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
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
Krister Lansing
Community and Member Success Associate
Nikki Van Tendeloo
Membership & Programming

Board

Marianne Amssoms
President BelCham Board
Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO, PAMICA NV
Luc Cools
General Manager, KBC Bank New York
Patrick Kestens
Founder & CEO, Kepa
Annastasiah Mhaka
Founder, Mawambo & Co-Founder, AAIH
Nathaniel Lucek
Secretary General
Roel Peeters
Founder & CEO, Roost
Doug Gross
CEO, NG DATA
Tom Vanham
CEO, LRM NV

Our Statlers and Waldorfs

Marianne Amssoms
President BelCham Board
Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO, PAMICA NV
Luc Cools
General Manager, KBC Bank New York
Patrick Kestens
Founder & CEO, Kepa
Annastasiah Mhaka
Founder, Mawambo & Co-Founder, AAIH
Nathaniel Lucek
Secretary General
Roel Peeters
Founder & CEO, Roost
Doug Gross
CEO, NG DATA
Tom Vanham
CEO, LRM NV

Our Expert Posses

Marketing and Communications

Wim Sweldens
Co-Founder, Kiswe
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