Geopolitical Lectures Series

Category: Alumni Events

The Vlerick Business School Alumni present you its 2019/2020 Geopolitical Lectures Series. This series consists of 11 evening lectures given by top-level speakers and experts in the domain of high-level political power-relationships across the world. Discover valuable insights into key geopolitical issues that will take you around the world, from Flanders, to Russia, Iran, India and Africa.



13 February 2020
Extremisme en Geopolitiek
By Rudi Vranckx, historicus, auteur en conflictjournalist voor VRT NWS

Rudi Vranckx zal met ons zijn inzichten delen over hoe in de afgelopen 30 jaar conflicten ontstonden en uitbreidden. Tijdens deze sessie gaat hij op zoek naar de ware toedracht van de conflicten maar ook naar de kleine verhalen van gewone mensen in de grote geschiedenis. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: Dutch


24 February 2020
An unconventional view of the Global Crisis
By Christian Ghymers, independent consultant

In this Geopolitical Lectures Series-session Christian Ghymers will give us his unconventional view of the global crisis, its systemic nature and possible solutions. This lecture will develop an “out-of-the-box” but rational approach of the global crisis, followed by a lively debate with the participants. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English


9 March 2020
The Key Geopolitical Issues of India
By Bala Ganessane, CEO of BMG

Bala Ganessane will take you on a trip to India. After a general introduction of the country, Bala will focus on understanding India’s Sphere-of-Influence, investigate the relationship between Europe and India and explore the business opportunities in India for Belgian/European companies. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English


7 April 2020
Supply Chain as lever for Competitiveness in Africa
By Jean-Gervais Yoyo Moutome, engineer and training consultant

Jean-Gervais Yoyo Moutome will show you in this Geopolitical Lectures Series how a good and pragmatic understanding of the local supply chain can bring competitive advantage in Africa. This presentation discusses the key specifications of Triple A Supply Chain and brings a specific case study on Cameroon. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English


23 April 2020
The Geopolitics of Nuclear Power
By Prof Ronny Belmans, vice-president of the KU Leuven Energy Institute, co-founder and CEO of EnergyVille, chairmain of the VREG and honorary chairman of ELIA

Which countries need nuclear power, now and in future? Which nations can fulfil this need by building, operating and even financing nuclear power plants abroad? How does this influence global politics and our economy? In this session professor Ronny Belmans will share his insights on the geopolitics of nuclear power. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English


8 June 2020
Russia, geopolitics and political risks. And why it matters for your business.
By Otilia Dhand, Senior Vice President at Teneo

In this session, Otilia Dhand will give us insights in the foreign policy of Russia and its origins. She will share some tricks of political risk forecasting to help you gauge what's coming for your business when doing business in Russia. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English 


10 September 2020
China 2050. Practical issues with doing Business in China
By Guy Verruy, independent consultant

China is becoming the first economy in the world. How does it evolve and what can we expect? A testimony by Guy Verrue, who was frequently present in China for more than 15 years. Getting things done: from setting up plants and getting things running, to doing business on the local market. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English 


26 October 2020
Geopolitics of Financial Markets
By Christian Van Den Heede, Senior Wealth Manager & Portfolio Manager at Fuchs Finance Luxembourg

Worldwide geopolitical events are at everyone’s fingertips at any given moment in this digital world. Just like the financial markets are. How do the latter cope with the main themes in geopolitics? Does one have to consider geopolitical issues while taking investment decisions? This lecture will provide you opportune insights by demonstrating some fine cases. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: English


9 November 2020
Geopolitics: the issues with Nuclear Weapons
By Tom Sauer, Associate Professor in International Politics at the Universiteit Antwerpen

Het is van 1953 geleden dat de Doomsday Clock zo dicht bij 12 uur staat: twee minuten voor twaalf. Tom Sauer legt in deze sessie uit welke richting de kernwapenproblematiek uitgaat anno 2020.
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Location: Vlerick Campus Brussels | Language: Dutch

Date TBC (2020)
De Tweede Vervreemding: het tijdperk van de wereldwijde samenwerking
By Michael Vlerick, wetenschapsfilosoof en docent aan de universiteit van Tilburg 

Tijdens de eerste sessie van onze Geopolitical Lectures Series stelt wetenschapsfilosoof Michael Vlerick zijn boek "De Tweede Vervreemding: het tijdperk van de wereldwijde samenwerking" voor. Hij brengt een pleidooi voor een wereldwijd samenwerkingsmodel waarin burgers het écht voor het zeggen hebben. 
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Location: Vlerick Campus Ghent | Language: Dutch


Date TBC (2020)
Vision of Flemish Coffee Entrepreneurs in the Specialty Market
By Rob Berghmans, CEO of Caffenation & Cory Bush, CEO of 32cup Coffee Merchants

The world of coffee is continuously changing. In this second event in our Geopoliticial Lectures Series, two CEO's of renowned coffee companies - Rob Berghmans (Caffenation) and Cory Bush (32cup Coffee Merchants) -, will share their view on the global coffee trade. 
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Location: PAKT Antwerp | Language: English


Participant type Single ticket price  Price for the series 
(Paying) Alumni members € 65 € 429
Non-paying alumni € 195 € 1.287
Current students € 65 € 429
Third parties € 195 € 1.287
Vlerick staff € 130 € 858
If you register before 15 September 2019 you get the book “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" by Graham Allison for free.


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