The Prince Albert Fund is a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to helping young talented Belgian professionals acquire experience in conducting international projects.

In the last 30 years we have enabled hundreds of young Belgian professionals to develop skills and gain invaluable experience in international business by managing projects for more than 100 different Belgian companies.

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Our Mission

Helping talented young Belgian professionals acquire experience in conducting international projects

Our mission is to to help talented young professionals discover and develop their true international leadership potential and so contribute to the development of the Belgian economy and Belgian international business by leveraging Belgian companies and organisations.

For three decades, the Prince Albert Fund has helped young Belgian professionals develop an international career by giving them opportunity to manage a 12-month business project for a Belgian company outside Europe. This very selective entrepreneurial international experience has contributed to the careers of hundreds young people, who since have achieved senior leadership positions as entrepreneurs or in international business. In this way, the Fund has succeeded in its aim to drive talent that will make a difference to society in general.

Our History

A princely tribute to Belgian foreign trade

The Prince Albert Fund was set up in 1984 by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB) and the King Baudouin Foundation to mark the 50th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Albert, later to become the sixth King of the Belgians. The Fund’s aim was to embody the vision of a group of captains of industries to promote Belgian business abroad. 

30th anniversary event – a time to take stock of our three-decade legacy

On the 2nd of April 2015, the Prince Albert Fund celebrated its 30th anniversary.  At this occasion His Royal Highness King Albert handed over the reins of the fund to his daughter Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid. 

This was a unique occasion to return to the original focus of the founders and to overview the long-term impact. The new Chairman exposed his plans for the future of the Fund: PAF 2.0.


In 2004, the Prince Albert Fund celebrated 20 years of successful programmes in the presence of His Majesty King Albert II and His Royal Highness Prince Philippe.

Archives of the 20th anniversary

Our Steering Committee

The Steering Comittee of the Prince Albert Fund is responsible for its strategic direction.


chris2 Chris BurggraeveFounder Vicomte LLC, Alumni 1989


busquin Valérie Busquin, Managing Director, MarkQuest, Alumni 1993

deturck Michiel Deturck, Partner, Vendis Capital, Alumni 1990

 Hans Maertens, CEO Voka

ottervaere Francis Ottevaere, CEO, JIMS, Alumni 2003

reuter Vincent Reuter, Managing Director, UWE

debroms Luc Tayart de Borms, Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation

timmermans Pieter Timmermans, Managing Director, VBO-FEB

 Floriane Uyttenhove, Carbonates EMEA Segment Marketing Mgr, IMERYS, Alumni 2014

 Kristel Van den Berghe, Corporate Innovations Manager, Materialise, Alumni 2014

willocx Olivier Willocx, Managing Director, BECI

Our team

1  Anne-Catherine Chevalier, Managing Director.

Anneke Denecker, Knowledge Manager.

Facts & Figures

Some key figures: 1984 – 2015

391 Alumni around the globe have done a project for
177 Belgian Companies in
39 Different Countries over the last 30 years.

116 Women – 275 Men

Most popular countries

China 87
USA 84
Brazil 28
India 23
Singapore 20

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