Board of Governors

Determines the Foundation's policy and is responsible for its budget and accounts.


The King Baudouin Foundation’s Board of Governors defines the guidelines for the Foundation’s policy. It also assumes final responsibility for the budget and accounts.


The Board of Governors has a Chair, one Vice-Chair and a maximum of 12 Board Members, including the Managing Director.


Pierre Wunsch

Governor of the National Bank of Belgium


Karl-Heinz Lambertz

President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community

Managing Director

Brieuc Van Damme

Chief Executive Officer


Jean-Pol Boone

Digital and e-commerce Entrepreneur, Digital & ICT Investment Officer at Be Angels, Investment Committee Member at W.IN.G by Digital Wallonia

Lieze Cloots

Head of the International Policy Unit, Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij

Hakima Darhmouch

Communications consultant and former journalist, previously in charge of the Culture Department at the RTBF

Fons Duchateau

Network Coordinator – Integration Manager of the GZA-ZNA Network of Antwerp Hospitals

Céline Fremault

Member of the Brussels Parliament, former Brussels Minister
  • for Housing, Quality of Life, Environment, Energy, Families, Support for People with a Disability (2014-2019)
  • for the Economy, Employment, Scientific Research, Commerce and Foreign Trade (2013-2014)

Vincent Houssiau

Head of Cabinet to His Majesty the King

Louis Jonckheere

Entrepreneur, CEO Wintercircus Ghent

Meryame Kitir

Member of the Federal Parliament, former Federal Minister for Cooperation and Development, Responsible for Cities (2020-2022)

David O'Sullivan

Member of the European Policy Centre and EU sanctions special envoy of the European Commission

Sabine Taevernier

Vice Chair, Topstukkenraad (Advisory board on cultural goods of the Flemish Community), Chair, Ensor Advisory Committee


New members to the Board of Governors are elected by a two-thirds majority by sitting Governors or their representatives. Each mandate is for four years and may be renewed once. The upper age limit to exercise a mandate as governor is 70.

The Governors elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair from the Board Members. The Chair is appointed for a term of two years, a mandate that may be renewed once.

The Board of Governors acts by majority vote.