With over 250 volunteers, Ambassadors of the Chamber, the AmCham Belgium Committees are our biggest strength. Committee members have the opportunity to engage with both peers and policymakers and contribute to making AmCham Belgium the leading voice in the public debate on the labor market, corporate taxation, sustainability, healthcare, mobility and many other topics.
Every two years, AmCham Belgium holds elections to renew the leadership of our Committees. Today, we are happy to announce the new leadership teams.
- Chair: Jean-Yves Daxhelet, MSD Belgium
- Vice-Chairs: Brittany Pheiffer Noble, Osborne Clarke & Caroline Sapriel, CS&A International
The leadership team of our Communications Committee changes almost entirely as of this month. Previously a Vice-Chair, Jean-Yves becomes the Committee’s Chair, while Brittany and Caroline join as the new Vice-Chairs. With a fresh start, the Communications Committee is excited to continue supporting the Chamber with its communications and community-building projects.
Government Relations Forum (GRF)
- Chair: Gert Waelkens, ING Belgium
- Vice-Chairs: Anneliese Daelemans, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical & Bruno Stas, SD Worx
Geert starts his third term as the leader of our political outreach activities, and Anneliese continues in her role as Vice-Chair of the GRF after no less than six years! The leadership team is completed by Bruno who enters his first official term as Vice-Chair of the Forum. Under their leadership, the GRF will continue to grow and expand its activities by taking up new topics, such as sustainability and innovation.
Human Capital and Talent (HCT) Committee
- Chair: David Webber, Odgers Berndtson
- Vice-Chairs: Annelies Bruyninckx, Mastercard Europe & Stefan Nerinckx, Fieldfisher
David remains Chair of our HCT Committee, and Stefan continues his long-standing role as Vice-Chair. Annelies joined the leadership team mid-term last year and is now elected for the first time as the second Vice-Chair. The leaders are keen to drive the Committee’s discussions and activities, which are now more relevant than ever with the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to the world of work.
Innovative Healthcare Committee (IHC)
- Chair: Joan Van Loon, IBM
- Vice-Chairs: Kathleen Commers, Pfizer; Fabrice Degenève, Johnson & Johnson Medical & Dirk Hemelsoet, MSD Belgium
The IHC welcomes several new members to its leadership team: Joan is officially elected as a Chair of the Committee, after having stepped up to the challenge in January of this year, and Fabrice becomes one of the new Vice-Chairs. Kathleen and Dirk continue to support the Committee as Vice-Chairs, after having already served in the role for several years. Together with the rest of the IHC members, the Committee leaders will continue to build on the success of AmCham’s Year of Healthcare and play a key role in improving the healthcare ecosystem in Belgium.
Legal & Taxation Committee
- Chair: Luc Dhont, Procter & Gamble
- Vice-Chairs: Dirk Ceulemans, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical; An De Reymaecker, Vandendijk & Partners & Werner Heyvaert, AKD
Luc remains the leader of our legal and taxation advocacy initiatives with the support of An, Dirk and Werner who continue in their Vice-Chair roles. Together with the Legal & Taxation Committee and Subcommittee members, they work tirelessly to solidify our voice in the public debate. The leadership team is supported by the Chairs of the numerous and active Subcommittees.
- Chair: Dave Deruytter, ING Belgium
- Vice-Chairs: Sandrine Agie, Whyte Corporate Affairs & Houari Chaib, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Dave and Sandrine were both re-elected for the eighth time as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee, respectively, while Houari starts his first mandate as Vice-Chair. The Committee supports our membership recruitment and retention efforts.
Young Professionals Committee (YPC)
- Chair: Astrid Ruts, Cargill
- Vice-Chairs: Anaïs Laporte, FTI Consulting & Hannah Van Deun, Edwards Lifesciences
Astrid enters her second term as Chair of the Committee, while Anaïs and Hannah join the leadership team for the first time as Vice-Chairs. Together with the rest of the YPC members, Astrid, Anaïs and Hannah are committed to continue delivering value to our community of young professionals.
Congratulations to all of our Committee leadership teams! We look forward to working together to build our community and represent the interests of our members in the public debate.
We would also like to express our appreciation for the outgoing Committee leaders! We are truly grateful for your years of commitment and dedication to our work, especially during the past turbulent months. It is due to your dedication and hard work that we have been able to continue supporting our member companies.