International knowledge workers: how to attract, engage and keep them
14-10-2016 :: Leuven

Organizer: Leuven.Inc as part of Leuven MindGate

Establishing Leuven as a top working and living environment for international talent

Leuven is one of Europe’s premier regions for innovation and entrepreneurship. Its hospitals, internationally renowned knowledge centers, bio-incubators, spin-offs and its creative sector make it a strong player in the fields of health care, high-tech and creativity. 

To keep this position, we should grow Leuven into a permanent magnet for innovative companies and top talent. That is one of the key goals of the new Leuven MindGate initiative.

In this seminar, the speakers will discuss the People-aspect of Leuven MindGate and give you insights on: 

The needs of the international employees and their families when relocating 

The practices implemented by companies, organizations and public services aimed at international citizens and employees

What companies and public services can do to grow Leuven into a top living and working environment

These insights are based upon a detailed survey carried out by Leuven MindGate.


Practical aspects

Date: Friday 14 October 2016

Location: Vlaams Administratief Centrum (VAC), Dirk Bouts Auditorium, Diestsepoort 6, 3000 Leuven; public transport and parking facilities nearby



13h30: Registration

14h00: Introduction: International talent – a challenge for the region and its organizations 

Hubert De Neve, Executive Vice-President HR imec

14h10: The needs of international talent when relocating to and integrating in a new environment 

Deb Vansteenwegen, Head of HR Management Senior Academic Staff, KU Leuven

14h30: Testimonial of an employee

14h40: Practices of the city and organizations in Leuven region to support international workers 

Eve Sermon, HR talent specialist imec 

15h00: Testimonial of an employer

15h10: Coffee break

15h40: Towards a top-level working and living environment: recommendations to companies and authorities 

Hubert De Neve, Executive Vice-President HR imec

16h10: International House Copenhagen: a success story

Michael Ryan Andersen, Team Leader at International House Copenhagen, Denmark

16h40: Closing remarks

Mohamed Ridouani, Deputy Mayor of the city of Leuven

16h50: Networking drink


More details


Participation fee

120 euro (ex. VAT): members Leuven MindGate, Leuven.Inc and HR Square

180 euro (ex. VAT): all others


This fee will include the whitepaper with the results of the survey.

Discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761

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Organisated and coordinated by Leuven.Inc as part of Leuven MindGate  

Supported  by: HR Square



Registrations by Wednesday 5 October at the latest, preferably via the online registration form (use the Register button) or by email to (including all contact and invoice details).



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