If you would like to know what a PAF project is about, take a look at the testimonials of recent candidates. They are classified by region where their assignment took place. Enjoy and be inspired!
Close the Gap - South Africa
“I acquired new leadership skills and have become more patient and independent.”
Compagnie industrielle des Fibres Sénégal (CIFS) - Senegal
“I learned how to implement solutions on the work floor faster and with more impact.”
Savics - Rwanda
“I have gained new skills such as agile project management and scrum methodology in a completely new line of business.”
La Lorraine Bakery Group (LLBG) - South Africa
“I truly believe that this experience supported my growth in becoming a leader and gain managerial and entrepreneurial insight.”
Polytra - Tanzania
“Being on my own, starting a new project for the company in several Sub-Saharan African countries was a real entrepreneurial experience.”
“Running my ‘one-woman project’ significantly improved my managerial and leadership skills.”
International Marine and Dredging Consultants - Ghana
“Arriving empty-handed in Africa meant that I was forced to take the initiative and get both my personal and professional life sorted.”
Tiger Power - Uganda
Casibeans - Tanzania
LC Packaging - South Africa
AGC Glass Europe - Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Angola
This project has opened a new career path for me. I feel that I now have all the tools in hand to make a reasoned decision about my future career.
This hands-on experience was the best training I could have ever imagined to strengthen some of my talents.
Casibeans - Tanzania and Ethiopia
This year allowed me to move from ideas to reality.
Experiencing the macroeconomic consequences of politics first-hand has shown me how interconnected our world truly is.
Durabilis - Burkina Faso
“I learned to take ownership of my decisions and take the consequences if things go wrong.”
Nguvu Utilities - Rwanda
“I’ve learned to develop a business in a different culture, but also learned what it means to live in this culture.”
Econation - South Africa
“The Prince Albert Fund gives a boost to your professional career by building your network and opening a lot of doors."
Unifiedpost Group (UPG) - Singapore
“Above all, the project has taught me self-reliance.”
EyeSee - Singapore
“This position led me to focus more on understanding the clients’ issues.”
Renson - South Korea
“The project required flexibility, resilience and proactivity.”
Umicore - South Korea
“I would have never gotten my new job without my Prince Albert Fund experience.”
IBA - Taiwan
“The multicultural interactions have strengthened my ability to adjust to new environments.”
DEME Concessions - Oman
“I entered this project with the ambition to get ‘on the ground’ experience.”
VITO - India
“My PAF experience was a giant stepping stone in my career. I could not have wished for a better transition from academics to business.”
UCB - Belgium (originally China)
“I became more resilient and less risk averse. I learned to invest my energy where I can make a difference.”
Faktion - Singapore
“I became more confident about making independent choices and taking responsibility for them.”
Savics - Indonesia
“This year has taught me to reassess objectives, keep my spirits high, and continue to aim for my goals in times of uncertainty.”
Milcobel - Hong Kong
“I developed a strong sense of entrepreneurship and an appetite for self-employment.”
DEME Offshore - Taiwan
“The Prince Albert Fund was an incredible experience that gave my career a turn I would not have achieved without its help.”
AB InBev - United Arab Emirates (UAE)
“The Prince Albert Fund project was a major intercultural challenge on a daily basis and a real career change.”
“This experience definitely broadened my professional outlook and gave me a better insight into the jobs that I might seek in the future.”
THEO Technologies - Singapore
“Setting up a company in a new country while immersing yourself in a new culture is very rewarding, both on a personal and professional level.”
Greenyard fresh - India
Neuhaus - Japan & China
What is so great about the Prince Albert Fund is that you also join a very dynamic community.
Greenyard Fresh - India
I guess this experience was the best MBA I could imagine!
EnergyVision - China
One of my main goals when I embarked on the Prince Albert Fund adventure was to enter a fast-evolving industry such as energy technology and gain an i
Ecorem - Vietnam
I have gained insights about how to deliver high value to customers, and manage relationships with very important stakeholders.
