keynote SPEAKERS

Philippe Chalmin

Philippe Chalmin
Professor at Paris Dauphine University and Founding Chairman of Cyclope World Commodity Yearbook

Jean-Michel Six

Chief EMEA Economist at Standard & Poor’s

Alison Rose

British Ambassador to Belgium

Pieter De Crem

Secretary of State for Foreign Trade

Philippe Chalmin is professor of economic history at Paris Dauphine University, where he is responsible for the International Business master’s programme. He is also the president and founder of the leading European research institute Cyclope, which looks at issues affecting the commodities markets and publishes the Cyclope economy and world market report every year.

Jean-Michel Six is Chief EMEA Economist at S&P Global Ratings in Paris. He has held a series of positions at Standard & Poor’s and was a member of the European Central Bank Shadow Council. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe and the Bretton Woods Committee.

Alison Rose took up her post as British Ambassador to Belgium on 11 August 2014. She is a European Union (EU) specialist. Previous positions have included leading the EU, economic, climate, home affairs and scientific teams at the British Embassy in Paris. She was also head of the Future of Europe department at the FCO.

Pieter De Crem’s political career began back in 1989 when he became president of the Young CVP political organisation in Ghent-Eeklo. In 2014, he was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Trade in the first Michel government, having served as Minister of Defence from 2007 to 2014. During this period, he implemented fundamental changes to Belgium’s armed forces.


2.00 pm
2.30 pm
by Vincent Reuter
2.45 pm
The curse of raw materials and the impact of the second round
by Nabil Jijakli
3.00 pm
The day after the boom:

the downfall of world commodity prices and the new commodity curse
by Philippe Chalmin
3.40 pm
Winners and losers of lower commodity prices: which lessons are to be drawn for our companies?
by Pascaline della Faille and Jolyn Debuysscher
4.00 pm
International economic outlook:

for how long will growth in Europe continue to lag behind?
by Jean-Michel Six
4.40 pm
Coffee break
5.00 pm
SMEs & exports in the current challenging macroeconomic context
Outcome of the Credendo-Trends survey
by Dirk De Moor, journalist
5.20 pm
How to expand your business in the current challenging macroeconomic context?
Reactions of Chief Executive Officers
Debate with Michel Hanson, Thomas Spitaels, Carl Van den Eynde and Dirk Terweduwe
Moderator: Alain Mouton, journalist Trends-Tendances
6.00 pm

consequences for Belgian exporters?
Introduction keynote speech by Alison Rose followed by a debate with Jean-Michel Six, Thomas Spiller and Marc Lambotte
Moderator: Amid Faljaoui, Editor in Chief Trends-Tendances
6.40 pm
by Pieter De Crem
6.50 pm
Simultaneous interpretation into Dutch, French and English will be available.


Vincent Reuter

Vincent Reuter
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Credendo Group

Nabil Jijakli

Nabil Jijakli
Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer Credendo

Pascaline della Faille

Pascaline della Faille
Country and Sector Risk Coordinator Credendo

Jolyn Debuysscher

Jolyn Debuysscher
Country and Sector Risk Analyst Credendo

Michel Hanson

Michel Hanson
Former President ENGIE Fabricom Oil, Gas & Power

Thomas Spitaels

Thomas Spitaels
Chief Executive Officer TPF Group

Carl Van den Eynde

Carl Van den Eynde
Chief Executive Officer Viabuild

Dirk Terweduwe

Dirk Terweduwe
Group Chief Executive Officer Credendo

Thomas Spiller

Thomas Spiller
President British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium


Marc Lambotte

Marc Lambotte
CEO Agoria



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