Our club

We spark conversations and connect curious minds, because we believe growth comes from exchanging ideas and exposing ourselves to something new

Your inspiration hub in the heart of Brussels

TheMerode is a think tank nurturing brilliant minds. We want to bring our members happiness and drive positive social and environmental change. Guided by a spirit of innovation and collaboration, we provide you with a fertile ground for diverse ideas to flourish. Through thought-provoking discussions, cutting-edge research and dynamic events, we empower you and our members to contribute to meaningful transformations in their communities and beyond. 

Our vision

We stimulate the desire for change

We believe positive change is always collective and to do so we designed TheMerode with people first.

Therefore, our club expands consciousness through powerful conversations about our collective future. It's a second home where members come to find insightful and creative thinking. A space to support entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses at the forefront of innovation and change.

To achieve this, we rely on various backgrounds, experiences, and opinions, and our members are vibrant and diverse. Our community extends far beyond our members and we regularly open our doors to non-members. 

Our goal is to fuel your imagination. Our holistic programme is created to nourish your soul, creativity and intellect to further you on your journey as a changemaker.

Our values

An open mind helps us grow. At TheMerode, we believe in:

Collective intelligence

By breaking siloed thinking, learning from others, cooperating instead of competing, and connecting the unconnected, we create opportunities for new ideas to be exchanged.

Curiosity & intuition

We believe that an open mind comes from a creative and curious personality, eager to teach and learn, ready to engage in new conversations and to understand different perspectives. We also believe intuition needs space, time and fun to be deployed.

Enjoyment

Being rational and functional is not enough. Joy has the power to open minds and is therefore the most convincing emotion. Being at ease can spark new visions and solve real-world challenges.

Contribution

We get out what we put in. Being engaged, committed, and standing up as a contributor to society, is essential to our philosophy. Our project is collaborative as we believe that being awake to the world and learning together helps us face todays greatest challenges.  

The future is now

New place, New ideas, New planet

Each and every one of us is an agent of change. To build a better future, we need to understand tomorrow's world and build meaningful connections that lead to our next big action.

We want TheMerode to feel like your second home – one that feeds you creatively and intellectually. Inspired by podcast culture, our programme is created to entertain, spark exciting new visions and motivate you and our community to change and act.

Expect local and international speakers, ordinary and extraordinary, who will share their unique experiences and insights, as well as wellness classes, social events and food and drink experiences that will nourish, fuel and inspire you on your journey.

Our history

A particular club
in a hotel particulier

The origins of the Hôtel The Merode date back to the first half of the 16th century. It wasn't until 1791 that the building took the name of Hôtel The Merode.

In 1863, Charles de Merode, then President of the Senate, ceded to the Belgian State most of his "lovely secular gardens" surrounding the building the Hôtel The Merode now occupies, which was his family home. This allowed the important construction of the Palais de Justice on Place Poelaert, known at the time as Place de Merode.

In 2010, the private historical mansion of 6,000m² was restored by the Cercle de Lorraine. In 2020 TheMerode team took over the club transforming it into the first social club in Brussels. TheMerode, the most open lifestyle and social club, opened its doors in November 2021.

Our team

Our team connects you
with your fellow members

We are here to make you get the most out of your membership, and advocate for the clubs values and implement its principles with care. You can count on us to accommodate and find solutions for you, generate your connections with our diverse community, or simply stop by for a chat. 

Our team is divided into: community and communication management, programme and experience management, private events, and administration and accounting. Hardworking and creative, our team want to get to know you, so that we can build on TheMerodes mission and ethos together.

Bruno Pani
Bruno Pani

Founder

Jean-Philippe Maes
Jean-Philippe Maes

Special projects & experiences

Bernard Stas
Bernard Stas

Accountant

Olivier Gilson
Olivier Gilson

Human resources

Pierre Colaiacovo
Pierre Colaiacovo

Finance

Raphaël Boddewyn
Raphaël Boddewyn

Estate Manager

Maude-Annabelle Bomart
Maude-Annabelle Bomart

Administrative Assistant

Magaly Bonsen
Magaly Bonsen

Head of Operations and HR

Nicolae Bucaratu
Nicolae Bucaratu

Maintenance

Julie Capiau
Julie Capiau

Head of Operations

Tatiana Cardon de Lichtbuer
Tatiana Cardon de Lichtbuer

Community Manager

Céline Collette
Céline Collette

Communication

Emine Devre
Emine Devre

House Keeper

Cendrine Du Welz
Cendrine Du Welz

Community Manager

Felicia Fangbi
Felicia Fangbi

Front Desk Receptionist

Florence Geens
Florence Geens

Creative Manager

Maïté Herkens
Maïté Herkens

Program Manager

Emmanuelle Indekeu
Emmanuelle Indekeu

Art Curator

Pauline Jobelot
Pauline Jobelot

Head of Communication & Experience

Charlotte Keup
Charlotte Keup

Strategy

Denis Knoops
Denis Knoops

President of the Advisory Board

Emmely Lannoo
Emmely Lannoo

Head of Community

Camille Le Moulec
Camille Le Moulec

Event Manager

Valentine Le Guay
Valentine Le Guay

Program Manager

Alice Lefebvre
Alice Lefebvre

Program Manager

Marlena Manfre
Marlena Manfre

Sales Manager

Lou Michiels
Lou Michiels

Communication

Carole Moda
Carole Moda

Communication & Experience Manager

Georges Moreanu
Georges Moreanu

House Keeper

Alexandre A. Passialis
Alexandre A. Passialis

Event Manager

Magali Peers de Nieuwburgh
Magali Peers de Nieuwburgh

Community Manager

Yves Sangara
Yves Sangara

Senior PR & Influencer Manager

Henry Sanguna
Henry Sanguna

Maintenance

Ana de Sousa
Ana de Sousa

Membership Administration Manager

Miguel van Ackere
Miguel van Ackere

General Manager

Evelyne Van Loocke
Evelyne Van Loocke

Accountancy

Richard Walschaerts
Richard Walschaerts

Accountant