Unilin - China
By living and working in an environment that is completely out of your comfort zone such as China, you develop soft skills...
I now feel much more at ease developing project plannings, motivating project teams, working towards deadlines and engaging with stakeholders.
Puratos - Hong Kong
I believe I developed strong skills during the project, mostly because of the company’s values and the geographic location of my role.
Umicore - Japan
The Prince Albert Fund project allowed me to gain substantial knowledge in international business, working for a large and successful Belgian company.
Greenpan - Hong Kong
“This project transformed me into a full project manager. I became more pro-active, more creative and flexible.”
Ageas - Hong Kong
“I experienced the challenges of working with partnerships in countries across Asia first-hand.”
DEME - Singapore
“I have come across people and situations that I feel have made me a better person.”
Materialise - Malaysia
“Looking back at my project, I’m happy to see the immense learning curve I had.”
Sibelco - Thailand
“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
Unilin - South-East Asia.
For me, the Prince Albert Fund project was an opportunity to put things into perspective and to confirm my passion and strength.
Schreder - China
The cultural training of the Prince Albert Fund is of utmost importance because to succeed you must understand the people and the environment.
Materialise - China
The Prince Albert Fund exceeded my expectations in terms of development, both on a personal and professional level.
Lhoist - Malaysia
I have now the confirmation that the “heavy industry” and especially Mining / Minerals is a sector that really interests me.
IMDC - Bangkok
One of the main reasons I applied for the Prince Albert Fund programme was to sharpen my strategic skills.
I expected this year to be a practical MBA, and I really do think that this is true.
Barco - Hong Kong
My project has significantly increased my knowledge of emerging economies, more specifically Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.
This project has given me more insight and understanding in a promising high value technology, namely 3D printing, especially in the high value medica
Umicore - India
The Prince Albert Fund project gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my attitudes and mindset for approaching challenges to a potential employer.
Brussels Beer Project - Japan
l learnt a lot about the craft beer industry and the Japanese market and developed negotiation skills and a strong sense of responsibility.
UCB China - China
This was a challenging albeit very rewarding assignment, which I was very proud to successfully contribute to.
Cartamundi - Singapore
Gathering qualitative information was easy. Translating it into a quantitative model proved more challenging.
TomTom - India & The Middle East
Thanks to the Prince Albert Fund, I learned how to investigate and address business opportunities, both in Dubai and India.
Stow - China
20 years ago, Jean Louis wanted to set up his own company. In China he set up a manufacturing plant.
CBR Cimenteries - China
Coming back to Belgium, her experience in China helped her career by giving her the legitimisation she needed to confirm her position as CEO.
ABN Amro - India
In India, Francis discovered, the simplest things can become very complicated.
Waterleau - Hong Kong
Thanks to his Prince Albert Fund project, Nicolas learned how to do things on the field.
UCB Pharma - India
In India she investigated several back office services, to see what could be outsourced.
Etex Group - Malaysia
Michiel learned how to use Kuala Lumpur as a transport hub for the entire Asia Pacific Region.
Vermedia Pharma - Russia
Working in two different countries, as a Brand, Sales, Marketing and Project Manager is a lot. But not for Peter Desutter!
Cubigo - Canada
“During my mission, I experienced the tremendous value of a PAF alumni mentor.”
Gimber - United States
“Because no great story ever started within your comfort zone!”
Hashting Solutions - Mexico
“Thanks to the Prince Albert Fund, I became more independent and also learned how to focus on client needs.”
Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) - United States
“This Prince Albert Fund year pushed me to develop resiliency and flexibility.”
“PAF has enhanced my confidence in navigating in volatile and ambiguous professional environments.”
“Above all, this Prince Albert Fund year helped boost my resilience even more.”
Trevi Environmental Solutions - United States
“I have expanded my horizon, adopted a new way of seeing things and acquired a ton of new skills”.
