Delegation of Flanders to the USA

Delegation of Flanders to the USA

The Delegation of Flanders to the USA is the diplomatic presence of Flanders, a regional government of the federal country of Belgium that enjoys full treaty making powers. The Delegation is based in New York City, where, as a part of the Consulate General of Belgium, it represents and defends all the interests of the Government of Flanders in the United States. The Delegation is the first point of contact in the USA for all issues related to the Government of Flanders and its competences.

In addition to supporting and facilitating official contacts between the Government of Flanders and the different levels of government in the United States, the Delegation is also particularly active in the fields of academic, cultural, and public diplomacy, as well as community outreach, the promotion of Flemish policy expertise, and increasing Flanders’ name recognition. Together with Flanders Investment & Trade and VISITFLANDERS, the Delegation of Flanders is your source of information on Flemish diplomatic, academic, scientific, cultural, economic, and touristic activities and exchanges in the United States.



Since 2009, the Delegation of Flanders to the USA is located at Flanders House on the 38th floor of The New York Times Building in Manhattan.

We can easily be reached by public transport: our offices are located right across from Port Authority (buses from New York & New Jersey) and we are also accessible via subway station Port Authority - 42nd Street - Times Square (lines N, R, Q, W, A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, S).

  • Yves Wantens
    General Representative of Flanders
  • Hilde Platinck
    Office Manager
  • Elien Werbrouck
    Policy advisor
  • Vicky Thomaes
    Office Manager (a.i.)



Flanders Investment & Trade - New York

Flanders Investment & Trade - New York

Flanders Investment & Trade is the economic representation of the Government of Flanders, supporting Flemish companies doing business abroad as well as offering expert advice and tailored assistance to foreign businesses looking to establish or expand their activities in Flanders, Belgium and Europe.

Are you ready to partner up with dynamic companies exporting to the U.S.?  Perhaps you want to export your product to the European market? Or maybe you are considering setting up in Europe?
We at Flanders Investment and Trade can help you with that! We support companies from Flanders exporting to the U.S. by facilitating synergies with select U.S. companies. 
We also offer expert advice and tailored assistance to U.S. companies with plans to set up or expand in Europe.
We have 6 offices in the United States: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and San Francisco. We cover a broad range of sectors ranging from financial services to fashion, automotive, aerospace, energy, chemicals, agribusiness, textiles, entertainment, and diamonds just to name a few. 
Within our Science and Technology Offices, our Technology Counselors provide unparalleled global expertise focusing essentially on Digital Tech, Health Tech and Climate Tech. 
We are happy to help your company to meet with potential partners and investors from Flanders, through a variety of matchmaking and networking events, roadshows, trade shows or conferences. 
Contact us today and discover why Flanders is your gateway to Europe.



  • Bart Boschmans
    Bart Boschmans
    Economic Counselor
  • John Baekelmans
    John Baekelmans
    Vice President Americas
  • Ralph Moreau
    Science & Technology Counselor - Climate Tech
  • Laura Pereira
    Laura Pereira
    Investment Director
  • Sara Henni
    Deputy to the Vice President Americas
  • Nadia Majidizadeh
    Trade Advisor
  • Clara Verdonck
Flanders Investment & Trade - Chicago

Flanders Investment & Trade - Chicago

  • Frederik De Potter
    Frederik De Potter
    Economic Counselor
  • Claude Stomp
    Claude Stomp
    Investment Director
  • Karel Sorgeloos
    Karel Sorgeloos
    Trade Advisor
Flanders Investment & Trade - Atlanta

Flanders Investment & Trade - Atlanta

  • Nina Vanspauwen
    Nina Vanspauwen
    Trade Advisor
Flanders Investment & Trade - Houston

Flanders Investment & Trade - Houston

  • Nathalie Mathijs
    Nathalie Mathijs
    Head of post
Flanders Investment & Trade - Los Angeles

Flanders Investment & Trade - Los Angeles

  • Tom Vermeulen
    Tom Vermeulen
    Economic Counselor
  • Nikki Van Tendeloo
    Nikki Van Tendeloo
    Investment Director
  • Anna Farias
    Anna Farias
    Trade Advisor
  • Mariana Kaganiak
    Commercial Deputy
Flanders Investment & Trade - San Francisco

Flanders Investment & Trade - San Francisco

  • Wim Sohier
    Science & Technology Counselor - Digital Tech


VISITFLANDERS North America is the Tourist Office for Flanders-Belgium and covers the USA and Canada. VISITFLANDERS works very closely with travel agents, tour operators, associations, and the North American press and general media to promote this region that is constantly improving its line of products and attractions as a destination for cultural travelers and a meeting and conference destination.

Traveling leads to broadening a person’s worldview, increasing self-confidence, and a better awareness of people and places. And as an organization, VISITFLANDERS actively works on the future of tourism, the Travel to Tomorrow, rooted in local communities, local entrepreneurs, in neighborhoods, villages and cities that thrive and, as a result, enjoy welcoming visitors that are passionate about what Flanders has to offer. A flourishing community is very much connected to its specific place; where people work together, where visitors can feel at home and residents can nurture and share their love for the place.

For all information email:

  • Brecht Putman
    Brecht Putman
    Associations Director North America
  • Marco Frank
    Marco Frank
    Trade Manager
Global Network

Global Network

Flanders is highly connected to the world. It is a core task of the foreign policy of Flanders to defend Flemish interests abroad.

Move your mouse (or your finger on mobile devices) over the map below to explore our global network.

Flanders Global Network
  • Delegation of Flanders
  • Delegation of Flanders at Multilateral Organizations
  • Country Office for Development Cooperation
  • Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Flanders Investment & Trade office in cooperation with Awex and Brussels Hub
  • Flanders Cultural Center ‘de Brakke Grond’ in Amsterdam
  • Arts Flanders Japan-Tokyo
Belgian Embassy & Consulates

Belgian Embassy & Consulates

The transatlantic relationship with the United States of America, together with European integration and a preference for multilateral cooperation, is one of the cornerstones of Belgium’s foreign policy. The United States is a strategic partner in defense and security and our most important trade partner outside the European Union. In addition, both countries cooperate constructively in various multilateral and regional organizations.

The Belgian Embassy is situated in Washington, D.C. and there are three Consulates General in the United States, located in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles as well as many Honorary Consulates throughout the country. To date almost 28,000 Belgians with permanent or temporary residence in the USA are registered with the consular services. Most Belgians live in the states of California, New York, Georgia, Texas, and New Jersey. Click here for more information.