Welcome to the Brussels Diplomatic Academy!

Whether you are starting out on your career in economic diplomacy or international business, seeking to enhance your existing knowledge and skills, or looking for events where you can connect with potential partners, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy has what you need.

Our alumni have described our programmes as follows: ‘…sophisticated programme’ … ‘outstanding teaching’ ‘…a unique value proposition in comparison to other universities’ … ‘high calibre, experienced lecturers combined with the small group teaching method’… ‘a valuable choice for a solid future in Diplomacy and International Trade’…’I can only highly recommend this programme’.

Launched in 2013, the BDA provides a range of services to diplomats and business people and those aspiring to become them. With our education and training programmes, our ambassadorial and business events, our lectures, Master Classes, conferences, and so much more, the BDA equips entrepreneurs and their counterparts in the civil service with the necessary skills, knowledge and connections to excel in their fields.

We are proud to be an integral part of the VUB that is nonetheless connected to the real worlds of economic diplomacy and international business. We know we have the expertise and opportunities to help expand your diplomatic and international business horizons. You just need to let us!

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy, where diplomacy and business meet!


Last chance to apply for this semester!

Last chance to apply for this semester! Classes start on the 1st of September for postgraduate programmes at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy! Do you have an interest in economic diplomacy or international business, or even both? The Brussels Diplomatic Academy postgraduate programmes provide education and training in all of them. Our specialised curricula have been …

BDA Latin America and Caribbean webinar online

The third in the BDA’s webinar series on the effects of Covid-19 on diplomacy is now available online. Gui Athia, BDA Coordinator Latin America and Managing Director at Atlantico spoke on the topic of Latin America and the Caribbean – Post COVID-19: risks and opportunities. The session was moderated by Len Ishmael.

Watch the latest BDA webinar online!

The second BDA Webinar in our series on the impact of Covid-19 on international diplomacy is now available online. In this webinar, Sarah Karinge and Kevin Verbelen discussed Multilateralism & the role of international organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: focus on Africa and the role of international financial institutions on the question of debt relief. …

BDA Webinar series – new dates and first session online

The first BDA webinar, entitled “The Perfect Storm: How the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price crash combine to undermine prospects for geopolitical and economic stability in 2020 and beyond” took place on the 19th of May kicking off a new BDA series of webinars. The speaker was Bashir Bernard Siman OBE, Financial Diplomacy Coordinator for …

The Climate Change Dialogues with expert Prof. William Moomaw

The Climate Change Dialogues – the first of the Global Affairs Leadership series at the BDA – were launched on 03 February  at the Brussels Press Club. The full-house event was moderated by Global Affairs Advisor Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael with welcome remarks delivered by BDA Director Gunter Gaublomme.  The two were joined on stage …

BDA Conference hears from a lead author of the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize winning report As COP25 opened in Madrid, here in Brussels Professor Moomaw, a lead author of the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize winning report, told the Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) conference at De Warande that the world is in a climate emergency now, …

BDA Students Graduate at ceremony at the Brussels Parliament

On the 15th of October 2019, graduates of the BDA postgraduate programmes in Economic Diplomacy, International Trade and Investment, and the Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business, received their certificates from Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael at a ceremony held in the recently renovated mirror room of the Brussels Parliament.   In the company …