Bruno Wattenbergh joins EY Belgium

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Brussels, 31 January 2017 – As of 1 February, Bruno Wattenbergh will join EY Belgium as Senior Advisor. His arrival brings important added value for both clients and employees of EY as Bruno Wattenbergh is an expert with a highly varied career, notably featuring many initiatives to support and stimulate entrepreneurship. Bruno Wattenbergh is also a media personality in French-speaking Belgium, well known for his daily economics capsule broadcast on Bel RTL.

Bruno Wattenbergh is an expert in entrepreneurship and SMEs. Until the end of December, he was the Director of Operations at impulse.brussels, formerly Agence Bruxelloise pour l’Entreprise, which he founded in 2003. As head of this public agency for nearly fifteen years, Bruno Wattenbergh set up many initiatives and projects to support and assist entrepreneurs in the Brussels Region.

Highly dynamic and versatile, Bruno Wattenbergh has made a reputation for himself as "Mr Entrepreneurship" in Brussels. At impulse.brussels, of course, but also as a professor in business strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, and as an acknowledged economic observer in the media. Between 2011 and 2013, he co-founded and co-hosted the show "Starter" on RTBF, a reality show on entrepreneurship. He has also been the host of a daily breakfast economics capsule on Bel RTL for several years.

Bruno Wattenbergh graduated from ICHEC and the ULB, where he studied labour sciences. In recent years, he has attended further study programmes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program).

"As Senior Advisor, Bruno will bring to EY his experience and expertise in strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship and start-ups, in both the private and public sectors. He will also bring substantial added value to EY in Brussels and Wallonia, although his scope of action will obviously not be restricted to these two regions," said Rudi Braes, CEO and President of EY Belgium.

"After 15 years in the public sector, I am looking forward to a new challenge in the private sector. What convinced me to take this step is that, like me, the people of EY are fired with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a crucial point for me, because I am convinced that these are two vital factors in enabling Belgian companies to stay competitive," explains Bruno Wattenbergh.