The Brussels Diplomatic Academy is hosting a conference on Securing Our Economic Prosperity; an event which will identify the challenges faced, consider our existing economic resilience, address the potential threats of digitalisation and robotization, and start to map out a way forward.
23rd of November 2017, De Warande, Brussels
Morning Session 9.00-12.15
Plenary with MS. ANICK VAN CALSTER, Director General for Bilateral Affairs at Belgian Foreign Affairs, PROF. DR. EMMANUEL DHYNE, National Bank of Belgium.
Keynote Speaker: PROFESSOR STEVE GLICKMAN, Georgetown University, former Economic Advisor to US President Barack Obama.
|Panel 1: International Challenges for the Belgian Economy: Brexit, Trump and China
Chair: Prof. Dr. Luc Hens, VUB
Gilles Suply, Policy Officer EU & International Affairs, Voka
Klaas de Vries, Associate Economist, The Conference Board
Mathieu Maes, Secretary General, ICC Belgium
Panel 2: Are Digitalisation and Robotisation Threatening Belgium’s Welfare?
Chair: Prof. Dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght, VUB
Bruno Segers, Chairman of the Board of Flanders Investment and Trade
Koen De Leus, Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis
Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary, IndustriAll
Afternoon Session 13.00-16.00
Plenaries with PROF. DR. CAROLINE PAUWELS, Rector of the VUB, and OLIVIER JORIS, Executive Manager VBO
Panel 3: Belgium: An Attractive and Futureproof Country?
Chair: Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, VUB
Stijn Decock, Chief Economist Knowledge Center, Voka
Tristan Dhondt, Partner, EY (Ernst & Young)
Marcel Claes, CEO Amcham
Peter Demuynck, Director General, Agoria Vlaanderen
|Panel 4: The Way Forward: Strategies to Secure Our Prosperity
Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Claeys, VUB
Hans Maertens, CEO Voka
Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment and Trade
Ivan Van de Cloot, Chief Economist, Itinera
With these speakers from the public and private sectors, as well as the trades unions and academia, this conference provides an ideal cross-section of expertise to ensure informed and lively discussion on this essential issue for our future. There will be ample opportunity to contribute to the discussion and exchange.
The conference will take place at De Warande, Zinnerstraat 1, 1000 Brussels.
Availability of places is limited.
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