Africa’s Most Influential

List of top women recognizes Marie-Chantal Kaninda for her work in mining communities.
Jul 11, 2019 2:39 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Marie-Chantal Kaninda, executive director of the World Diamond Council (WDC), was named as one of the 100 most influential women in Africa by Forbes Afrique.

Kaninda, who joined the WDC in March 2017, was noted for her work to further the interests of individuals and communities involved in Africa’s mining sector, the WDC reported Tuesday. Her résumé includes serving as chief adviser for external affairs in Africa for Rio Tinto, as well as similar positions at Ashanti Goldfields, AngloGold Ashanti and De Beers.

The publication, which is the French-language version of Forbes Magazine focusing on African affairs, also noted Kaninda’s work on social issues. Among the roles she has filled, Kaninda helped establish the MCKM Foundation that focuses on education for girls in her native country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She has also served as the chairperson of an Anti-Corruption Working Group for the country’s private sector, and has been a board member of the Diamond Development Initiative.

“Throughout her long career, she has worked to improve the lives of Africa’s disadvantaged people, be they women, artisanal miners or individuals impacted by ongoing violence,” said WDC president Stephane Fischler. “Her belief that a country’s natural resources can fuel the development of all its people essentially embodies what we strive for in the WDC.”

Journalist Nadia Mensah-Acogny, who compiles the list, noted that while African women are making their presence felt at the highest levels of all sectors, they are still underrepresented in the private sector. “Like everywhere in the world, diversity remains a challenge for women in Africa,” she wrote.

Image: Marie Chantal Kaninda. (World Diamond Council)
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