Fulbright Alumni

The Fulbright Commission in Brussels is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of alumni who have participated in Fulbright exchanges to and from Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union over the past seventy years. In addition to providing resources for continued engagement to alumni of our programs, the Fulbright Commission in Brussels also engages with alumni of other Fulbright Programs from around the world whose personal and professional journeys have brought them to the international capital of Europe.

Fulbright Alumni Association Belgium

The Fulbright Commission in Brussels works closely with the Fulbright Alumni Association Belgium to engage with alumni through a series of events, . Recent highlights include Fulbright Eat & Meet lunches with Minister of Budget Sophie Wilmès and Mr. Jean Van den Eynde, Fulbright alumnus and Managing Partner at Russell Reynolds Associates; FAAB After Work Events in downtown Brussels; and day trips to cities like Bruges, Mechelen, and Mons. For more information about the Fulbright Alumni Association in Belgium, please visit http://www.faab.be.

Notable Fulbright Alumni

Belgian and Luxembourg Fulbright alumni are successful in every profession imaginable, including law, science, medicine, business, politics, and the creative arts. They are often leaders and innovators in their fields. While the list below is by no means exhaustive, here are just some of our many prominent alumni:

NameInfoGrant YearField of StudyU.S. University
Charles BeauduinCEO and owner of Michel Van de Wiele NV1985-1986Business AdministrationHarvard Business School
Bernard CoulieRector of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, 2004-20091987-1988Byzantine StudiesDumbarton Oaks
Alexander De CrooBelgian politician and Deputy Prime Minister2002-2003Business AdministrationNorthwestern University
Herman DaemsChairman of the Board, BNP Paribas Fortis,
KU Leuven and BARCO
- Business Administration
- Economics
- Harvard University
- University of California - Los Angeles
Gregoire DallemagneCEO, EDF Luminus1998-1999Business AdministrationUniversity of Chicago
Francois-Xavier De DonneaBelgian politician, former mayor of the City of Brussels and Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.1964-1965Business AdministrationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Paul De GrauweBelgian economist and John Paulson Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science1970-1971EconomicsJohns Hopkins University
Luc FriedenFormer Minister of Luxembourg (2009-2013 Finance, 2004-2006 Defense, 1998-2009 Justice); Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank since 20141987-1988LawHarvard Law School
Georges, count Jacobs de HagenChairman of the Board of Directors of Delhaize Group; Chairman of the Board of Directors of UCB Group
1962-1963EconomicsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Koen LenaertsProfessor of European Law and President of the European Court of Justice1977-1978LawHarvard Law School
Peter LeysDirector and Executive Chairman, Materialise1987-1988LawUniversity of Georgia
David MoucheronMember of the Executive Committee, CBC Banque; Former CEO of BPost Bank1999-2000LawColumbia University
Jean baron PeterbroeckCo-founder Petercam1958-1959Business AdministrationColumbia University
Françoise ThomaDirector,
Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, Luxembourg (BCEE)
1995-1996LawHarvard University
Liebrecht VanbeckevoortBelgian concert pianist, finalist in the 2007 Queen Elisabeth competition2006-2007MusicNew England Conservatory
Peter VandermeerschBelgian journalist and editor-in-chief of NRC Handelsblad1997-1998JournalismHarvard University
Johan VerbekeBelgian diplomat, Belgian Ambassador to the United States (2014-2016) 1977-1978LawYale University Law School
Melchior WatheletMinister-President of the Walloon Region (1980-88); Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1995-2003); Advocate General at the Court of Justice since 8 October 20121975-1976LawHarvard Law School

Seventy Years of Fulbright in Belgium and Luxembourg

In 2018 the Fulbright Commission in Brussels recognizes 70 years of continued successful exchanges under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. As part of the celebrations, the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States, Belgium, and Luxembourg is highlighting the stories of alumni from the past 70 years, emphasizing that it is the people who make Fulbright what it is. The stories of American, Belgian, and Luxembourgish grantees showcase how the interpersonal connections Fulbright fosters create transformative experiences for the grantees, leaving a lasting impression on their lives, both professional and personal, and how they continue to impact their wider communities. These stories also illustrate how Fulbright itself has evolved over the decades, adding programs and adjusting as travel, technology, and education shifted on both sides of the Atlantic.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary, historian Dr. Jane Judge has interviewed dozens of alumni, recording their stories and cataloging their memorabilia to understand and document their stories in more detail as part of a unique oral history project. Alumni interviews will be released on the FAAB website throughout the anniversary year, culminating in the publication of alumni interviews.