Marina Cruysmans has a degree in Archeology and History of Art from the Université Catholique de Louvain. She started working in the field of art and archeology for ten years. After a few years in Paris and Seoul (Korea)where she worked for the Korean radio in French language, she joined the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS ) as assistant to the Director General and conferences project manager. She joined the Royal Institute for International relations in 2002. In charge of the conferences, she is currently Executive Director.