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 1919 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

+500
members

84
events per year

+150
J1 Visas per year

+100
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
Sarah Friedman
J1 Program Manager

Our Badass Team

Bieke Claes
Managing Director BelCham
Laurence Van den Keybus
Executive Director SF
Daniel Atz
Member Manager
Sarah Friedman
J1 Program Manager

Board

Chris Burggraeve
President BelCham
Marianne Amssoms
VP Global Communications at AB InBev
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
Christophe Crombez
Professor of Political Economy at Stanford/KU Leuven
Patrick Kestens
CEO at Corda INCubator
Yves Jadot
Founder & CEO at Yves Jadot Restaurant Group

Our Statlers and Waldorfs

Chris Burggraeve
President BelCham
Marianne Amssoms
VP Global Communications at AB InBev
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
Christophe Crombez
Professor of Political Economy at Stanford/KU Leuven
Patrick Kestens
CEO at Corda INCubator
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
Partner At Pepper Hamilton
Mark van Ophem
Assistant General Counsel at Ally Bank
Nabela Conte
Founding Attorney At Conte Law Firm

Corporate Finance

Adrien Kirschfink
Managing Director, Financial Services at Accenture
 
Arnaud Vanderbeken
Property Management & Construction At SL Green Realty Corp.
 
Yvan De Munck
US Head of Business Development
 

Learning and Development

Elke Van Bree
Marketing Manager at The Cookware Company - GreenPan
Robert Merrin
Director of Business Development at EyeSee Research
Valerie Van den Keybus
Global Digital & Content Development Leader at GE Global 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