Dr. Katrien de Corte
In 1994, Dr. Katrien De Corte earned her master’s degree in Geology at the University of Ghent. 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 she was recruited as scientific collaborator of the geology department of the Royal Museum for Central Africa to set up an important exhibition in the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels on gemstones and their use in art objects.
In 1996 Dr. Katrien De Corte started her Ph. D. on the characterization and genesis of microdiamonds from ultrahigh pressure metamorphic rocks from the Kokchetav Massif in Kazakhstan. During this Ph. D. 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. Katrien De Corte is affiliated as guest professor at the geology division of the University of Ghent (Belgium) where she teaches Gemmology.
In 2008 she became Head of Education at HRD Antwerp and started up imported HRD Antwerp schools around the world, and developed new courses and services.
From 2015 till September 2017 Dr. Katrien De Corte was the president of the Board of Directors of HRD Antwerp-Middle East and since October 2017 she is combining Education and R&D management. She is married and the mother of 2 children.