Who we are

FBN Belgium is the Belgian chapter of the world’s leading organisation of business families: FBN International. Founded in 2005 we are a vibrant community of 110 business families – encompassing 1,200 individual members of which 36% are NxGs and 23% are Now Gens.
 
Your membership gives you direct access to FBN International, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Geneva, and its most interesting communities and activities. FBN International is active in 65 countries and indirectly provides access to 4,000 business families – encompassing 17,000 individuals of which 6,400 are NxGs.
 

Our Mission Statement

FBN Belgium offers entrepreneurial families a platform for sharing knowledge and best practices to promote family unity, responsible shareholding and the development of the family business across generations.

FBN Belgium offre aux familles entrepreneuriales une plateforme de partage de connaissances et de bonnes pratiques visant à promouvoir l’unité familiale et l’actionnariat responsable ainsi que le développement de l’entreprise familiale à travers les générations.

FBN Belgium is een platform dat ondernemende families de kennis en inzichten wil aanreiken om de familiale verbondenheid en verantwoordelijk aandeelhouderschap te bevorderen, en het familibedrijf over de generaties heen te ontwikkelen.

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Membership

Any family business headquartered in Belgium that meets the criteria for membership can apply and get accepted in accordance with a strict acceptance procedure.

Our network is open to all the family members of an accepted family business, of all ages, be they partners, children, active, non-active, or working in or outside the family business.

Our Events

Yearly we organise for our members about 25 lectures, testimonials, workshops and company visits with curated content, presented by peers and/or top academics.

Our events are :

  • Open to all or to certain age and/or interest groups, depending on the topic
  • Free of charge
  • Open to family members (descendants and registered significant others)
  • Open to non-family members  (CEO, Board Chair, Chair Family Council) provided they are accompanied by a family member

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Governance

We not only promote but practice good governance principles thanks to:

  • Our yearly General Assembly where your voice is heard

  • Our balanced Board composed out of well respected Directors representing the:

    • Various types of member family businesses (small/large, listed/non-listed, international/national, from 2 to 9 generations, etc.)

    • Interest groups through our 5 Circles as each Circle chair is a Board member

    • Age groups through our Now Gen & NxG Communities, as each Community President is a Board member

  • Our Executive Committee composed of the operational team, the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer and the NxG and Now Gen Committee President

  • Our Program Committee composed of the operational team, the President, the Vice-President and the NxG and Now Gen Committee Presidents

Our Team

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Anne Mörk Soenen, CEO 
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Nadia Martin, Senior Project Manager Events & Membership Management
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Emilie Pirmez, Project Manager Events & Digital Communication
    Right

The Board of Directors

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Philippe Haspeslagh 
President
Ardo, G2
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Sophie
Lammerant Velge 
Vice-President
Bekaert, G4
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Patrick
De Schutter

Treasurer

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Astrid Jadot
President NxG Committee
Bekaert, G5
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Catherine Noël
President Now Gen Committee
Nomainvest - NMC, G3
 
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Jean-Louis
de Cartier
President Board Chair Circle
Etex Group, G4
Cartamundi G2
Brepols, G7 
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Vincent
Bia
 President CEO Circle
Bia Group, G3
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Jean-Marie
Solvay
 President Family Council Circle
Solvay, G5
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Wim
Hendrix
President Family Office Circle
Homeport Family Services, G2
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Sophie
Lammerant Velge
President Polaris Circle
Bekaert, G5
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Paul-Evence
Coppée
Finasucre, G3
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Patrick
Dequae
Lombard Odier Belgium
Pieterjan Desmet
Pieterjan
Desmet
Decospan, G3
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Tanguy
du Monceau
UCB, G4
Penelope Moorkens
Pénélope
Moorkens
Alcopa, G3
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Martine
Reijnaers
Reynaers Aluminium, G2
Guido Vanherpe
Guido
Vanherpe
LLBG, G3
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Thomas
Van Waeyenberge
De Eik, G3

Past Chairs

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Dominique Moorkens
Alcopa
2013-2017
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Paul
Buysse

Bekaert
2005-2013

Past Board Members

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Luc
Bertrand

Ackermans & van Haaren 
2005-2017

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Jacques
Crahay

Cosucra
2005-2015

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Jan
De Clerck

Domo Investment Group
2015-2019

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Evelyn du
Monceau

UCB & Solvay
2005-2014

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Clémence
Hannecart
Matexi
2019-2022
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Christian
Leysen

Ahlers
2013-2019

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Léon
Lhoist

Lhoist
2005-2011

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Jozef
Lievens

Eubelius
2005-2013

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Philippe
Mathieu

De Eik
2005-2013

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Henri
Mestdagh

Mestdagh
2005-2008

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Caroline
Thijssen

Etex
2012-2014

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Jean
Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele
2005-2017

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Carl Verbrugge

Lombard Odier & Cie Switzerland
2005-2008