Testimonials

In the last three decades 416 talented young professionals and over 200 international companies have benefited from their association with the Prince Albert Fund.  Find out how the Fund has contributed to their personal career development and international business expansion, as they share with us their experiences below.

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Bernard Vinckier - Participant 2014-2016

"“I already had the opportunity to work abroad before my Prince Albert Fund project, but thanks to the grant, I had the chance to work for a great comp"

Role

Bernard Vinckier joined Sibelco Asia as business development Advisor Energy in their new Energy division.

Responsibilities

For the most part, Bernard’s assignment consisted of a feasibility study regarding the implementation of a supply centre of API Barite distribution in South Thailand, through partnerships with suppliers. For this he had to gather information from various stakeholders: logistics coordinators, warehouse supervisors, supply chain management staff. He also visited numerous mines, identified the best resources and further developed relationships with those companies.

At the same time, he interacted with other Business Leaders within Sibelco, as he was invited to various workshops through the Asian region. This taught Bernard much more about the company’s business and allowed him to be part of different project teams.

How he benefited

After a previous experience working in China for a very small company, Bernard chose this Prince Albert Fund project as it gave him the opportunity to work for a “start-up” of a multinational company, with a very dynamic team in Asia. “By finding my way on my own in a multinational company, I became a more mature person.” Moreover, thanks to Sibelco, Bernard had the chance to be part of the Royal Economic mission to Indonesia, a major event that allowed him to meet with the top management of Belgian companies. In May 2016, Bernard accepted the position of Project Manager Operations Asia for Sibelco, and was relocated in Singapore. “This project came at the right time in my career.”

The company – Sibelco Minerals

Sibelco was established in 1872 and is one of the oldest companies in Flanders today. The administrative headquarters of Sibelco Benelux are situated in Dessel.

With over 250 production units worldwide, the company specializes in the extraction, production and distribution of five major minerals for industrial use including quartz, cristobalite and plastic clay.

“Bernard has proven to be hands on by leading a task force that analyzed the performance of our biggest processing plant in Thailand, which was very useful for us.”

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