About us

We are the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, or 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 as far as 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 the Executive Committees, our Board, and the BelCham team below.

Belcham in numbers

450
members

84
events per year

+500
J1 Visas

96
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

Bieke Claes
Managing Director BelCham
Laurence Van den Keybus
Executive Director SF
Daniel Atz
Member Manager
Charlotte Greant
Events Manager
Babette Dehaen
Executive Assistant
Marie Bielen
Intern
Albert van Kiel
Technology support

Our Badass Team

Bieke Claes
Managing Director BelCham
Laurence Van den Keybus
Executive Director SF
Daniel Atz
Member Manager
Charlotte Greant
Events Manager
Babette Dehaen
Executive Assistant
Marie Bielen
Intern
Albert van Kiel
Technology support

Board

Chris Burggraeve
President BelCham
Marianne Amssoms
VP Global Communications at AB InBev
Michel Akkermans
CEO of Clear2Pay
Patrick Kestens
CEO at Corda INCubator
Christophe Crombez
Professor of Political Economy at Stanford/KU Leuven
Nathalie Delrue-McGuire
Honorary Consul of Belgium in San Francisco
Luc Cools
General Manager at KBC Bank New York

Our Statlers and Waldorfs

Chris Burggraeve
President BelCham
Marianne Amssoms
VP Global Communications at AB InBev
Michel Akkermans
CEO of Clear2Pay
Patrick Kestens
CEO at Corda INCubator
Christophe Crombez
Professor of Political Economy at Stanford/KU Leuven
Nathalie Delrue-McGuire
Honorary Consul of Belgium in San Francisco
Luc Cools
General Manager at KBC Bank New York

Executive Committees

Marketing and Communications

Benjamin Snyers
Partner & Media Director At Social Lab
Geri Jacobs
Founder Of NOMAD
Christian Loos
Creative Director at KitchenNY
Julie Deffet
Film Producer and Director

Our Expert Posses

Marketing and Communications

Benjamin Snyers
Partner & Media Director At Social Lab
Geri Jacobs
Founder Of NOMAD
Christian Loos
Creative Director at KitchenNY
Julie Deffet
Film Producer and Director

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
Partner At Pepper Hamilton
Mark van Ophem
Of Counsel At RPCK Rastegar Panchal And Senior Counsel At CIT Group
Axel Clerens
Lawyer At Clerens Legal Partner
Nabela Conte
Founding Attorney At Conte Law Firm

Corporate Finance

Adrien Kirschfink
Strategy Senior Manager At Accenture
 
Arnaud Vanderbeken
Property Management & Construction At SL Green Realty Corp.
 
Yvan De Munck
Managing Director At Carillon Capital
 

Learning and Development

Elke Van Bree
Project Manager
Robert Merrin
NJCU lecturer Economics
Valerie Van den Keybus
Brand Communication Manager At GE
Geraldine Bouckaert
Consultant at Capco

Events

Jonathan Cornelus
Senior Business Development Manager At 3D Systems
Tienneke Petit
VP Governance ALM At BNP Paribas USA
Stan Broekhoven
Real Estate Agent At TOWN Residential
Laura Bown
Architect/Exhibition Designer
Emilie Vanderkeilen
Executive Assistant At Skanska USA Commercial Development
Axel Clissen
Project Manager At D'Apostrophe Design
Stephanie Wajntraub
Creative Director

Press and PR

Debby Huvaere
Business Development at van Cronenburg
Peter Vanham
Senior Media Manager At World Economic Forum

BE Team

Ruth Collin
Business Operations Executive At Essentiel
 
Christophe Segers
Financial Advisor At Noorhof
 
Cynthia Beuckelaers
Marketing & Communication At Lampiris
 
Katrien De Clerck
Business Development At Teamleader