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. 

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Laurence Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Valerie Van den Keybus
Co-Managing Director
Sarah Friedman
Senior Manager, Career Services & International Programs
Evelyn Cools
Member Associate
Anton Wouters
Business Development & Project Management Associate


Marianne Amssoms
President BelCham Board
Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO, PAMICA NV
Luc Cools
General Manager, KBC Bank New York
Annastasiah Mhaka
Founder, Mawambo & Co-Founder, AAIH
Jan Bellens
Global Banking & Capital Markets Sector Leader at EY - New York
Nathaniel Lucek
Secretary General
Roel Peeters
Founder & CEO, Roost
Doug Gross
Tom Vanham

BelCham Ambassadors

Yves Ghys
Head Americas, Pozyx - Greenville SC