Project 2020: Diamonds Love Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

In 2010, IES was assigned by Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) as Project Leader and Facilitator of “Project 2020: Diamonds Love Antwerp”, the repositioning and future strategy of the Antwerp diamond industry. This included; generating ideas and new business opportunities for Antwerp’s 500 year old diamond trade, mediating different Workgroups, reconciling stakeholder groups, communicating and evolving the project both internally in the sector and externally with city and provincial stakeholders. In February 2012, this Masterplan was successfully launched in Belgium to the diamond sector, the Belgian Government and Belgian Media.

College of Magic

Kimberley, South Africa

As part of our assignment to accelerate growth in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa, IES sponsored a weekend workshop and demonstration event of the ‘College of Magic’ in Kimberley. The College of Magic, established over 25 years ago in Cape Town, trains youth from extremely deprived backgrounds to learn magic, integrating comprehensive schooling and education into the process. After a successful initial trial, the College of Magic is now operating a facility in Kimberley where approximately 50 boys and girls from the NCP are receiving training.

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