The Federation of International Associations in Belgium (FAIB) and the Association Leadership Academy are delighted to invite you to a jointly hosted info-debate on “Brexit for Associations”.
The aim of this second event focused on associations and Brexit is to provide a forum for an exchange of information from three diverse, but directly relevant, perspectives: political, organisational and commercial.
These perspectives, addressed respectively by our expert speakers, will provide insight into the uncertain times ahead. This is new territory for all actors, associations included. Yet, it presents real opportunities for influencing the outcome and, associations that are informed, representative and with an EU-wide presence stand to gain.
In any event, an argument about the immediate impact of the vote misses the point. In truth, it will be a long and tortuous road with costs, economic and political, reaching well into coming decades. “Wait and see” is not an option though, and the listening and learning phase for association leaders continues here.
Secretary General of the European Issuers Association, Brussels
Florence brings new energy and vision to EuropeanIssuers and is a Board Member of The Federation of International Associations in Belgium (FAIB). She leads the Brussels team with strategic and operational know-how from her work at the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), where she was responsible for the management of relations with the European Commission and other European organisations, as well as communication and the organisation of events. Previously, she also worked in the Brussels office of Mapfre Re on liability portfolio management and treaty analysis.
She holds a degree in law, an executive MBA and a post-graduate degree in law and economics as well as a certificate in risk management. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and English and good Dutch.
Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
As Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium since 2008, Glenn has focused on driving value-added for member companies. As a result, the chamber has grown consistently to become a leading network for international business, and multiple award winner. He works with major international companies and senior decision makers on policies affecting the environment for business, as well as helping to grow British-Belgian-European business, trade and investment.
During 20 years’ experience in Brussels, Glenn has advised regional development agencies, scientific organizations and businesses on EU policy and funding. He was part of the small Brussels team that successfully lobbied for €2bn EU funding for Wales and was later MD of the Brussels-based Welsh representation until 2005.
Director General of the European Commission’s Task Force on the British Referendum on EU membership
Born in the UK in 1954, Jonathan Faull joined the European Commission in 1978, after law studies at the University of Sussex and the College of Europe (Bruges). He is currently Director General of the European Commission’s Task Force on the British referendum on EU membership. He spent most of his early Commission career in the Directorate General of Competition, working his way up from the starting grade to become Deputy Director General. From 1989 to 1992 he worked in the cabinet (private office) of the competition Commissioner (Leon Brittan). From 1999 to 2003 he was the Commission’s chief press spokesman and Director General of Press and Communication; from 2003 to 2010 Director General of Justice and Home Affairs and from 2010 to 2015 Director General of Internal Market and Services and then of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.
He is the author of many articles on European law and policy and co-editor of a leading work on European Competition Law, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Emeritus Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Visiting Fellow at the Policy Institute at King’s, King’s College and a Member of the Research Council of the European University Institute.
When: Tuesday 18 October, from 1200 to 1400, light lunch included
Where: The Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels
This event is free of charge. To register or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Dr. Rachel Barlow, Adviser
Rachel leads on executive search assignments for associations and NGOs. As a former Vice President of Kellen Europe, Rachel’s 20 year career has centred on the optimal interest representation of complex organisations towards decision making authorities.
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