UCB - Canada
Renson - United States
“Believe in your project, because if you don’t, no one will. Be your own greatest supporter!”
Tribù - United States
“Working for a startup involves lots of challenges and new things that need to be set up.”
“The main challenges I encountered were understanding a new industry, in a foreign country with a different business approach.”
Twentyeight Health - United States
“Thanks to the Prince Albert Fund, I was able to make the shift to the startup world.”
Cumul.io - United States
“This Prince Albert Fund year has given my sales and business development skills a huge boost.”
La Lorraine Bakery Group - Canada & United States
“This Prince Albert Fund project enabled me to develop a multitude of new professional skills in just one year.”
Paprika - United States
“I learned that flexibility and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are probably just as important as knowing the ins and outs of the process.”
Urban Crop Solutions - United States
“The Prince Albert Fund project opened doors for me, trained as a chemical engineer to the world of business and entrepreneurial startup life.”
Bioracer - Canada & United States
“Saying that my Prince Albert Fund project was a very strong career accelerator would definitely be an understatement.”
Amoobi - United States
“With this Prince Albert Fund project, I have grown to know and understand myself much better than before.”
Gilen Immobiliën - United States
“Thanks to my PAF project, I could transition from a career in law to one in business through a year of hands-on experience.”
UCB - Belgium (originally United States)
“As I was unable to work abroad due to COVID, I spontaneously connected with different people in the organization to find out where I could add value.
The Park Playground - United States
“This project soon proved to be the ideal learning environment.”
THEO Technologies - United States
“I was able to further improve my people management skills and ability to work with senior stakeholders.”
Libeert - United States
“Because of the unique framework that the Prince Albert Fund offers, you can jump into the wild.”
“Thanks to my Prince Albert Fund project, I have all the tools I need to start my own business.”
Ardo - United States
“On a professional level, my Prince Albert Fund project taught me how to keep all the plates spinning at once.”
Proceedix - United States
“Having the opportunity to discover a new and exciting industry, which will define and is part of our future, was a real plus.”
Iristick - United States
“This experience challenged me to be self-reliant, self-motivating and come up with creative solutions.”
“Being the only person based in the US for Amoobi, I ended up wearing many hats and developing many new skills.”
Decospan - United States
“This Prince Albert Fund experience helped me to grow as a leader.”
Cubigo - United States
“In the current climate of mistrust on data, seeing how technology can have a positive impact on people’s life is invaluable.”
Le pain quotidien - USA
Cubigo - USA
Unifly - USA
AGC Glass Europe - USA
Lynxcare - USA
Puratos - USA
Barco - USA
LynxCare - United States
Coming from the academic world, the project has opened new doors for me. In the future, I want to bring my academic and industry knowledge together to
Beeple - United States
This mission has been an eye-opener, in that it gave me a good insight in a number of new professions and gave me a much better idea of the job I want
Thanks to the Prince Albert Fund, I have gained an operational and commercial experience in a whole new product market.
Le Pain Quotidien - United States
I had the pleasure of working with a lot of people who were experienced in the field of strategic turnaround projects.
Exposure to many different experiences, across different industries, roles and countries is key to develop a fulfilling international career.
Unifly - United States
I was eager to further develop my entrepreneurial skills and I was not disappointed!
AGC Glass Europe - United States
My expectations, although already pretty high, were far exceeded. The project is more than moving, living and working abroad!
Barco - United States
Not only have I re-skilled and rebranded myself, but I am also better prepared for the challenges in the digital economy
LuckyCycle - United States
My experience is a great asset on my résumé, especially as I am interested in working in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Solvay - United States
The project ticked all the boxes, meeting all the criteria I had set for myself and helped me identify my true passions and strengths.
Tao Family - United States
Working on your own and being the only representative in a new market is definitely an entrepreneurial experience on the field, and a real challenge.
twikit - United States
I’m much better prepared for starting up my own business because of my Prince Albert Fund experience.
