ASEM Senior Official

Bertrand de CROMBRUGGHE

ASEM Senior Official for Belgium and Head of the ASEM 8 Task Force, Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe was born on 3 October 1955, is married and has three children.

Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe, who has a Degree in Law (Catholic University of Leuven) and International Relations (John Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington D.C.), was a practicing lawyer at the Brussels Bar during four years before joining the Belgian diplomatic service in 1986.

During the first part of his diplomatic career, Ambassador Bertrand de Crombrugghe was assigned to the Embassies of Belgium in Tunis and in Washington and to the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union. He later worked as Advisor to the Director General for Bilateral Relations and Multilateral Trade Negotiations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Cabinet of Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Louis Michel.

In 2003 Ambassador de Crombrugghe became Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OSCE in Vienna, where he took charge of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office of Belgium through the year 2006. He became Ambassador of Belgium in Moscow in 2008. He has been ASEM Senior Official since June 2009.