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Guiding Change: Building Trust & Navigating Populism

Mon. May 27, 6:30PM

Guiding Change: Building Trust & Navigating Populism

Can leaders reshape public faith and counter rising populism? Join us for a vital discussion with Sophie Wilmès.

In an era marked by growing populism and wavering confidence in institutions, effective leadership is crucial. 

Join former Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès as she delves into the art of governance amidst global uncertainties. Through her unique insights, discover strategies to engage disillusioned citizens, address the anxieties of Europe’s youth, and redefine the role of credible leadership on the continent. 

This session is a must for those interested in shaping a resilient future.


Sophie Wilmès

Sophie Wilmès served as the first female Prime Minister of Belgium, guiding the nation through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her tenure is marked by her pragmatic and inclusive approach to governance, especially during times of crisis. Before her premiership, Wilmès held significant roles in finance and budget, which equipped her with a deep understanding of economic and political intricacies. She also served as Belgium's Foreign Minister, engaging with complex global issues and enhancing Belgium's role on the international stage. Wilmès's leadership style exemplifies dedication, resilience, and a commitment to public service, making her a respected figure in European politics.


Salma Haouach

Salma Haouach is a management engineer, graduating from Solvay in 2001. With over 20 years of experience in consulting and strategy across France, Spain, Morocco, and Brussels, Salma has carved a distinguished path in both the corporate and media sectors. She began her media career as an economic editor and commentator for Bel RTL, creating the "Coûte que Coûte" economics/consumer segment. She further expanded her presence in the media with roles at la Première and LN24, where she led and hosted the "Business Club" economic show and covered economic news. Since its inception, she has been a contributing writer for Forbes Belgium. Previously involved with the presidency of the Mouvement Réformateur, Salma is currently the Deputy General Director of Wallonie-Bruxelles Enseignement.

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Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
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