high level dialogue for a globalised world


Since its foundation AECA (the American European Community Association) has become increasingly recognised as a leading international forum for informed dialogue and as a high quality network for the international business, political and diplomatic communities. AECA greatly benefits from the prestige and support of the distinguished members of both the Board of Directors and newly formed International Advisory Council . This endorsement has been of key importance in the interface between the association and its members, and the international business and policy-making communities. Members of the International Advisory Council are of different nationalities and bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise from their varied backgrounds as senior leaders in the business and policy-making arenas.  

Board of directors

Leonard H. Schrank Chairman of the Board  
Baron Luc Bertrand Chairman of the Board, Ackermans & van Haaren
H.S.H. Prince Henri d’Arenberg Founder and Chairman, be.Source, a private foundation under Belgian law
Kristof Doms Vice President Fiscal Affairs, International Trade & ITSP, Philip Morris International
Eva Grut-Aandahl Vice-President International Policy & Head of Pfizer’s EU European Government Affairs
John Largent Former AECA Chairman
Burkhard Ober Head of Public Policy, Allianz SE  
Yves Tavernier Lawyer, Yves Tavernier Lawyers
Baron Frans van Daele Minister of State, Former Head of Cabinet to His Majesty the King of Belgium


Count Etienne Davignon, Chairman Minister of State, Chairman of Brussels Airlines
Count Herman van Rompuy, Vice–Chairman Minister of State, President Emeritus, European Council, President, European Policy Centre
Dirk Beeuwsaert Vice Chairman, AMEA Power
Baron Jean-Pierre Berghmans Chairman, Lhoist Group
Amaury de Seze Vice Chairman, Power Corporation, Canada
Jacques de Vaucleroy Vice-Chairman, Ahold Delhaize
Luc Frieden Chairman BIL, (Banque Internationale à Luxembourg)
H.E. Anthony L. Gardner Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
Baron Jan Grauls Honorary Ambassador, Senior Advisor, Ernst & Young, Belgium
Baron Jan Huyghebaert Chairman, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition
H.E. William E. Kennard Former U.S. Ambassador to the EU Chairman & Co- Founder, Velocitas Partners, LLC
Neelie Kroes Former Vice President & Commissioner for Competition Policy and Digital Agenda, European Commission
Thomas Leysen Chairman of the Board, KBC Group
Deborah P. Majoras Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Procter & Gamble
Prof.Dr. Mario Monti President, Bocconi University Milan
Frank Meysman Chairman, Thomas Cook Group plc
Count. Jacques Rogge Honorary President, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Sir Martin Sorrell Executive Chairman, S4Capital
JoAnn C. Stonier Executive Vice President, Chief Information Governance & Privacy Officer, MasterCard Worldwide
Anton van Rossum Chairman Supervisory Board Royal Vopak NV, the Rotterdam School of Management and the Netherlands Economic Institute