Our club

+1,700
active members
+150
yearly events
11
outstanding rooms
2
restaurants
1
historical building

Sparking conversations and connecting curious minds

We believe growth comes from exchanging ideas and exposing ourselves to something new

TheMerode is your home of inspiration, tranquillity and joy. 

In a world that often prioritises hustle over harmony, we believe in the power of slowing down, disconnecting from the chaos, and reconnecting with what truly matters.

Here, within our exclusive haven, you can enjoy cultural and social gatherings, curated experiences, work or simply find solace in our elegant surroundings. 

Our vision

Embark on a journey of self-discovery

Our commitment extends beyond providing a space for relaxation or enjoyment; we are dedicated to supporting your personal growth and empowerment.

Consider us your guiding light on your journey towards excellence as we offer you a place where every member's voice is valued. 

So step inside, unwind, and join us in shaping a brighter, more harmonious future together. Welcome home!

Our values

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

Restless Curiosity

Restlessly eager to learn and looking for opportunities to grow and ideas that shape tomorrow, balancing boldness and wisdom to inspire the community.

Contagious Enthusiasm

Endless energy, creativity and a can-do attitude that make our team and community feel empowered to achieve more and express their authentic selves.

Entrepreneurial Audacity

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.

Fostering Diversity

Igniting conversations, new perspectives and ideas, we are a collective story of individuals as we are bringing together diverse profiles and personalities both in our community and in our programme.

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 Cercle de Lorraine restored the private historical mansion of 6,000m². In 2020, TheMerode team took over the club and transformed it into a private members' club that 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

Head of Special projects/experiences & Partner

Bernard Stas
Bernard Stas

CFO & Partner

Olivier Gilson
Olivier Gilson

COO Group

Pierre Colaiacovo
Pierre Colaiacovo

CFO, Group Operations

Charlotte Keup
Charlotte Keup

Strategy

Julie Capiau
Julie Capiau

Head of Member Relations

Marlena Manfre
Marlena Manfre

Member Acquisition Manager

Tatiana Cardon de Lichtbuer
Tatiana Cardon de Lichtbuer

Member Relations Manager

Cendrine Du Welz
Cendrine Du Welz

Member Relations Manager

Magali Peers de Nieuwburgh
Magali Peers de Nieuwburgh

Member Relations Manager

Ana de Sousa
Ana de Sousa

Member Administration Manager

Felicia Fangbi
Felicia Fangbi

Member Hospitality Manager

Emmely Lannoo
Emmely Lannoo

Corporate Manager

Pauline Jobelot
Pauline Jobelot

Head of Communication & Experience

Lou Michiels
Lou Michiels

Communication Digital Manager

Carole Moda
Carole Moda

Communication & Experience Manager

Yves Sangara
Yves Sangara

Senior PR & Influencer Manager

Roxanne Vander Ghinste
Roxanne Vander Ghinste

Content Manager

Céline Collette
Céline Collette

Communication Project Manager

Florence Geens
Florence Geens

Creative Manager

Alexandre A. Passialis
Alexandre A. Passialis

Head of Events

Camille Le Moulec
Camille Le Moulec

Event Project Manager

Raphaël Boddewyn
Raphaël Boddewyn

Estate Manager

Emmanuelle Indekeu
Emmanuelle Indekeu

Chief Art Officer

Alice Lefebvre
Alice Lefebvre

Head of Programme

Julien Gryp
Julien Gryp

Programme Manager

Maïté Herkens
Maïté Herkens

Sustainability and Wellbeing Curator

Evelyne Van Loocke
Evelyne Van Loocke

Accountant

Valentine Le Guay
Valentine Le Guay

Head of Production

Tiziana Engelhardt
Tiziana Engelhardt

Production Manager

Magaly Bonsen
Magaly Bonsen

Head of General Services & HR

Maude-Annabelle Bomart
Maude-Annabelle Bomart

Administrative Assistant

Georges Moreanu
Georges Moreanu

House Keeper

Emine Devre
Emine Devre

House Keeper

Nicolae Bucataru
Nicolae Bucataru

Maintenance

Henry Sanguna
Henry Sanguna

Maintenance

Our advisory board

A visionary advisory board

Among industry leaders, entrepreneurs and pioneers, TheMerode advisory board members bring expertise from diverse fields to elevate every aspect of our club. Together, we're setting new standards of sophistication and service to be the driving force behind TheMerode's excellence.

Denis Knoops
Denis Knoops

President

Victoria Main
Victoria Main

Board member

Laurent Coulie
Laurent Coulie

Board member

Adélaïde d'Orléans
Adélaïde d'Orléans

Board member

Laurent Hublet
Laurent Hublet

Board member

Fatima Zibouh
Fatima Zibouh

Board member

Herman Craeninckx
Herman Craeninckx

Board member

Myriam Vander Elst
Myriam Vander Elst

Board member

Michel Moortgat
Michel Moortgat

Board member

Anne-Sophie Eymeoud
Anne-Sophie Eymeoud

Board member