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-five years.

Around the world, Fulbright alumni have gone on to achieve distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, and education. Among the ranks of Fulbright alumni are 62 Nobel Prize recipients, 78 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 41 current or former heads of state or government.

In Belgium alone, alumni of the Fulbright Program include politicians, diplomats, university rectors, CEOs, and award-winning artists and musicians. While the list below is by no means exhaustive, some of our prominent alumni can be found below.

Notable alumni

Alexander De Croo

Belgian politician; Prime Minister of Belgium

Alexia Bertrand

Belgian politician; State Secretary for Budget of Belgium

Austan Goolsbee

American economist

Benjamin Dalle

Belgian politician; Minister for Brussels, Youth, Media and Poverty Reduction of Flanders

Berengere Deprez

Belgian novelist

Bernard Coulie

Former Rector of UC Louvain

Charles Beauduin

Owner of Vandewiele NV and Co-CEO of Barco

Dirk Achten

Belgian politician

Ernest Samuels

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1965)

Fientje Moerman

Belgian politician

François-Xavier de Donnea

Belgian politician, including: Former mayor of the City of Brussels and Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region

Françoise Thoma

President and Chief Executive Officer of Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat

Georges, Count Jacobs de Hagen

Businessman, including: Chairman, Board of Directors of Delhaize Group and Chairman, Board of Directors of UCB Group

Gregoire Dallemagne

CEO of Luminus

Herbert Glejser

Belgian economist

Herman De Croo

Belgian politician

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Belgian economist

Jean Hamilius

Luxembourgish politician

Jean-Pierre Hanin

CEO of Cofinimmo

Josy Barthel

Luxembourgish Olympic athlete

Katherine Anne Porter

Pulitzer Prize Winner (1966)

Koen Lenaerts

President of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Koenraad, Baron Debackere

Professor at KU Leuven, Executive Director of KU Leuven Research & Development

Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort

Belgian concert pianist, including: Finalist, 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition

Luc Frieden

Luxembourgish politician; Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Melchior Wathelet

Belgian politician

Paul De Grauwe

Belgian economist and John Paulson Professor in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul Nihoul

Judge on the ECJ General Court

Peter Vandermeersch

Journalist; CEO of Mediahuis Ireland

Petra De Sutter

Belgian politician; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Public Enterprises, Telecommunication and the Postal Services of Belgium

Pierre Wunsch

Governor of the National Bank of Belgium

Samuel Cogolati

Belgian politician