Pierre Gurdjian

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 33,000 students, 4 campuses, 12 faculties and a large academic hospital; the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors 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.

Pierre is also Philanthropy and Strategy Partner of the IDeA Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation that seeks to establish innovative and transformative ways to change the world through territory development, innovation in education and promotion of humanitarian values.

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 “Roots & Wings” platform that helps equip talented individuals 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.

Pierre holds a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.