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:
|Name||Info||Grant Year||Field of Study||U.S. University|
|Charles Beauduin||CEO and owner of Michel Van de Wiele NV||1985-1986||Business Administration||Harvard Business School|
|Bernard Coulie||Rector of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, 2004-2009||1987-1988||Byzantine Studies||Dumbarton Oaks|
|Alexander De Croo||Belgian politician and Deputy Prime Minister||2002-2003||Business Administration||Northwestern University|
|Herman Daems||Chairman of the Board, BNP Paribas Fortis,|
KU Leuven and BARCO
|- Business Administration|
|- Harvard University
- University of California - Los Angeles
|Gregoire Dallemagne||CEO, EDF Luminus||1998-1999||Business Administration||University of Chicago|
|Francois-Xavier De Donnea||Belgian politician, former mayor of the City of Brussels and Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region.||1964-1965||Business Administration||University of California, Berkeley|
|Paul De Grauwe||Belgian economist and John Paulson Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science||1970-1971||Economics||Johns Hopkins University|
|Luc Frieden||Former Minister of Luxembourg (2009-2013 Finance, 2004-2006 Defense, 1998-2009 Justice); Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank since 2014||1987-1988||Law||Harvard Law School|
|Georges, count Jacobs de Hagen||Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delhaize Group; Chairman of the Board of Directors of UCB Group||1962-1963||Economics||University of California, Berkeley|
|Koen Lenaerts||Professor of European Law and President of the European Court of Justice||1977-1978||Law||Harvard Law School|
|Peter Leys||Director and Executive Chairman, Materialise||1987-1988||Law||University of Georgia|
|David Moucheron||Member of the Executive Committee, CBC Banque; Former CEO of BPost Bank||1999-2000||Law||Columbia University|
|Jean baron Peterbroeck||Co-founder Petercam||1958-1959||Business Administration||Columbia University|
|Françoise Thoma||Director, |
Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, Luxembourg (BCEE)
|Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort||Belgian concert pianist, finalist in the 2007 Queen Elisabeth competition||2006-2007||Music||New England Conservatory|
|Peter Vandermeersch||Belgian journalist and editor-in-chief of NRC Handelsblad||1997-1998||Journalism||Harvard University|
|Johan Verbeke||Belgian diplomat, Belgian Ambassador to the United States (2014-2016)||1977-1978||Law||Yale University Law School|
|Melchior Wathelet||Minister-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 2012||1975-1976||Law||Harvard 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.