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Yves Wantens

Lieven Nuyttens

Treasurer & Regional VP Washington Region
Tom Ceusters

Regional Vice President Philadelphia Metropolitan Area
Utsav Schurmans

Vice President Communications
Peter Vanham

Board Member
Luc Cools

Ingrid Tierens

Young Alumni Committee Representative (alternating)

Young Alumni Committee

The Young Alumni Committee is dedicated to organizing activities that bring young alumni together. 

Themes/Activities:Social Events, Networking, Volunteering/Community Service, Professional/Career Development.

Maarten Peeters
Liliya Pautova 
Pablo Fleitas


Kristyn Brown
Geert De Proost
Yves Lambrecht
Jan Wauters


Yves Wantens is the Head of the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, based in New York. He has almost 30 years of professional experience in the field of development cooperation and international relations. 

Yves has an impressive list of appointments, being the representative of the Flanders Government in Poland, the Baltic States, Spain and Southern Africa. Prior to this, he was Director of the Rural Development Services Network in Johannesburg as well as several other leadership positions in South Africa. 

Yves holds a M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Leuven. He speaks 8 languages.

Lieven Nuyttens is an experienced life sciences executive who consults fast-growing companies in the US. Before that, he was the CEO of the US division of FLUIDDA, a Belgian early-stage diagnostics and imaging biomarker company. 

Lieven earned his Master of sciences/engineering from the KU Leuven and his MBA from the Wharton Business School.

Prior to joining FLUIDDA, Lieven held executive and senior level positions with Prestige Brands Inc., McKinsey & Co., Inc., Boots Group PLC, and the Block Drug Company/Glaxo Smith Kline, in areas including operations, supply chain and new product development. 

Residing in Larchmont, NY with his family, Lieven is excited to connect with fellow alumni on US soil as one of the founding Board members of the KUL Alumni US Chapter.

Tom Ceusters is the Director of Treasury Market Operations at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector.

IFC Treasury Market Operations is in charge of the Corporation's debt capital markets activities, liquid assets pool and balance sheet hedges, while generating revenue for the Corporation.

In his role, Mr. Ceusters leads the Treasury Market Operations department and represents IFC as a premier AAA rated issuer/investor in the global financial markets. He develops, implements and executes the funding, cash and liquid asset management strategy, ensuring cost efficiency and returns commensurate with IFC’s triple-A credit ratings and policies and guidelines.

Before joining IFC Mr. Ceusters was Managing Director Head of Assets, Funding & Markets at Dexia New York. During his 21-year tenure at Dexia, he evolved from being a very specialized derivatives trader to an all-around capital markets and portfolio manager.

Mr. Ceusters holds an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and a Commercial Engineering degree from KU Leuven.

Peter Vanham is an author, media strategist, and business journalist. He writes about the global economy and the people who help shape it, contributing stories to Financial Times, Business Insider, and World Economic Forum Agenda.

His first book, "Before I Was CEO" (Wiley, 2017), tells the life stories and lessons from leaders before they reached the top. Since 2014, Peter works as Lead Writer and US media lead for the World Economic Forum. Previously he works as a consultant for Bain & Company, and as US country manager for legendary Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.

Peter holds an M.A. in Business & Economics Journalism from Columbia University and an M.Sc. in Commercial Engineering from his alma mater in Belgium, the Catholic University of Leuven. He lives and works in New York with his wife.

Utsav Schurmans is the house dean of Ware College House at the University of Pennsylvania. He manages a team of 27 which include faculty, professional, graduate and undergraduate student staff and provides support for the 550 undergraduate students who live in Ware College. 

Utsav Schurmans earned a Masters in archaeology from the KUL in 1998, a Masters of anthropology from Arizona State University in 2001 and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. 

Utsav's academic specialty is prehistoric archaeology with a specific focus on the Late Pleistocene in North Africa and the Near East. As a student affairs professional, he is interested in college access and bringing innovative learning opportunities outside the classroom. 

Ustav currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife Andi and three children Oni, Kai, and Baya.

Luc Cools is the general manager of KBC Bank New York branch.  The Belgian KBC Group is an integrated bank-insurance group, catering for retail, private banking, SME and mid-cap clients.  The New York branch focuses on supporting corporate KBC customers for their activities in the USA and Canada.Luc obtained a Masters degree in Engineering from KU Leuven in 1985.  He was a faculty member in the thermodynamics department for two years, after which he joined the KBC Group.  

In 1995 he became a KBC expat serving in senior managing positions in Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Slovakia and the USA.  He has a broad financial experience, covering retail and corporate banking and insurance.

He lives in Rye, New York, with his spouse Kristel and has three children Tim (14), Philip (21) and Evelyn (22). 


Ingrid Tierens is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York.  She heads the Data Strategy team in Global Investment Research, which contributes to clients’ investment processes through quantitative analysis and systematic solutions, and collaborates with macro and equity research teams to embed alternative data sources in their research. Previously, she was head of Equities Execution Services Strats, Electronic Trading Strats, Prime Services Sales Strats and Equity Derivatives Sales Strats in the Securities Division.

Ingrid joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 as a vice president in the Equity Derivatives Strats Group, focusing on quantitative equity and option-based strategies, portfolio construction and index-related analysis. Prior to joining the firm, she was a director in the Active-Quantitative Investment Product Group at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in London. She also worked at JP Morgan Investment Management in London as a vice president in the Quantitative Financial Research and Development Division.

Ingrid is a past president and board member of the Society of Quantitative Analysts in New York. She earned a PhD in Finance and an MBA from The University of Chicago, and is a CFA charterholder.  

Alternating Board Member

Young Alumni Committee Representative

Young alumni committee

Pablo Fleitas is an Associate at Mizuho Securities in New York. He is involved in cross-border financial transactions for corporations and governments across Latin America. Previous roles include Portfolio Manager at an Asset Management firm and Global Treasury Intern at Anheuser-Busch InBev NV in Leuven, Belgium.

He graduated with an MSc. in Business Economics from the KU Leuven in 2018. Besides English, he also speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 

Mr. Fleitas is an active member of the US chapter, he enjoys promoting the KUL abroad and connecting with other Alumni.

Liliya Pautova is the Director of Customer Success in the U.S. for the Belgian SaaS scale-up, Proceedix Inc. The digital execution platform empowers Industry 4.0, by offering a flexible and mobile solution which can be displayed through (augmented reality) smart eyewear.

Before moving to the U.S. and exploring the emerging market, Liliya worked in Belgium as a consultant in IT, Telecommunication, and Automotive Industry.  Thanks to the Prince Albert Fund program, it was possible for her to make this transition and help expand the business.

Liliya graduated in 2015 from K.U. Leuven with the Commercial Engineering Master degree. 

Maarten Peeters is a data project lead at Apple. He is responsible for the schedule and geolocation data used for public transit on Apple Maps. 

After obtaining a Masters of Business and Information Systems Engineering at the KU Leuven in 2014, he moved to New York to start a 1-year internship at Haver Analytics. As a Research analyst, he provided clients with financial and economic data sets. Afterward, he started as a data analyst on the Apple Maps transit data team, where still works today.

Originally from the town of Rotselaar, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Maggie and two children, James and Jack.

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