Capping out an unusually challenging year, both unprecedented and unanticipated

What left its indelible mark on 2022 was the war in Ukraine, which had begun on February 24, when coincidentally the leadership of the WDC was gathered together in Dubai, where the Board of Directors had met just three days earlier.

WDC’s 2022 AGM in Antwerp, Belgium, October 17, 2022

Attendees at the AGM received reports from WDC President Edward Asscher, WDC Executive Director Elodie Daguzan and WDC Treasurer Ronnie VanderLinden. The keynote address, which considered the current state of the diamond market, was delivered by industry analyst, Edahn Golan.

Calling on the industry’s younger generation to step up and become involved

We may well be approaching a tipping point. If there ever was a time to take control over your destiny, rather than being carried along by the tide, it is now. With a global economic recession looming and geopolitical instability, I urge colleagues among our industry’s younger generation to help us preserve the integrity of natural diamonds, as an ethical product that is the economic driver for economies and societies across the globe.

WDC President Edward Asscher and JCK journalist Rob Bates discuss KP and the WDC at IAC 2022 in New York

Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, addressed the Presidents’ Meeting of the World Federation of the Diamond Bourses (WDDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) at the Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC) in Dubai on February 24, 2022.

WDC President calls on the KP to move forward or risk a two-tier market with dire consequences

Highlighting the proven ability of natural diamond resources to serve as a driver for the development of sustainable economies and societies, World Diamond Council President Edward Asscher warned that this potential is threatened if the Kimberley Process doesn’t evolve to address the challenges of today. He was speaking during the opening day of the KP Intersessional, which is taking place in the town of Kasane in Botswana.

WDC mourns the passing of Board Member Sanjay Shah

The World Diamond Council (WDC) mourns the untimely loss of Sanjay Shah, a serving member of its Board of Directors, who passed away in New York on April 29, 2022.

WDC President addresses WDFB-IDMA Presidents’ Meeting in Dubai

Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, addressed the Presidents’ Meeting of the World Federation of the Diamond Bourses (WDDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) at the Dubai Multi-Commodities Center (DMCC) in Dubai on February 24, 2022.

WDC President interviewed by the Rapaport news service during the Dubai Diamond Conference

Vinod Kuriyan of the Rapaport news service, interviews Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, during the Dubai Diamond Conference on February 23, 2022.

Meet Edward Asscher, WDC President, a webinar by WFDB’s Young Diamantaires

The Young Diamantaires of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) hosted WDC President Edward Asscher on January 20, 2022, during a webinar on January 20, 2022, entitled “A lifetime of commitment to the diamond industry.”

Presentation to WDC President Edward Asscher of Initiatives in Art and Culture Award for extraordinary achievement

On July 15, 2021, WDC President Edward Asscher was presented with the Initiatives in Art and Culture Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Diamond and Jewelry Industries, during the final session of IAC’s 11th Annual Gold and Diamond Conference.