The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) announced the appointment of Ian Rowe as its new Executive Director, with effect from September 2. Rowe has been the DDI Deputy ED since September 2018.
As Deputy ED, he has led the DDI’s field operations in Sierra Leone and a six-month strategic planning process to position DDI for a future in which artisanal mining is expected to become a much more prominent development challenge.
He brings two decades of experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has worked with civil society organisations and United Nations agencies in the areas of development, socio-economic recovery and conflict prevention.
"Artisanal miners are at the wellhead of the diamond pipeline," commented Rowe, adding, "bringing them into the formal diamond economy benefits them, their communities and the industry as a whole. Scaling up what we have learned about the process is the task ahead."
His appointment follows the impending departure of DDI’s founding ED Dorothée Gizenga, who after more than a decade, will now take on a new role as Regional Director to lead DDI's expansion in Africa, based in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).