Monday February 24th

Matteo Ricci College

Boulevard Poincaré 67, 1070 Anderlecht, Brussels

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The European Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Jesuit European Social Centre, supported by the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials. The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp supports the programme in hosting the academic paper presentation session before a jury at the University of Antwerp and co-organizing the graduation ceremony.

ELP is a holistic training programme for 24-29 year old professionals wishing to work in the European context in Brussels. Drawing from a long-lasting Jesuit experience of creating establishments that provide excellent education, the aim is to help those young professionals reach their full potential. Throughout five months, the fellows receive guest speakers from the EU institutions, high-level current and former decision makers, as well as they meet leaders of NGOs and other influencers to listen to their testimonies: how values are present in their everyday life, at the operative level of work. ELP Fellows are taking part in personal coaching sessions inspired by Ignatian spirituality, the opportunity to volunteer in Brussels-based projects walking with the poor, attending high-level networking events, all while living together in a community.

All this serves as an opportunity to provide the necessary advantage for succeeding in a competitive environment with additional help in mastering all aspects of EU politics, this represents the extra mile for those that are willing to take it.

This is the second graduation ceremony to celebrate the completion of the programme by the Fall 2019 Cohort of ELP Fellows. It will symbolically be held on the premises of the new Jesuit Matteo Ricci College in Molenbeek.  (


18.00 Welcome address by Alain Deneef, President of the World Union of Jesuit Alumnae WUJA

18.05 Welcome address by Stijn Latré, Director of the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp UCSIA

18.10 Welcome address by Peter Rožič SJ, Director of the Jesuit European Social Centre JESC

18.17 Video testimonies of ELP Fellows

18.30 Keynote address by Frans van Daele

Frans van Daele joined the Belgian diplomatic service in 1971 and was appointed to the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the European Union in 1973. After postings in Athens, Rome and at the Belgian mission to the UN in New York, he served at the Belgian Foreign Office as Director General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Office. In 1997 he was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union. In 2002 he became Ambassador of Belgium to the USA. Since 2006, he has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to NATO. In 2013 he became the first chief of the Royal private cabinet of King Philippe of Belgium. He held the office from 2013 to 2017. Upon his retirement he was made a Minister of State.

19.00 Q&A

19.15 Graduation ceremony 

19.35 Closing remarks by Botond Feledy, Secretary for Leadership at the Jesuit European Social Centre JESC

19.45 Reception

20.30 End

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