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Inspiring Belgium: How can Belgian companies contribute to a more sustainable future?

May 27, 2021, 11 am to noon CET

If we take decisive action now, the European Union can reduce emissions 55 percent by 2030 and can reach net-zero emissions by 2050, according to research from the McKinsey Global Institute. Those numbers raise a lot of questions, the first being, “How?”

The Questions

How does Belgium achieve a zero-carbon future? How will we finance the costs of this transition? What quick wins can Belgian organizations realize to fuel momentum? What do our leaders need to do? How can you and I contribute to change?

Inspiring Belgium

This one-hour session brings together Belgian leaders and experts on digital, including: Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus; Charlotte Gréant, general manager of Startups.be ǀ Scale-Ups.eu; Rik Van de Walle, rector of Ghent University; and Ruben Schaubroeck, senior partner at McKinsey & Company. Luc Blyaert will moderate the session.

Chris and Max each take ten minutes to frame the opportunity in visionary keynotes. Nicolas will add context based on the latest research about sustainability. The session culminates in a panel debate between the experts, which will be moderated by Hanne.

Want to gain a fresh perspective on Belgium’s sustainable future? Join the live session on May 27.

Sustainability Presenters 

Chris Peeters

Chris peeters
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Chris Peeters became CEO of Elia Group in 2015. Through its subsidiaries Elia (in Belgium) and 50Hertz (in Germany), the Group operates 19,276 km of high-voltage connections and supplies 30 million end users with electricity. It also provides consultancy services via its third subsidiary, Elia Grid International. Since joining Elia Group, Chris has led regulatory and political negotiations for the creation of an offshore grid development and operation framework; led an internal transformation programme to prepare the group for new digital challenges and make it a key energy player in Europe; and secured a capital increase of more than €430 million.

Before joining Elia Group, Chris ran the business consulting activities of Schlumberger in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at McKinsey, seven of which were as a partner, specializing in the energy sector. In the first ten years of his career, he launched an engineering firm and manufacturing company, before joining Hoogovens Aluminium as a sales and technical manager for part of Europe. Chris holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium and speaks four languages. He has a wife and four children with whom he would like to discover the world. 

Max Jadot

Max Jadot
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Max Jadot has been the CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis since March 1, 2011, as well as chairman of the Executive Board. Between June 2009 and February 2011, he was a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Fortis, in charge of Corporate & Public Bank, Belgium. Prior to that, he had different functions in the retail bank in Belgium and later in France he was président du directoire and country manager of Fortis France. He earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis University – Brussels in 1977, a master’s in law from KU Leuven in 1980, and a master’s in comparative law from Georgetown University Washington DC (USA) in 1981.

Max is convinced that the banking sector plays an essential role in financing the transition toward a more sustainable and inclusive economy. His conviction is reflected in the strong market leadership of BNP Paribas Fortis; the cocreation of its leading microfinance institution, microStart; a dedicated financing of social entrepreneurs; socially responsible investments; and specific sustainability-linked products for private individuals and companies—in particular for energy efficient housing, carbon reduction, circular economy, and sustainable investment products.

Nicolas Denis

Nicolas-Denis
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Nicolas Denis is a partner in McKinsey’s Brussels office, where he supports clients in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, land use, and biotech, and also works on topics involving biofuels, biochemicals, and bioenergy.

In addition, Nicolas advises on sustainable economic development, agriculture, and food security, especially in developing and emerging countries. He works on these issues globally, but with a special focus on the Middle East and North and East Africa. Within McKinsey, Nicolas is a leader of our Sustainability Practice and our Social Sector Practice.

Outside his client work, Nicolas continues to be active in research in his field and is a regular speaker at conferences. He is also the author of a number of articles. He holds master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Stanford University and in mechanical engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain.

Hanne Decoutere

Hanne-Decoutere
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Hanne Decoutere is a journalist and anchorwoman for the VRT in Belgium, a role for which she covers a wide range of societally relevant topics. Hanne is a very charismatic presenter and moderator with a particular interest in France. She holds degrees in law and cultural studies and has a soft spot for ballet.