The Kimberley Process (KP) has appointed Maryam Al Hashemi as the 2017 chair of the committee of participation and chairmanship (CPC).
Al Hashemi, the former director of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, will now be responsible for covering a wide range of initiatives including planning annual department objectives as well as supporting long term strategic planning towards operational excellence.
She will also assists the KP chair in handling the admission of new participants and advise if a participant fails to comply with requirements, which can lead to their removal from the scheme. The committee also reviews and assesses candidates for the position of vice-chair and its findings are presented at the bi-annual plenary meeting.
Commenting on her appointment Maryam Al Hashemi said: “The fact that we continuously evolve to stay relevant in an exceedingly fast paced and multifaceted environment is one of the most exciting parts of my job and I am looking forward to bring the same spirit to the Kimberley Process during 2017 in this important year that KP will review its processes and bring forward change.”
The CPC is made up of previous KP chairs, representatives of the World Diamond Council and Civil Society Coalition. The previous year’s KP chair becomes CPC chair the following year.