Ambassadors Lecture Series (ALES) - 1sth June 2016 - AEI Auditorium
As background information, we are also pleased to inform that with the initialing of the EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement early April this year and the agreement on TPPA at the end of last year, the EU and Malaysia are now in a position to explore a resumption of the EU-Malaysia FTA negotiations. The outcome of the elections in Sarawak in May bodes well for the FLEGT-VPA negotiations. Ambassador Vandebon will discuss the possibility for these negotiations to be put on track again and the chances to bring them to a conclusion.
Luc Vandebon joined the European Commission in 1985 and has since worked on the European Union's foreign relations, holding various positions in the External Relations Directorate General of the European Commission and more recently in the European External Action Service of the European Union.
He has spent more than twenty years in European Union Delegations in Asia in the capacity of Head of Political, Trade, Economic and Public Affairs, as well as Deputy Head of Mission. He served six years in Beijing, China, where he was also Co-Director of the China-EU Biotechnology Centre; five years in Seoul, South Korea, also dealing with and undertaking several missions in North Korea in the context of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation (KEDO); five years in Manila, the Philippines; and more recently three years in Kabul, Afghanistan. From 2006 to 2009 he was responsible for relations between the EU and Australia and New Zealand.
In September 2012, he was appointed as the Ambassador/Head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia.
Prior to joining the EU, he worked as a research assistant at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) centre for financial and regional economics and later in the private sector in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He holds a degree in Business Engineering from the VUB's Solvay Business School in Belgium.
Luc Vandebon was born in Halle, Belgium, in 1953.