ABOUT US

THE CHAMBER

CCBLB

THE Belgian-Luxembourg
Chamber of Commerce
in Barcelona

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona – CCBLB in Spanish – is one of the 33 Belgian Chambers abroad accredited by the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce as well as the Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. As one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in Barcelona, it benefits from a solid and stable network both in the private and public sector.

As a private not-for-profit business organisation, we help companies to export to and invest in Spain. Sole traders, SME’s, start-ups and multinationals: some are new to Spain whilst others are long-established.

Building bridges, easing the search of partners and access to authorities, organizing networking activities are some of the key areas where our Chamber really makes a difference!

We accomplish our mission in accordance with the principles defined in our Action Plan.

We have one common goal – to succeed and thrive in Spain.

About Us

THE DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

DOMINIK MERTENS

About Us

BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT

GRÉGOIRE GATHEM

With several positions held in both the international public sector (F4E & EUIPO) and private sector in Barcelona, Grégoire has built an extensive experience in dealing with businesses from all over Europe and developed an ample network in a variety of areas. His international career follows a path initiated some twenty years ago at the Bar in Brussels, representing multinationals and SMEs in commercial matters.

Grégoire’s professional activities and network continue to benefit from a solid academic anchor, not only as a graduate of Harvard Law School (LL.M) – for which he was granted the Frank Boas Scholarship, Fulbright and BAEF Honorary Fellowships -, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Master in IP Law) and Université Catholique de Louvain (Law Degree), but also in relation to his teaching activities (e.g., Universitat de Barcelona-UB in Spain; UCL and Saint-Louis University in Belgium).

Grégoire GATHEM is President of CCBLB since May 2021.

VICE PRESIDENT

CARL CRAEN

Carl Craen was born in Belgium and raised in Switzerland, where he completed his secondary and undergraduate education while playing basketball semi-professionally.

He then moved to Barcelona, where he completed his graduate studies.
He is the Vice President and Managing Director of EU Business School, as well as the co-founder of the Club of Young Entrepreneurs of Switzerland and the founder of Xblue Digital School.

Carl lives in Barcelona with his spouse and two children.

TREASURY

PHILIPPE CRENER

SECRETARY

EDUARD TORRES

VOCAL

FLORENCE VANDAELE

I’m Florence Vandaele, 44 years old and living in Barcelona for 8 years. I’ve grown up in a village at the Belgian Coast (Koksijde) and then went to study Psychology at the University of Leuven. During my last year, I did a 4 months exchange program in Valencia where my love for the Spanish culture and lifestyle got triggered.

After studying an extra year in Austria, I moved to London to start my first 2 years long job in the financial services industry.

Next, I initiated a sales career at Procter&Gamble in Brussels: a great experience and learning school. For ten years I’ve enjoyed working around products for everyday life – e.g., the integration of Gillette in different categories or our society -,  always dealing with big supermarket chains up to small hairdressers.

Moving abroad has always been a burning desire, so I didn’t hesitate a single moment when I got the opportunity to start working in Barcelona for the Belgian lingerie company Van de Velde, a family business that has been around for 100 years with 3 beautiful brands: Prima Donna, Marie Jo and the Barcelona based brand Andres Sarda. I’m very proud to represent them in the Southern countries of Europe and help empower women by wearing beautiful lingerie, no matter their shape and silhouette.

In my personal life, I’m a proud single mum of a ten years old boy & girl twins with whom I live in Barcelona’s Eixample. They’ve turned into little polyglots and enjoy the Spanish culture without forgetting their Belgian roots.

I’m honoured to be part of the CCBLB board and look forward to bringing the networking of Belgians in the (probably most) beautiful city of Europe to the next level.

VOCAL

CARLOS GALCERÁN

Carlos was born in Barcelona in November 1952.

He has studied at La Salle Bonanova and afterwards, he got a Degree as Telecommunications Engineer at I.T.T. La Salle University.

At the age of 16, as soon as he finished school, Carlos started working at Cogesa, the insurance broker firm his father founded in 1917. Since then, he has always been active in the insurance market.

Carlos is Chairman of the CCBLB Board, Head of the Intl. Business of Cogesa and Vice President of “Colegio de Mediadores de Seguros de Barcelona”.

VOCAL

LUC LUWEL

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated working history in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Business Strategy, Event Management and Change Management. Strong business development professional, graduated from TIAS School for Business and Society.


Previously

– Stanford University, Executive Program in Leadership

– Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management
– Vlerick Business School, VUB Master in Economic Sciences.

TEAM MEMBERS

CONSULAR AGENT
AT THE CONSULATE OF BELGIUM
IN BARCELONA

PAUL VAN DEN BROECK

Paul is the official ‘historian’ of our Chamber. He is the author of the chapters of the series ‘Road to the Centenary’ published on social media. Paul is collaborating with CCBLB on a voluntary basis.

MEDIA
&
COMMUNICATIONS

ANN HELENA REMANS

Somewhere in my early 20s, with a taste for adventure and a KUL degree in Romance Philology in my pocket, I decided to take my car and leave beautiful Belgium behind me, unstoppable and determined to find my calling in sunny Barcelona.

As a polyglot in Barcelona, it soon became clear that Multilingual Communication would become my path. Today, I provide communication services to companies & institutions, no matter how big or small, on a global and local scale:

  • Voice Artist (TV, Radio, Cinema, Internet & Corporate)
  • Host – Presenter – Emcee (Talk-Shows & Events)
  • Event Organiser (TV & Corporate)
  • Translator – Copywriter – Subtitler – Interpreter

Below you will hear an extract of my voice for the United Nations. I’m also a bilingual Spotify brand voice, a corporate voice in many diverging sectors as well as the leading voice actress in Broken Poet, an independent movie with Bruce Springsteen, on Apple TV. I record most of my voices in a fancy @Studiobricks at home.

For several years, I have worked in the world of the beautiful game. As such, I was the first international host of Barça Fans on the website of Football Club Barcelona. Today, I host Global Trends, a digital talk-show about agriculture produced by BKT Tires, once a family business from Mumbai, now market leader with European headquarters in Milan reaching 160 countries worldwide.

Somehow, my work has always been about creating a bridge between people from different cultures, whether it be at an event, in a recording studio or from behind my desk. It is a true pleasure to be there for you at CCBLB as well, in English, French, Flemish, Spanish or Catalan. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

Contact: ccblb@ccblb.com

Global Trends
United Nations

EVENTS
MANAGER

TANYA LAPON-CAERS

Tanya was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. Though fond of her beautiful home country, traveling and exploring different cultures has been on her mind as from an early age.

After her language studies at KVH, Tanya first explored the financial sector, working for KBC, Van Lanschot Bankiers and Citibank. A career-switch made her dream come true: she entered the world of ‘Travel and Luxury Destinations’ at XO Private

After 5 years roaming the globe, Tanya became Event Manager at Touring. Together with her husband, she moved to Toulouse and then Barcelona.

A decade ago, they settled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she gave birth to their son. Representing several organisations over the years, Tanya has been working with Charities as well as the Belgian Embassy. Recently, the family returned from Continental Asia… to Barcelona!

Tanya thrives when she can connect people. She enjoys making you feel welcome and at-ease, especially in international contexts. If you’d ask Tanya where she feels at home, this quote says it all:


Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location but by memories, events, people and places that span the globe.”

Contact: events@ccblb.com

Contact: events@ccblb.com

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