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Dr. Katrien De Corte

HRD Antwerp
Chief Officer & Graduate Club

In 1994, Dr. Katrien De Corte earned her master’s degree in Geology at the University of Ghent, where she presented a graduate research and master thesis on the identification and physical characteristics of beads from a Roman archaeological site in the United Arab Emirates. Based on this expertise, the Geology Department of the Royal Museum for Central Africa recruited her to be a scientific collaborator with the department and set up an important exhibition on gemstones and their use in art objects for the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels. 

In 1996, Dr. De Corte began her PhD work on the characterization and genesis of microdiamonds from ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks found in the Kokchetav Massif in Kazakhstan. During her PhD program, she obtained a supplementary research grant from the Belgian National Science Foundation. Publications in renowned scientific journals, numerous presentations in research conferences, and science projects in Russia, Australia, and France preceded and followed her summa cum laude graduation in 2000. 

Later that year, she started as a scientist at HRD Antwerp. She specialized in research and development of decision rules and techniques to discriminate natural from synthetic and treated gem diamonds. 

Since 2003, Dr. De Corte has been affiliated as guest professor in the geology division of the University of Ghent (Belgium) where she teaches Gemmology. In 2008, she became Head of Education at HRD Antwerp. Dr. De Corte also has launched and imported HRD Antwerp schools to locations around the world and developed new courses and services for them.

Dr. De Corte is married and the mother of two children.