BeLuxCham 2024 Annual General Meeting Recap

BeluxCham Vietnam held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Baron Bier (80 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1), attended by esteemed guests including H.E. Mr. Karl VAN DEN BOSSCHE – Ambassador of Belgium in Vietnam, and Mr. Jean-Pierre Muller – Trade and Investment Counsellor for the Wallonia Region (AWEX). The meeting comprised a general assembly followed by a networking session.

Mr. Bart Verheyen, the Chairman of BeluxCham, and Kim Francois, Executive Director, delivered insights into the achievements of 2023 and outlined forthcoming events for 2024, along with presenting the financial report for 2023 and the budget proposal for 2024. Subsequently, new board members were elected under the supervision of Mrs. Evelyne Kestelyn, the Secretary-General.

The newly appointed board members for the upcoming term are as follows:

🌟 Chairman: Bart Verheyen

🌟 Vice-chair HCMC: Guy Balza

🌟 Vice-chair HN: Ludo Drijbooms

🌟 Eurocham delegate: Michel Bertsch

🌟 Secretary-General: Evelyne Kestelyn

🌟 Treasurer: Laurenz Mestdagh

🌟 Board Member: Kim Francois

🌟 Board Member: Dirk Boydens

🌟 Board Member: Koen Soenens

🌟 Board Member: Mimi Vu

🌟 Board Member: Tran Nhung

🌟 Board Member: Yukie Binh Dam

🌟 Board Member: Roger Chantillon

The AGM also served as an introduction of Victor Dulait, the newly appointed Executive Director of BeLuxCham. Victor brings extensive experience in trade and business development from both Europe and Asia, having previously served with and Enterprise Singapore. Concurrently, the departure of Kim as Executive Director was acknowledged, with gratitude extended for her contributions in making the 20th-anniversary celebration of BeLuxCham a resounding success. Kim will continue to serve as a Board Member of BeLuxCham.

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Boydens Vietnam Part of Sweco

Since 1961, Boydens Engineering has been active as technical engineering designers and consultants for construction projects from small to large scale buildings, within the public and private sectors.

We have become one of Belgium’s leading independent engineering firms for technical equipment in the construction industry. With over 150 specialists from our various offices in Belgium, Luxembourg, Vietnam and Singapore (Representative Office). We work in close collaboration with key technical experts to form a team focused upon open and efficient communication. This in turn enables the exchange of ideas across the skill sectors, resulting in design solutions of quality, function, value, comfort and distinction in accordance to the highest global standards.

Their Services:

MEPF engineering + Structural engineering

Is responsible for the full design of the techinal systems of the buildings as well as close follow-up on the installation and operation. We offer MEPF design solutions that:

– Optimise the initial investments

– Minimise the operational cost

– Enhance “glocalization” – combining global expertise with local knowledge and experience

– Improve user comfort

– Closely follow-up technical installations during and after construction

– Are recognized as environmentally friendly

  • Mechanical Design

architectural lighting consultancy

  • The aesthetic
  • The comfort
  • The energy efficiency

sustainable engineering consulting

Our consulting department offers specialised studies and guidance related to sustainability and building physics for buildings and masterplans. These include feasibility studies and various building physics simulations as well as studies on:

  • Sustainable Service
  • Visual comfort: daylight simulations, …
  • Thermal comfort
  • Sustainability/Green building certification: EPBD, BREEAM, WELL, …

research & development

Involvement and cooperation in scientific research is of utmost importance in determining the best energy efficient solutions for buildings. Research participation must aim for realistic, reusable and financially viable technologies. Together with various universities and agencies we are involved in national and international research programs, supporting the company’s priority of integrating new research and innovations with the necessary essential follow up for our projects. Once these innovations are implemented we continue to collect performance data. We participate in scientific research when it is in line with our vision and mission, both in content and concept.

  • Smart city approach
  • Thermal grids
  • Geothermal applications

other services

  • Architectural lighting design
  • BIM
  • Data room
  • Connectivity
  • Security
  • Swimming pools
  • Vertical & horizontal transport
  • Communication
  • Medical Gas Transport
  • Industrial kitchen
  • Theatre techniques
  • Commissioning

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John Cockerill

Driven since 1817 by the entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for innovation of its founder, the John Cockerill Group develops large-scale technological solutions to meet the needs of its time: facilitating access to fossil free energies, enabling sustainable industrial production, preserving natural resources, contributing to greener mobility, enhancing security and installing critical infrastructures.

Its offer to companies, States and communities consists of services and associated equipment for the sectors of energy, defence, industry, the environment, transports, and infrastructures.

