The founder and CEO of Gemological Science International (GSI), Mark Gershburg, has decided to step down as director of USKPA, writes Stacey Hailes of the National Jeweller. The USKPA, US Kimberley Process Authority, is an organization that works closely with the U.S. government in order to prevent conflict diamonds from circulating with legitimate trade.
Gershburg has been one of the three directors for over a decade, however, he feels like he is unable to give the organization enough of his time. “I don’t want to be part of any organization if I can’t dedicate my time to it. I hope that my departure from the USKPA will be an opportunity for it to bring in [someone from the] younger generation as my replacement. This way we can ensure that the fight against illicit diamond trade will continue and the younger generations will be engaged in this important initiative,” Gershburg said. He will continue to concentrate on expanding GSI’s services and global exposure.