Register Now: Sanctions and Export Control Training

19-21 June 2019 Don’t get caught out! Do you export products or software? Do you really know where they end up and who will use them? Recent convictions in Belgium and the UK show how important it is to know the risks. Ignorance is no defence! The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) is providing Executive Training …

Apply for a BDA Postgraduate Programme!

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 developed by those who have worked in these fields and who understand the importance of a good academic and practical educational background. …

BDA Conference warned about the ‘weaponisation of things’

Michèle Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), told the Economic Diplomacy Conference of the Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) that combating the ever-evolving terror threat requires a new approach and a whole society response. Coninsx, a VUB alumna, emphasized that the ‘weaponisation of things’ will …

BDA Graduation Ceremony 2018

BDA students graduated from programmes in Economic Diplomacy and International Trade and Investment at the Paleis Der Academien on the 29th of November 2018 (photo credits Ana Lotus)            

Michele Coninsx and Kris Peeters to address BDA Conference

The BDA is holding its annual Economic Diplomacy Conference at De Warande, on the 6th of December,  and this year’s event considers the issue of threats to economic security. We owe our continued prosperity to the daily efforts of thousands of enterprises, who are supported in their endeavours by governments and myriad other organisations. However, …

Importance of Economic Diplomacy recognised in appointment of new VUB Fellow Claire Tillekaerts

Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), today became a VUB Fellow at a ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Tillekaerts was nominated by the Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the VUB (BDA), in honour of her contribution to Economic Diplomacy. Under her leadership and internationalisation strategy, FIT has become a highly respected …

China’s White Paper offers hope for multilateralism

BDA Chair in Asia-Pacific Studies, Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght has discussed the contents of China’s White Paper on China-US Trade friction in a piece in Bangladesh’s leading English-language newspaper, the Daily Star. In this piece, which is part of the Chair’s engagement in constructive public dialogue, he provides a view on how to …

Chair Asia-Pacific Studies Established at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) has established a Chair Asia-Pacific Studies, sponsored by the Aviation-Education Foundation. The Chair, established in March 2018, was created to enhance the understanding of developments in the Asia-Pacific region and to promote collaboration between Europe and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chair holder is Prof. Dr. Kim Van der …

What Trump is doing is very dangerous…

Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, Chair Asia-Pacific Studies of the BDA, recently gave an interview to CCTV about President Trump’s action on trade. According to Van der Borght, Trump’s action on trade is very dangerous, both for the United States and the world community, Trump is attacking the multilateral trading system in a way …

The BDA Guest Lectures 18/19 are about to start!

The first three lectures will address issues of EU Trade Diplomacy, EU Industrial Renaissance and EU Economic Security. Andrea Mogni will draw on his knowledge and expertise from working at the European Institutions and providing advice as a senior consultant to private and public bodies, including the European External Action Service and various Chambers of …

Don’t miss the BDA/Dentons Roundtable on Merger Control Rules

The purpose of this Roundtable is to discuss the latest developments on merger control rules in the international legal landscape. In particular, a keynote speech will be given by Mr. Jacques Steenbergen, followed by presentations by members of the Dentons Brussels and Amsterdam office on merger control rules and recent developments in their jurisdiction. Mr. …

BDA Expert: No ‘effective measures’ available on Iran

Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, BDA Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies, has described how companies are starting to withdraw from doing business with Iran or are postponing their activities, following the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA. According to Van der Borght, these actions reflect the reality that there are no effective measures available …