With over 6,000 employees, John Cockerill achieved a turnover of € 1,046 billion in 2022 in 24 countries, on 5 continents.

Worthy heirs to the expertise of their founder, the teams of John Cockerill Services assist industrialists and public infrastructure managers in the mounting, operational management, maintenance and modernization of their installations. Thanks to specialized interventions – scheduled or not – and local services to improve the technical, economic and environmental performance of their equipment.

Thanks to a very broad and technological offering, John Cockerill Services serves a large number of industries: chemicals, steelmaking, petro-chemicals, railways, ports, inland waterways, cement, mines and quarries, the production of conventional, renewable and nuclear energy…

John Cockerill Services also designs and supplies certain pieces of new industrial equipment, components and sub-assemblies (shunting locomotives, gearboxes, reducers, butterfly valves, diesel engines…) along with spare parts.

John Cockerill Services has the support of an interconnected network of local intervention units, along with specialized workshops and engineering offices. It has installations in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Brazil, New Caledonia and Africa. It operates on an ad hoc basis in the Middle East.

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Ahlers Logistics

Ahlers Logistics has been helping clients with one common goal; finding the best solutions that fit our customers’ profile perfectly.  We enable our customers to stay focused on their core business by creating and managing innovative solutions which add value and solve their supply chain challenges in complex environment. 


Founded in 1909 in the Port of Antwerp, Ahlers Logistics operates in 3 regions (Europe, CIS, Asia) helping customers to drive future growth in complex markets, Ahlers Logistics is a family-owned company, 3rd generation Ahlers-Leysen, headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, supported by a worldwide partner network and offices in key locations.

Originally, Ahlers Logistics started as agency operations. Bureau Maritime H.D opened in Antwerp and became one of Antwerp’s leading shipping agencies in the 1930s. In 1952 Mr. André Leysen, son-in-law of Herwig Ahlers joined Ahlers and became chairman in 1963. In the sixties and seventies, Ahlers Logistics transformed from an agency to ship management. They acquired two ice-class ships for the liner service to Finland. Ahlers also entered the liner trade to the USSR (via Latvian ports) and Sweden. Ship management activities were developed for a fleet of reefer ships and bulk carriers ordered at Belgian yards. From the eighties until today, Ahlers Logistics continued to extend their international footprint across Europe, the CIS and Asia.

For more than 110 years Ahlers has been helping customers all over the world. Ahlers is part of the AXE Group which also includes Xylos (an ICT service provider), AXE Investments (an investment company), and Agidens (automatization projects). Consolidated accounts of Ahlers’ parent company Anacom bvba are available on request. Anacom bvba is a holding company controlled by Christian Leysen, Executive Chairman.

We provide state-of-the-art logistics support in sustainable supply chain management, warehousing, projects, and machinery logistics, secured transport, trade logistics, after-sales services, and data analytics.

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D&I Seminar: Redrawing the Balance! 

On the afternoon of April 27th, 2024 BeLuxCham, HAWEE HCMC Business Women Association, NordCham Vietnam and Women In Business SC of EuroCham Vietnam gathered 80 participants to discuss and put a spotlight on the importance of D&I.
The event started with an opening welcome by co-chair of WIB SC EuroCham Zaida de Jager, followed by the first keynote speech of Grant Thornton Vietnam on the latest numbers on female empowerment globally and in Vietnam and the 3 ways of the road to parity. The first panel discussed the different aspects of D&I across industries. Highlighting the challenges of recruitment, mobility and policies regarding respect in the workplace in its broader meaning, as well as how to go from diversity as a first step to inclusion through different pathways.

The second part of the seminar focused on the future strategy, kicked off by Mimi Vu from Raise Partners on the impactful speech on Vietnamese culture, the behaviour and expectations towards women, as well as the impact of D&I on the economic growth in Vietnam. The second panel continued this discussion, highlighting the experience from the educational, banking, media and tech point of view and the consequences this brings into Vietnamese society and what still needs to be enabled.
The event was closed by an impactful speech of H.E. Mr. Karl Van den Bossche, Ambassador of Belgium to Vietnam, on the policies of D&I in Belgium, and Europe, linking it with the current status of Vietnam, and the road that has been walked until today and what are the takeaways from this.

We inspired people to hashtag#walkthetalk, spread the word and put more focus on D&I and the next steps still to come.

A big thank you to our partners and sponsors for enabling this event!
HDBank Conservation Vietnam Grant Thornton Vietnam Allianz Partners MEDiCARE VIETNAM Hilton Hotels & Resorts

hashtag#strongertogether hashtag#Diversity hashtag#diversityandinclusion hashtag#womenleadership hashtag#ESG

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