CURRICULUM VITAE
 
      
FRANCOIS-XAVIER DE DONNEA        


BORN in Edegem , Belgium, on April 29, 1941.

NATIONALITY : Belgian.

MARRIED to Yolaine de Villegas, Belgian citizen

UNIVERSITY DEGREES.

Bachelor of Economics and of Applied Economics (U. of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

MBA (U. of California, Berkeley).

Ph.D. in Economics (Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN.

French, Dutch, English, Spanish; passive knowledge of German.

PRESENT FUNCTIONS AND ACTIVITIES.

Minister of State (Member of the Crown Council);

Member Honorary of the Belgian House of Representatives;

Honorary Senator

President of the Sahel and West Africa Club (OCDE); www.oecd.org/SWAC;

Member of the Board of the MEDEA Institute (Research Institute on Euro-Arab Dialogue), www.medeainstitute.org;

Member of the Board of the Royal Institute for International Relations - Egmont (Belgium);

Member of the Strategic Council of the "Université Saint Joseph", Beyrouth, Lebanon;

Member of the Board of the Virunga Foundation (UK ), and of Virunga Fund (US), www.virunga.org

Managing Director of Virunga SPRL (Belgium) and of Virunga S.A.R.L. (DR Congo)

Chairman of the African Parks Congo asbl (DR of Congo)

Professor Emeritus of the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Member of the board of Ogeo Fund (IRP).

PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Professor at the University of Louvain- Economics and Public Management (1971-1997)

Member of the Belgian Parliament (1981-1989; 1991-2000; 2003-2014).

Member of the European Parliament 1989-1991.

Secretary of State for Development Cooperation (1983-1985).

Minister of Defense (1985-1988).

Mayor of the City of Brussels (1995-2000).

Minister-President of the Brussels- Capital Region, also in charge of Scientific Research (2000-2003).

President of the EU Council of Ministers on Research during the Belgian Presidency of July-December 2001.