Economic Outlook Dinner 2020 in Brussels

The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Belgium

March 26, 2020: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Join us for the annual flagship event in Brussels: Economic Outlook Dinner 2020.


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

Event Details

This year, we are delighted to confirm guest speakers at the Economic Outlook Dinner 2020.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bart De Smet, CEO of Ageas
  • Randall S. Kroszner, Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth
  • Ingrid Tierens, MBA'95 and PhD'96 Managing Director at Goldman Sachs 

18:30 Welcome reception
19:15 Dinner, speakers & panel discussion
21:55 walking dessert & open bar

We look forward to seeing you soon at this special event.


85€ for paying member UofC alumni club
110€ for non-member
680€ for a table of 8
850€ for a table of 10

Payment on club account:
BE 52 2100 5555 7309
Refrence: EOD 2019 – Name – function – company

Speaker Profiles

Bart De Smet (Speaker)
CEO, Ageas

Bart De Smet began his career with Argenta in 1982. From 1985 to 1993, he served as Executive Vice President of the Life division at the Belgian subsidiary of the Swiss insurance company Nationale Suisse.

In 1994, he joined ING Insurance Belgium, where he was a member of the ExCo, responsible for individual and group life insurance, health insurance & banking activities. Bart De Smet moved to Fortis in 1998, where he was a member of the management committee of Fortis AG and responsible for Fortis Employee Benefits.

In 2005, he took charge of the Broker Channel at Fortis Insurance Belgium, assuming the position of CEO of Fortis Insurance Belgium in 2007. In June 2009 he became CEO of Fortis, which was renamed Ageas following the AGM in April 2010.

Bart De Smet earned a degree in mathematical sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (KULeuven), but also has diplomas in Actuarial Sciences (KULeuven)and Managerial Sciences (KULeuven).

Randall S. Kroszner (Speaker)
Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Dr. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure, including rules related to home mortgages and credit cards. He represented the Federal Reserve Board on the Financial Stability Forum (now called the Financial Stability Board), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Central Bank Governors of the American Continent and was a director of NeighborWorks America. Dr. Kroszner chaired the working party of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), composed of deputy central bank governors and finance ministers, on Policies for the Promotion of Better International Payments Equilibrium. As a member of the Fed Board, he was also a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee.

From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Kroszner was a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He was involved in formulating policy on a wide range of issues, including responses to corporate governance scandals, government-sponsored enterprise reform, pension reform, terrorism risk insurance, tax reform, currency crisis management, sovereign debt restructuring, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and international trade and development.

Since 1990, Dr. Kroszner has taught at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Kroszner was Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. He served as editor of the Journal of Law & Economics and has been associate editor of a number of other academic and policy journals. He was a member of the board of directors at the National Association for Business Economics and the Financial Management Association. Dr. Kroszner also was a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor. He is currently a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Kroszner serves as the Chair of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the Office of Financial Research of the U.S. Treasury. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Academic Advisory Council and of the board of advisors of the Paulson Institute. He is member of the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the board of directors of the Renaissance Society.

Dr. Kroszner has been a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IMF, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Stockholm University, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, the London School of Economics, and the American Enterprise Institute. He was the John M. Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School the Bertil Danielson Visiting Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the SK Chaired Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

His research interests include regulation of financial institutions, international financial crises, the Great Depression, monetary economics, corporate governance, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, and political economy. His paper on managerial stock ownership (with Clifford Holderness and Dennis Sheehan) won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance. His book co-authored with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (MIT Press) appeared on the Washington Post's Book World political best sellers list.

Dr. Kroszner is a frequent commentator in the international media. He provides advice to financial institutions, government organizations, and central banks throughout the world.

Dr. Kroszner received a Sc.B. (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics-economics (honors) from Brown University in 1984 and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990), both in economics, from Harvard University.

Ingrid Tierens, MBA'95 and PhD'96 (Speaker)
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Ingrid Tierens heads the Data Strategy team in the Global Investment Research (GIR) Division at Goldman Sachs. Her team contributes to clients' investment processes through quantitative analysis and systematic solutions, and collaborates with GIR research teams to embed alternative data sources in their research. She was previously head of the Equities Execution Services Strats Group, the Electronic Trading Strats Group and the Sales Strats Group across Equity Derivatives and Global Securities Services. Before joining Goldman in 2002, she held positions at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and JP Morgan Investment Management in London.

Ingrid earned a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago. She is a CFA charterholder, and past president and board member of the Society of Quantitative Analysts in New York.


Yves Van Hooland, '94