More than 400 compliance professionals from around the world gathered in London yesterday for the presentation of the international "Women in Compliance" awards, an honor that shines a spotlight on female compliance professionals. Trisevgeni Stavropoulos and Iris Leerdam, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre's (AWDC) two female compliance officers, took home the hardware for “In-house Compliance Team of the Year”.
The diamond industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in Belgium. Just like the banks, diamond companies are required to meet the strictest anti-money laundering regulations and all diamond shipments are subject to airtight controls conducted by sworn experts under the watchful eye of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy. The task of compliance officers is to ensure that their company operates in strict accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations. For the AWDC’s Compliance Team, this means that they must not only support, inform and provide assistance to the AWDC, but also work to ensure that the 1,600 diamond companies currently operational in Antwerp are able to work according to the highest standards of compliance.
The AWDC Compliance Team was competing with internationally renowned companies such as AB InBev, BBC Studios, Bayer Plc and Pearson, among others. They went home with the top award in the category ‘In-house Compliance Team of the Year’. “It is a great honor to have our hard work recognized internationally,” said Trisevgeni Stavropoulous, Head of Compliance at AWDC. “As a result of this recognition, we can rightfully say that diamonds from Antwerp are not characterized by the traditional 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat), rather by the 5 Cs, which includes the C of Compliance.”
“This award serves as recognition of the tremendous efforts the entire diamond industry has made in recent years,” said Ari Epstein, CEO AWDC. “The AWDC Compliance Team has served as a catalyst in this transformation, and I am very proud of the work of these two women.”
Photo: Iris Leerdam (2nd from left) and Trisevgeni Stavropoulos (3rd from left) receiving Women in Compliance award.