About

The Prince Albert Fund is a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to helping young talented Belgian professionals acquire experience in conducting international projects.

In the last 30 years we have enabled hundreds of young Belgian professionals to develop skills and gain invaluable experience in international business by managing projects for more than 100 different Belgian companies.

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Our Mission


Helping talented young Belgian professionals acquire experience in conducting international projects

Our mission is to to help talented young professionals discover and develop their true international leadership potential and so contribute to the development of the Belgian economy and Belgian international business by leveraging Belgian companies and organisations.

For three decades, the Prince Albert Fund has helped young Belgian professionals develop an international career by giving them opportunity to manage a 12-month business project for a Belgian company outside Europe. This very selective entrepreneurial international experience has contributed to the careers of hundreds young people, who since have achieved senior leadership positions as entrepreneurs or in international business. In this way, the Fund has succeeded in its aim to drive talent that will make a difference to society in general.

Our History


A princely tribute to Belgian foreign trade

The Prince Albert Fund was set up in 1984 by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB) and the King Baudouin Foundation to mark the 50th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Albert, later to become the sixth King of the Belgians. The Fund’s aim was to embody the vision of a group of captains of industries to promote Belgian business abroad. 

30th anniversary event – a time to take stock of our three-decade legacy

On the 2nd of April 2015, the Prince Albert Fund celebrated its 30th anniversary.  At this occasion His Royal Highness King Albert handed over the reins of the fund to his daughter Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid. 

This was a unique occasion to return to the original focus of the founders and to overview the long-term impact. The new Chairman exposed his plans for the future of the Fund: PAF 2.0.

 

Our Steering Committee


The Steering Comittee of the Prince Albert Fund is responsible for its strategic direction.

Chairman 

chris2 Chris BurggraeveFounder Vicomte LLC, Alumni 1989


Members
 


busquin Valérie Busquin, Managing Director, MarkQuest, Alumni 1993

deturck Michiel Deturck, Partner, Vendis Capital, Alumni 1990

 Hans Maertens, CEO Voka

ottervaere Francis Ottevaere, CEO, JIMS, Alumni 2003

reuter Vincent Reuter, Managing Director, UWE

debroms Luc Tayart de Borms, Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation

timmermans Pieter Timmermans, Managing Director, VBO-FEB

 Floriane Uyttenhove, Carbonates EMEA Segment Marketing Mgr, IMERYS, Alumni 2014

 Kristel Van den Bergh, Corporate Innovations Manager, Materialise, Alumni 2014

willocx Olivier Willocx, Managing Director, BECI

Our team


1  Anne-Catherine Chevalier, Managing Director.


2  
Anneke Denecker, Knowledge Manager.

Facts & Figures


Some key figures: 1984 – 2017

418 Alumni around the globe have undertaken a Prince Albert Fund project since its creation.
Where from 128 women and 290 men.

The main destinations are Asia (46% of the projects) and the America’s (43%), Africa and Oceania counting for the remaining 11%.

Most popular countries

USA (94 projects)
China (91 projects)
Brazil (30 projects)
India (24 projects)
Singapore (21 projects)

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