Titles:

  • Ambassador(ret.) of H.M. the King of the Belgians
  • Hon. Director General of the European Commission
  • Former Chief of Protocol of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-1998)
  • Former Chief of Protocol of the European Commission (1998-2010)

Fields of specialization:

  • International and diplomatic protocol
  • Diplomatic relations and Ethics

Short bio:

Jacques de Baenst (BE) is Honorary Ambassador of H.M. the King of the Belgians and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission. He was Chief of protocol of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-1998) and director of Protocol Service of the European Commission (1998-2010). As a Belgian career diplomat, he was posted in Kinshasa, Prague, Paris (OECD) Atlanta and The Hague. From 1980-82, he was Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 1993 he conducted the EU Monitoring Mission during the war in former Yugoslavia.

Jacques De Baenst has lectured on diplomatic protocol at the university Complutense Madrid, the University of Murcia, the Diplomatic Academy in Yerevan, the Diplomatic institute in Muscat, the Dubai School of Government and at various Belgian and foreign forums. He teaches at the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy in Brussels and gives trainings at the European Parliament. In 2002 he was awarded the “IV International Prize on Protocol” and he holds numerous high Belgian and foreign decorations.

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