Belgium House In Davos 2024

15-19 January



European Business Summits organises the Belgium House during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

The forum featured conferences, workshops and panel discussions with the participation of CEOs and other top officers from major Belgian corporations such as AB InBev, Solvay, Fluxys, AvH-DEME, Belfius and Port of Antwerp. A cocktail reception was attended by Their Majesties the King and the Queen of Belgium and the Prime Minister.

The initiative took place throughout the 2024 WEF week and came near the start of Belgium’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 


Alexander De Croo
Prime Minister of Belgium
Bill Gates
Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Colin Bell
Alexandre Fasel
FDFA State Secretary of Switzerland
John Blood
Chief Legal & Corporate Affair Officer, AB InBev
Marc Raisière
CEO, Belfius
Brian Schmidt
Physics Nobel Prize Winner
Pascal De Buck
CEO, Fluxys
Luc Vandenbulcke
Jacques Vandermeiren
CEO, Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Ilham Kadri
CEO, Syensqo
Annelies Verlinden
Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reform and Democratic Renewal of Belgium
Rafael Mariano Grossi
Director General, IAEA
Catherine De Bolle
Executive Director, Europol
Pascal Heyman
Ambassador of Belgium to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Julie Deré
Vice-President, ICC
Paul Hudson
CEO, Sanofi
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Belarusian Opposition Leader
Stephan Vanfraechem
Managing Director, Alfaport Voka
Zoleka Lisa
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, AB InBev South Africa
Michel Demaré
Chair of the Board, AstraZeneca
Adrian Cooper
CEO, Oxford Economics
Kartikeya Sharma
President, AB InBev India
Jeroen Dhanens
ICC Member
Krishan Maudgal
CEO, Belgian Brewers Federation
Julia Spencer
MSD Associate VP, Global Multilateral Engagement, Strategic Alliances, and International Relations
Tineke Van Hooland
Deputy Secretary General, The Belgian Life Science Industry Federation Bio.be/essenscia
Maria Leptin
President, European Research Council
Johan Rockström
Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Kristian Vanderwaeren
Head of the Belgian General Administration of Customs and Excise

"Defending democracy is not easy in today’s society, where nuance is often seen as something difficult and where democracy is perceived as the right of the majority. But the biggest virtue of democracy is protecting the minority opinions: If European democracies have been good at something, it is including them in the decision-making process."

Alexander De Croo
Prime Minister of Belgium

"Energy is what modern civilisation is all about, as the physical economy is very energy-intensive. Historically, hydrocarbons have been fantastic but we need to limit CO2 emissions. For the future, we need non-weather-dependent energy: depending on how cheap storage gets, the ideal would be mixing nuclear energy with renewables."

Bill Gates
Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"The biopharma industry is still the largest R&D investor in Europe, but the percentage has been decreasing. At the beginning of the century, 1 in 2 medicines was invented in Europe, now it’s 1 out of 5. We need a strong turnaround, especially from a regulatory point of view, to incentivise innovation and make it attractive for the pharmaceutical industry to make investments."

Michel Demaré
Chair of the Board, AstraZeneca

We are channelling the collective energies of Belgium’s top industries – notably the biopharma, renewable energy and international logistics sectors – into a single, influential focus point.

Arnaud Thysen
Director General, European Business Summits

Where we are

As the global society faces the reality of a world in transformation, there is a need for long-term visions that can lead towards solutions. In this context, a new and upgraded platform to forge dialogue and stronger partnerships is crucial for practical and implementable gains.

The Belgium House is placed perfectly at this intersection, presenting itself with a double objective: to become a hub for prominent and inspiring speakers to discuss new ideas and to encourage the conception of roadmaps towards long-term and sustainable results.

At a watershed moment for the global population, faced with multi-crises and unfamiliar challenges, the Belgium House offers the opportunity for industries to discuss innovative solutions, while enjoying networking moments with Belgian’s most remarkable stakeholders.

Check the 2024 Agenda

Our mission statement

Our mission is twofold: we aim to bring politics and business together in order to provide them with an opportunity to debate and pursue their common goals, giving a voice to all sides of the debate. The other priority of EBS is to provide European institutions with a platform where they can place their top priorities in the spotlight and advance the development of new pieces of legislation through discussion with a variety of actors and stakeholders.

Arnaud Thysen
Director General

They trust us

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