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Karel Baert

  • Karel Baert

    Karel Baert is van opleiding master in de rechten aan de KU Leuven en behaalde ook een master in financieel management aan de Vlekho (nu KU Leuven campus Brussel). 

    Hij startte zijn carrière als advocaat aan de Brusselse balie,  maar werkte nadien 10 jaar in verschillende managementfuncties bij Deutsche Bank in België en Duitsland. Midden jaren 90 stapte hij over naar bpost, waar hij als directeur retail de leiding had over het postkantorennetwerk. Hij stond ook mee aan de wieg van bpost bank, in 1999 was hij daar even gedelegeerd bestuurder.

    De voorbije 20 jaar was Karel Baert aan de slag bij Egon Zehnder, waar hij managementadvies gaf aan financiële bedrijven en overheidsorganisaties.

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Vincent Van Peteghem

Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium & Minister of Finance

Jean-Paul Servais

Financial Services and Markets Authority

Dr. Sarah Anrijs

Postdoctoral researcher in digital inclusion

Lorraine de Fierlant

General Director

Wim Mijs

European Banking Federation
  • Wim Mijs

    Wim Mijs (1964) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Banking Federation in 2014.

    Between 2007 and 2014 Wim served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. During this tenure he transformed the NVB into a modern industry association, positioning it as the key representative of the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis.

    Wim studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, specialising in European and International law. After his studies he worked at the International Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague. In 1993 he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam before moving to Brussels to head up the bank’s EU liaison office. Wim moved back to The Hague in 2002 where he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO.

    Wim is a member of the Advisory Board of the BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability, the Industry Chair of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum and member of the Advisory board of Leiden Law School.

    Between 2011 and 2018, Wim held various institutional roles within the international and European financial/banking community: chairman of the International Banking Federation; chairman of the Executive Committee of the EBF; and chairman of the Board of Euribor, now known as the European Money Market Institute.

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Kristel Verbeke

TV Host and presenter
Kristel Verbeke

Wim De Vilder


Michael Anseeuw

BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Michael Anseeuw

    As CEO of the leading bank in Belgium, I am committed to upholding BNP Paribas Fortis’ motto, “the bank for a changing world”. To me, this means constantly innovating and supporting our customers and the wider society through the sustainable and digital transition and guiding BNP Paribas Fortis through a time of momentous transformation.

    My first priority is to implement the bank’s ambitious 2025 Strategic Plan, which focuses on growth, accessibility and sustainability, and was inspired by interactions with customers and partners alike.

    Its accelerated rollout is a direct response to the challenges and opportunities we face, from the transition to a low-carbon economy to the need for new mobility solutions and advanced payment technologies.

    With this plan, we continue to play our role to strengthen the resilience and agility of the Belgian economy and its citizens. We combine technological innovation with the human expertise of our colleagues to ensure our customers continue to thrive.

    I firmly believe that it is BNP Paribas Fortis’s responsibility and our privilege to give back to all members of society, and am proud to be custodian of BNP Paribas Fortis for our future generations.

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