Board of Directors

Thomas LEYSEN, Chairman

  • Chairman King Baudouin Foundation
  • From 2011 to 2020, he was Chairman of KBC Group, a Belgian banking and insurance group working primarily in Belgium, Central Europe and Ireland
  • Chairman of Mediahuis, a media company which publishes a number of newspapers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland
  • Member of the Trilateral Commission, European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), and Global Advisory Council of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan
  • Chairman of the Belgian Corporate Governance Commission
  • Board member of Codart, a worldwide association of curators

Luc TAYART de BORMS, Treasurer

  • Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation
  • Treasurer, Network of European Foundations (NEF)
  • Former Chair of the European Foundation Centre (EFC)

Hilary PEARSON, Secretary

  • President Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) from 2001 to 2019
  • Co-chair federal Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector
  • Director of CARE Canada, and Indspire
  • Former Director of Imagine Canada and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada
  • Member of the Order of Canada


  • P.Eng, M.A.Sc., ICD.D, President of MDCI consultants
  • Board Member Sépaq (Société des Etablissements de Plein Air du Québec)
  • Board Member Québec Oiseaux


  • Executive Chairman, Global Canada from 2015
  • Former Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum
  • Former Deputy Minister and President of Canada’s International Development Agency (CIDA)


  • Former Vice President Calgary Foundation from 2006 to 2019
  • Member, STEP International Philanthropic Advisors Special Interest Group
  • Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers