The Berlin International Economics Congress

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Society in International Economics

(Berlin; February 4th - 7th, 2010)

Dr. François-Xavier de Donnea

Former Minister of Defence of Belgium, Former Mayor of Brussels

Born in 1941 in Antwerp, François Xavier Gustave Marie Joseph Corneille Hubert, Knight de Donnea de Hamoir is a distinguished Belgian politician who has held a number of important positions in the Belgian government. He is a trained economist and has graduated from the University of Louvain, from the University of California and got his Ph. D. in Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Following this he became Professor of Economics and Public Management at the University of Louvain (Full time 1971-1981; part time 1982-1997).

Dr. Donnea has been elected to the Belgian parliament on a number of occasions (I981-1989, 1991-2000 and again since 2003). Whilst sitting in parliament he held a number of important positions including Secretary of State for Development Cooperation (1983-1985), Minister of Defence (1985-1988), Mayor of the City of Brussels (1995-2000), Minister-President of the Brussels- Capital Region (2000-2003). He was also briefly a Member of European Parliament between 1989-1991.

Dr. Donnea is currently a member of the upper house of the Belgian parliament. Outside of the political sphere he is a member of the board of "Africa Conservation Fund" and of "Wildlifedirect".