Applying for the Prince Albert Fund was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
GuardSquare - United States
I have come to strongly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship and courage it takes to start up a new company.
neoScores - United States
The project allowed me to improve my business development skills and inspired me to pursue a career at the intersection of technology and creativity.
Decospan - New York
“I became more self-aware and got to know myself better during my Prince Albert Fund project.”
Durabilis - Guatemala
Receiving complete autonomy on a project was both challenging and exciting”
iMinds - USA
This experience clearly demonstrated the potential knowledge and guidance you can receive from your network to me.
Puratos Corporation - USA
This Prince Albert Fund experience has taught me to think out of the box, multitask, be proactive and considerate of my colleagues and customers.
I now know how difficult it is to penetrate a market without a network of college alumni and former colleagues to rely on.
I have discovered doors to new opportunities I did not even know existed. My life and career have changed tremendously as a result.
DataCamp - United States
I built an extremely valuable network in the fast-growing and booming data science industry.
De Halve Maan - Mexico
While the project only lasted a year, I feel like I gained a lifetime experience.
Unilin bvba - USA
During his mission to Atlanta, Georgia he did business development for the Belgian company Unilin.
DBA Groupe - USA
Abroad, he learned how to work with different cultures, even within the Western world, and how to conduct business in a different language.
UCB - Brazil
“The challenges that I faced this year allowed me to quickly gain the trust and respect of my colleagues and boost my self-confidence.”
Puratos - Chile
“I learned to trust my instinct and gained self-confidence and leadership experience.”
Savics - Costa Rica
“During my Prince Albert Fund year, l gained a lot of professional and personal experience.”
Unilin - Brazil
“The most invaluable aspect of joining the Prince Albert Fund community is the opportunity you get to connect with interesting and impactful people.”
Boortmalt - Argentina
“The project allowed me to significantly develop my management skills and improve my soft skills along the way.”
Unifly - Colombia
“l became much more organized, learned how to nurture a lead and gained a good grasp of how to develop a business.”
“I am thrilled to work for a company that is committed to nowadays global challenges.”
La Lorraine Bakery Group - USA
Lhoist - Chile
For the first time ever, the way I resolve daily problems has huge implications on a balance sheet.
La Lorraine Bakery Group - Colombia
I am honored and grateful for the support of the Prince Albert Fund, as it has given me a priceless opportunity in international business
De Halve Maan - Brazil
I learned that my main source of motivation was constant learning and working with inspiring people.
Cardwise / Xpenditure - São Paulo
Challenging, entrepreneurial, intense, … my project had it all
Origis Energy - Chile
The experience, the new skills as well as meeting new people paved the way for many new professional opportunities that I didn’t have before the proje
UCB Biopharma - Brazil
The Prince Albert Fund gave me the opportunity to further develop my management skills.
Univeg - Argentina
In terms of management skills, I made a great leap forward in Argentina.
Stevia One - Peru
By taking full responsibility for my project, I was able to further enhance my leadership, business and management skills.
Hinicio - Colombia
Moving from a consulting project manager position to managing the tasks of a “mini-enterprise” was a very interesting learning experience.
Greenyard Fresh - Colombia and Peru
I learned a lot about European consumers, which completely changed my personal consumption. I became much more sustainable and socially responsible.
Korys - Brazil
During my project, I learned how to manage and chase a business opportunity on every level.
Boortmalt - Australia
“The Prince Albert Fund allowed me to move my career in a new direction.”
Renson - Australia
“I have developed a better understanding of international trade and learned to research markets and set up a business plan.”
Connections - Worldwide
“Entering this new market was quite a challenge. I therefore had to prove myself as a new entrant and gain the trust of the market players.”
Unilin - Autralie
Unilin - Australia and New-Zealand
This project increased my confidence, enabling me to make decisions and realize that nothing is crystal clear in the business world, you have to take
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