Join us for the Economic Forecast Dinner 2018 in Brussels.


Palais des Colonies / Koloniënpaleis
Avenue des Palais / Paleizenlaan
3080 Tervuren, Belgium

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Event Details

Key business and public actors share their views on the major challenges and opportunities for the year(s) ahead. A special focus is brought
this year to the digital revolution and its disruptive impact on economy and societal equilibrium at large.

Speakers confirmed for the event:

  • Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services
  • Duco Sickhinge, Managing Partner of Fortino Capital and former CEO of Telenet
  • Vahé Torossian '10 (EXP-15), Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation & President Microsoft Western Europe


  • Thomas Lambert, Director EU Economic and Monetary Union (Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and Former Deputy Ambassador of Belgium to the USA

18:30 Welcome reception
19:15 Dinner, speakers & panel discussion
22:30 Open bar



80 euros for UoC alumni club members (who paid membership)
100 euros for non-members
120 euros for this event + club membership 2018

Tables of 8 : 640 euros
Tables of 10 : 800 euros


Register Online

Deadline: 2/27/2018

Speaker Profiles

Alexander De Croo (Speaker)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services

Alexander De Croo is Deputy Prime Minister for Open VLD and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services in the Michel I Government.

As Minister of Development Cooperation, he focuses on strengthening human rights and promoting local economic growth in the partner countries.

The Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services portfolio focuses on the maximisation of the economic potential of the digital economy.

Duco Sickhinge (Speaker)
Managing Partner, Fortino Capital

Duco Sickinghe founded Fortino Capital in December 2013 and has overseen Fortino's growth to a recognized technology VC firm. Duco is an expert in assessing management and evaluating business strategies. He mainly focuses on the leadership and operational next steps past closing.

His expertise covers General Management, Strategy, Marketing, Business & Product Development, Innovation, Corporate Governance and Culture.

Current positions:

Chairman of the Board, KPN (The Hague)
Senior Industry Advisor, CVC Capital (Brussels, London)
Chairman of the Board, van Eeghen Group (Amsterdam)
Member of the Board, Guberna (Brussels)
Member of the Board, Unibreda (Antwerpen)
Member of the Board, Vlerick (Gent)


CEO & Member of the Board, Telenet
General Manager, Kluwer Legal & Tax Publishing
Founder & CEO, Software Direct
VP Marketing & General Manager France, NeXT Computer
European Product & Channel Manager, Hewlett-Packard

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Columbia University
Master of Laws (LLM), Civil and Commercial Law, Utrecht University

Vahé Torossian, '10 (EXP - 15) (Speaker)
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation & President Microsoft Western Europe, Microsoft

As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft in Western Europe, Vahé's mission is to help public entities, private companies, partners and individuals get the most from the current digital revolution trend and from Microsoft innovation. He is deeply convinced that technology can empower us to achieve more and do more when used with an ethical, inclusive and secure mindset.

With 25 years' experience running multiple lines of business, in Americas, Europe and Asia, in mature and emerging markets, from consumer, retail, OEM, Enterprise, SMB & public sector, he offers three decades of high-tech management and cultural transformation capability, specifically building high performing leadership teams, strategic partnerships and sustainable growth.

"My heart is also set on developing the subsidiary's inclusive and collaborative culture, on stepping up our societal contribution to young people, and on advancing digital technology that people trust."

He is a graduate of ISG in Paris, INSEAD & holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Vahé is also proud to be executive sponsor of Microsoft's diversity & inclusion & co-chair of Microsoft Corporation gender diversity Leadership board, & member of the board of directors of the French as well as Pacific Northwest French American Chambers of Commerce.


Yves Van Hooland, ’94