About us

BelCham is proud of its 100 years, founded after the end of World War I in 1919 by Belgian and American business professionals. Over the years, we’ve acted as a bridge between both continents, bringing together a powerful community and providing guidance to entrepreneurs growing their businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Today, BelCham is the driving force behind international (business) growth: an on-demand partner and central access point providing resources, market knowledge, and connections that unlock transatlantic opportunities. We have one clear goal: helping you/your business grow. 

We bring together an international network of game-changers, high-growth startups, and trusted partners who share our belief in the power of entrepreneurship, the strength of an inclusive community and the potential of cross-border innovation. 

Belcham in numbers

+500
members

+100
events per year

+150
J1 Visas per year

+110
Atelier companies


potential

About us

Hey there! We are the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, but please, call us BelCham.

That’s short for government independent not-for-profit at the service of Belgians and their friends, with the sole purpose of supporting Belgian excellence in the United States.

Our roots date back to 1918 and our community is growing and thriving as never before. That is thanks to the collaborative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset of everyone involved. BelCham is formed, and carried, by students, young professionals, start-ups, scale-ups, and industry-leading corporations alike.

Our focus? Supporting any and all Belgian potential in the United States any way we can.

How? By providing a variety of services, ranging from office space, over 50+ events per year, to our J-1 trainee and internship program. All tailored to the specific needs of our members.

Our community powers the engine. Have a look at our Executive Committees, Board, and BelCham crew below. These fine speci-men and women come equipped with a warm welcome, excellent service, invaluable advice, large doses of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and plenty of corny jokes.

Belcham in numbers

+500
interns and trainees

450
members

0.5
benjamins to become a young individual member

0
time to lose


potential

Team

Laurence Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Valerie Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Sarah Friedman
Senior Manager, Career Services & International Programs
Deborah van den Brande
Program Manager
Jason Powers
Senior Manager, Membership & Partnerships
Eva Van der Borght
Brand Marketing & Communications
Claire Collard
Trainee
Krister Lansing
Community and Member Success Associate
Nikki Van Tendeloo
Membership & Programming

Our Badass Team

Laurence Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Valerie Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Sarah Friedman
Senior Manager, Career Services & International Programs
Deborah van den Brande
Program Manager
Jason Powers
Senior Manager, Membership & Partnerships
Eva Van der Borght
Brand Marketing & Communications
Claire Collard
Trainee
Krister Lansing
Community and Member Success Associate
Nikki Van Tendeloo
Membership & Programming

Board

Marianne Amssoms
President BelCham Board
Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO of PAMICA NV
Luc Cools
General Manager at KBC Bank New York
Nathalie Delrue-McGuire
Honorary Consul of Belgium in San Francisco
Patrick Kestens
Founder & CEO Kepa
Roel Peeters
Founder & CEO at Roost
Doug Gross
CEO NG DATA
Yves Jadot
Founder & CEO at Yves Jadot Restaurant Group

Our Statlers and Waldorfs

Marianne Amssoms
President BelCham Board
Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO of PAMICA NV
Luc Cools
General Manager at KBC Bank New York
Nathalie Delrue-McGuire
Honorary Consul of Belgium in San Francisco
Patrick Kestens
Founder & CEO Kepa
Roel Peeters
Founder & CEO at Roost
Doug Gross
CEO NG DATA
Yves Jadot
Founder & CEO at Yves Jadot Restaurant Group

Executive Committees

Marketing and Communications

Benjamin Snyers
Head of U.S. Operations at Social Lab
Geri Jacobs
Founder Of NOMAD
Christian Loos
Creative Director at KitchenNY
Julie Deffet
Assistent Editor at VICE Media

Our Expert Posses

Marketing and Communications

Benjamin Snyers
Head of U.S. Operations at Social Lab
Geri Jacobs
Founder Of NOMAD
Christian Loos
Creative Director at KitchenNY
Julie Deffet
Assistent Editor at VICE Media

Technology

Pieter Mees
CEO at Zentrick
Stefaan De Waegeneire
President At Adagio USA
Xavier Facon
Founder & CTO At Crisp Media
Kerem Baran
Founder & CEO of Boomset
Egwin Avau
Founder of Panenco

Legal

Paul Hespel
Finance Partner At Alston & Bird
Mark van Ophem
Assistant General Counsel at Ally Bank
Nathaniel Lucek
BelCham Secretary-General, Partner at Hodgson Russ

Corporate Finance

Adrien Kirschfink
Managing Director, Financial Services at Accenture
 
Arnaud Vanderbeken
Property Management & Construction At SL Green Realty Corp.
 

Learning and Development

Elke Van Bree
Marketing Manager at The Cookware Company - GreenPan
Robert Merrin
Director of Business Development at EyeSee Research

Events

Jonathan Cornelus
Business Development Additive Manufacturing at Oerlikon
Tienneke Petit
VP - COO department Governance in Project/Business management At BNP Paribas USA
Stan Broekhoven
Real Estate Agent At Keller Williams NYC TRIBECA
Laura Bown
Architect/Exhibition Designer at Selldorf Architects
Emilie Vanderkeilen
Human Capital Manager & Employer Branding at STYLELABS
Axel Clissen
Founding Principal at Socle
Stephanie Wajntraub
Marketing and Communication Specialist

Press and PR

Debby Huvaere
Project Management & Business Development at van Cronenburg, Inc.
Peter Vanham
Global Leadership Fellow at World Economic Forum

BE Team

Ruth Collin
Business Operations Executive At Essentiel
 
Christophe Segers
CFO at LakeSprings
 
Cynthia Beuckelaers
Marketing & Communication At Lampiris
 
Katrien De Clerck
COO at Teamleader