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Virtual Eat&Meet with Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor of the city of Leuven, the European Capital of Innovation 2020

November 12, 2020 at 8:30 am - 10:00 am

We are excited to announce a Virtual Eat&Meet with Mr. Mohamed Ridouani, the Mayor of Leuven in Belgium. Together with current and former Fulbrighters, we invite you to join us for a virtual session with Mr. Ridouani who will talk about the European Capital of Innovation Award, awarded by the European Commission, how the city of Leuven was elected for this award and which future initiatives are in the making. After introductions and general remarks, we will have an open conversation with the Mayor. We recommend thinking about questions beforehand!

On 24 September 2020, the European Commission awarded Leuven with the title of European Capital of Innovation 2020. This prize is awarded annually to the city that has shown optimal application of innovation in improving the quality of life for its citizens and in creating new and ground-breaking solutions to public challenges. The winner also receives 1 million euros. The city of Leuven applied for the award in close collaboration with Leuven 2030 and Leuven MindGate. Joining other candidates such as Valencia, Vienna and Milan in the finals, Leuven has now been awarded this prestigious title. World-renowned cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris are former winners. Read more.

About the speaker:
Mohamed Ridouani (41) is Mayor in the city of Leuven since January 2019 and was previously responsible for Education, Sustainability, Economy and Urban Development.

He stands for positive change and aims to turn Leuven into one of the most caring, green and prosperous cities in Europe, in cooperation with the citizens, knowledge institutions, companies and organisations. He’s the inspirer of Leuven 2030, in which more than 500 companies, organizations and citizens are united to turn Leuven into a sustainable and CO2-neutral city. He also initiated Leuven MindGate, an economic platform with 400 members that will boost Leuven as the world’s hotspot for health, technology and creativity. For this groundbreaking governance model based on innovation and inclusion, Leuven has recently been named European Capital of Innovation by the European Commission.

Are you interested in joining this event? Please RSVP to events@fulbright.be

(limited virtual attendance)


November 12, 2020
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Event Category:


Fulbright Commission