The University of Chicago Alumni Club in Belgium organize for the 15th time their annual Business Forecast Dinner. Join us for this jubilee edition, where Chicago Booth’s culture of intense questioning and debate creates powerful economic insights that will boost your understanding of the fundamentals shaping the future.


De Beurs / La Bourse
Beursplein / Place de la bourse
Brussels, Belgium

Driving Directions:Suggested parking nearby in Parking 58 - Rue de l'Eveque 1 Q-park Dansaert - Nieuwe Graanmarkt 2 Q-park Dansaert 2 - Vlaanderenstraat 60 Interparking - Place De Brouckère 2

Event Details

For this jubilee edition a top panel has been put together, consisting of Luc Bertrand, CEO of Ackermans & van Haaren, Jan Loeys, Managing Director and Head of Global Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments at JPMorgan in London and Howard Gutman, the new US Ambassador in Brussels. The Business Forecast Dinner is an ideal opportunity to reconnect with old alumni-friends and to make new contacts. It also offers you the perfect platform for inviting your friends or business contacts to show what The University of Chicago is all about.


• € 100 (non-members) • € 80 (paying members)


Register Online
Please transfer your payments to account number 210-0555573-09 in favor of "University of Chicago Alumni in Belgium" referencing "BFD 2010 AND Name(s) of participant(s) or company name (for tables)". If you need a payment receipt from the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Belgium, please include all invoice information in your registration or by email to Evelyne van Wassenhove at Cancellations must be received by Monday, 22 February 2010, 12:00noon in order to receive a refund. Strictly no refunds after this deadline.

Deadline: 2/22/2010


6:30 PM-7:00 PM: Welcome Reception

7:00 PM-10:30 PM: Dinner and Forecasts

10:30 PM-11:30 PM: Open Bar

Speaker Profiles

Luc Bertrand (Speaker)
CEO, Ackermans & van Haaren

Luc Bertrand is the Chairman and CEO of Ackermans & van Haaren, a company focusing on Dredging, Real estate, Financial services, Private Equity and Energy. He is also a director at several other companies and institutions. Before joining Ackermans & van Haaren in 1985, Luc Bertrand worked for Corporate Finance Bankers Trust Co in New York, London & Amsterdam. Luc Bertrand is a graduate of the KU Leuven and holds a Commercial Engineer degree.

Jan Loeys (Speaker)
Managing Director and Head of Global Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments, JPMorgan in London

Jan Loeys is Managing Director and Head of Global Asset Allocation and Alternative Investments and Chief Market Strategist for JPMorgan. He works from London and writes and edits JPMorgan’s Global Markets Outlook and Strategy, The JPMorgan View, Investment Strategies, and Global Issues. Mr. Loeys joined JPMorgan in New York in 1986: he worked initially in International Economics and in Markets Research where he wrote on international investments. In 1992, he moved to London. Prior to his arrival at JPMorgan, Mr. Loeys was Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has taught finance and economics at UCLA, the Wharton School, NYU, and Fordham University.

Howard Gutman (Speaker)
US Ambassador in Brussels

Howard Gutman is the new U.S. Ambassador in Belgium. Before being named Ambassador, Mr. Gutman was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. In his over twenty-six years with the firm, Mr. Gutman handled the full gamut of litigation, investigation, and counseling matters. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gutman served as a Special Assistant to F.B.I Director William H. Webster, focusing on counterterrorism and counter-intelligence. He is a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1977 graduate of Columbia University.


Steven Coulembier, MBA'06 


Other Information

A special discount of €10 per person applies if you reserve a table of 8. Get in touch with your fellow alumni or bring along your friends and business contacts! Want to make your own forecast for 2010? Fill out our survey