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Young Professionals Committee

Young Professionals

Mission

The Young Professional Committee's role is to stimulate and optimize the dialogue between the younger professionals (~20-35) and the American/Belgian business community in Belgium.

Goals

  • Help Young Professionals get experience from top leaders in Belgium 
  • Inspire Young Professionals and help them develop their career
  • Have Young Professionals meet their counterparts from different industries and cultures 
  • Work on the long-term future and sustainability of AmCham Belgium by getting the next generation involved

COMMITTEE PROJECTS

The Young Professionals Committee is involved in various types of projects: networking, knowledge-sharing events, ...

Networking Events

The Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Speed Networking event pairs 20 young professionals with 20 CEOs during a speed networking session, each Young Professional having the opportunity to discuss for at least five minutes with each of the CEOs present. A perfect occasion to ask questions to a business leader about his or her career and share thoughts on do’s and don’ts in the workplace.

The YP Networking Night, co-organized with other chambers of commerce in Belgium, is the best way to meet more than 150 Young Professionals from various industries and backgrounds in a single evening. The speed networking format is the best to meet and build strong business connections in a short amount of time.

Knowledge-Sharing Events

Young Professionals @ Noon is the perfect opportunity for 30 lucky participants to have an informal lunch with a CEO. These events are limited to 30 participants to ease the discussion and enhance the knowledge-sharing experience. The CEO will share his or her personal experience, failures and successes, lessons learned, and challenge the participants with questions to make this lunch as interactive as possible.

Each year, the Young Professionals Committee organizes a VIP reception, where a business and/or political leader is invited to share his or her 'keys to success' and experience in front of an exclusive audience of 100 Young Professionals.

Committee members

Ms. Astrid Ruts

Change, Communication & Education Lead for European SAP Implementation, Cargill NV (Mechelen)
Chair

Mr. Amédée de Radzitzky

Consultant, Whyte Corporate Affairs
Vice Chair

Mr. Kurt Beullens

Relationship Manager Financial Institutions, BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA
Vice Chair

Mr. Maarten Aerts

Project Manager Cranial-spine, Medtronic Belgium NV/SA
Member

Mr. Vincent Boks

Senior Business Development Manager EMEA, NSF International
Member

Mr. Edouard de Nyary Comandini

Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Member

Mr. Koen Hoornaert

Partner, Van Olmen - Wynant
Member

Ms. Caroline Kustermans

Supply Chain Operations Sr. Consultant (Pharma & Life Science), PwC Belgium CVBA
Member

Ms. Anaïs Laporte

Senior Consultant Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
Member

Ms. Eléonore Mullier

Senior Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Member

Mr. Steven Peeters

Counsel, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Member

Mr. Christophe Piette

Counsel, K law (Brussels)
Member

Mr. Christophe Steenhaut

Product Consultant 360E Field Sales Health Info Systems, 3M Belgium (Diegem)
Member

Mr. Kristof Van Kerkhoven

Advisor Corporate Strategy, KBC Group NV/SA
Member

Mr. Ulrich Andreas Zanconato

Senior Legal Counsel (Financial Markets), ING Belgium NV/SA (Marnix)
Member

Ms. Manuela Mio

Events Coordinator, AmCham Belgium
Staff Liaison