Arctic Business Seminar


16 May 2023


9:30 – 13:30


Room Newton at BluePoint Brussels, Blvd. A. Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels

Type of Event


This event focuses on what the Arctic region has to offer the Belgian business community and what the Belgian business community has to offer the Arctic. It explores key sectors of interest through interactions with stakeholders who are already engaged in the region and offers networking opportunities. Mads Frederiksen, Executive Director of the Arctic Economic Council will deliver a keynote speech


9:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome: Pieter Timmermans, CEO of Enterprises in Belgium VBO FEB

10:05 – 10: 15 Opening remarks by H.E. Per Strand Sjaastad, Norway’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium

10:15 – 10: 50 Keynote speech by Mads Frederiksen, Executive Director of the Arctic Economic Council

10:50 – 11:30 Panel 1: What the Arctic has to offer Belgium + Q&A

Moderator: Nils Kristian Sørheim Nilsen, Director of the North Norway European Office

11:30 – 11:40 Health break

11:40 – 12:20 Panel 2: What Belgium has to offer the Arctic + Q&A

Moderator: Yves Verschueren, CEO of essenscia

12:20 – 12:30 Closing remarks: Pol De Witte, Director General at EGMONT – Royal Institute for International Relations

12:30 – 13:30 Network lunch