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Europe – Asia Center

Press release: Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, former Ambassador of Belgium to the EU, NATO and the UN joins the board of Europe-Asia Center


Brussels – September 26th, 2023


The Brussels based Europe-Asia Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Belgian diplomat Ambassador Jean De Ruyt – former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union and currently a Senior Advisor for the law firm Covington in Brussels, a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Egmont Institute.


I am honoured to be joining the board of the Europe-Asia Center to contribute to the Europe-Asia dialogue that is so important in today’s world. Having been witness to an ever-changing global landscape, it is my great pleasure to be invited to offer insight, so we may learn from the past and so understand better the opportunities of the near future,” said Ambassador Jean De Ruyt.


It is a great pleasure to have Ambassador Jean De Ruyt join the Europe – Asia Center, as he brings with him a wealth of geopolitical and European knowledge and an extensive diplomatic network. I have had the privilege of knowing Ambassador De Ruyt for many years as a brilliant colleague and loyal friend. His presence and expertise will undoubtedly contribute significantly to the work we do here, strengthening the Europe Asia relations. We warmly welcome Ambassador De Ruyt and look forward to the valuable contribution he will make,” said Ambassador (ret.) Piet Steel, Chairman of the Europe-Asia Center.


As a board member of the Europe-Asia Center, Ambassador Jean de Ruyt will contribute to the strategic development and practice of the Europe-Asia Center through his extensive experience and knowledge of the European organizations. Having served as the Permanent Representative to the UN in New York at the time of 9/11 and Ambassador to NATO, Jean De Ruyt brings to the Center invaluable knowledge and a deep understanding of the current geopolitical climate. Together with his skills as a political analyst and skilled strategist, the Center will be in a position to navigate the increasingly complex world of EU-Asian relations.


About the Europe-Asia Center


The Europe-Asia Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization promoting Asia-Europe relations by connecting professionals, institutions, organizations and networks across all sectors. Through implementation of projects, including conferences, workshops, cultural events, publications, educational and research programs, the mission of the Europe- Asia Center is to connect people and knowledge across continents.


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Matic Gajšek, Director for Europe, Europe – Asia Center

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