Top diplomat Jan Grauls joins EY as senior advisor

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Brussels, 22 March 2013. EY announced today that top diplomat Jan Grauls will be joining EY Belgium. Jan Grauls has been the Permanent Representative for Belgium at the United Nations in New York since June 2008, and enjoyed a rich diplomatic career. He worked successively in Bonn, Tunis, Brussels, London and Washington D.C. From April, Jan Grauls will be Senior Advisor at EY. His unique knowledge, network and experience will be put to use among others in international assignments, European projects and economic missions. He will also be using his rich international experience to advise clients and the EY top management.

Rudi Braes, Managing Partner EY Belgium: “We of course are proud that a top diplomat such as Jan Grauls is joining EY. He has a reputation as an honorable and professional person, and is bringing with him a wealth of experience. The arrival of Jan Grauls is a unique strength for our organization, both with respect to Belgium and internationally. His wide-ranging, international expertise and network offers our people and our clients added value and unique perspectives.”

Jan Grauls: “I am honored that EY asked me to join its organization. I hope to put my knowledge of the international and European scene, and my experience with the relevant decision-making processes, at the service of EY, a company with a global anchoring. I also look forward to sharing with EY and its clients my many years of practical experience promoting our economic interests abroad.

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Bio Jan Grauls

Baron Jan Grauls (12 February 1948) has been Belgium's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since 4 June 2008. He attended Sint-Jan Berchmans College in Brussels, and went on to study law at the University of Antwerp and the KU Leuven. He entered the diplomatic service on 1 February 1973. He worked successively in Bonn, Tunis, Brussels (with the permanent representation for the European Union), London and Washington D.C.).

From 1988 to 1991, he was diplomatic advisor in the cabinet of Prime Minister Martens. From 1994 to 1997, he worked for the Belgian Royal Court as Deputy Chef de Cabinet of the King and Diplomatic Advisor to Prince Philippe. From 1997 to 2001, he was Director-General for Bilateral and Economic Relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001 to 2002, he was Chef de Cabinet to Louis Michel, Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2002 to 2008, he was President of the Executive Committee of the ministry of foreign affairs.

On 30 April, he was appointed as Belgium's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a position he assumed on 4 June 2008. In 2008, he also represented Belgium in the Security Council and was President of the UN Security Council in August 2008.

He is married and has four children: three daughters and a son.


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