Full Board Member
President of the Board of Directors of the Free University of Brussels
Pierre Gurdjian is a Belgian senior professional with extensive experience in executive leadership, governance and societal impact.
He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), one of Belgium’s largest comprehensive universities with 35,000 students, 4 campuses, 12 faculties and a large academic hospital; Member of the Board of Directors and its Governance and Remuneration Committee at UCB, a listed global biopharma company - leader in immunology and neurology; a Member of the Board of Directors at Lhoist, a family-owned company - world leader in limestone and dolomite production; a Member of the Board of Solvay, a leading listed chemical company; and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Belgium.
Prior to these roles, Pierre was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. During his 27 years with the firm, he served a dynamic portfolio of leading clients throughout Europe and Middle East, he was Managing Partner of the Belgium-Luxemburg office, and he held international responsibility for McKinsey’s Human Capital practice in EMEA.
Pierre has a passion for human capital development and co-created the Belgium’s 40 under 40 platform that helps equip young leaders who are on a journey to making the world better. He is also often invited to speak about leadership building, with a focus on wisdom, purpose and legacy.
He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and past President of YouthStart Belgium and the Harvard Club of Belgium. He teaches a graduate course on ‘The CEO Perspective’ at the Solvay Business School (ULB) and is involved in numerous humanitarian, philanthropic and entrepreneurial initiatives in Europe and outside.
Pierre holds a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.