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The economic ambassador - Trends-Tendances on PC

The economic ambassador – Trends-Tendances on PC

General administrator of the Walloon Export Agency and Wallonia-Brussels International, Pascale Delcomminette is the new president of the jury for the Manager of the Year. A position that suits this ambassador of Walloon companies internationally perfectly.

Originally from Amay, Pascale Delcomminette (54) is a graduate of the School of International Interpreters in Mons where she studied two languages ​​that could not be more international: English and Spanish. She completed this diploma with a master’s degree in economics and social sciences from the Warocqué faculty of economics and management at UMons. She began her career in 1992 as project manager at the European Commission before joining ULiège as a researcher a year later. In 1995, she joined the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (Awex) where she quickly found herself at the head of a cell of five people mainly responsible for carrying out positive discrimination actions in Hainaut. She then joined the office of the Walloon Minister-President, of which she became an advisor in 1997. For fifteen years, she held various positions of responsibility related to international matters and regional economic development in several ministerial offices in the Region. wall…

Originally from Amay, Pascale Delcomminette (54) is a graduate of the School of International Interpreters in Mons where she studied two languages ​​that could not be more international: English and Spanish. She completed this diploma with a master’s degree in economics and social sciences from the Warocqué faculty of economics and management at UMons. She began her career in 1992 as project manager at the European Commission before joining ULiège as a researcher a year later. In 1995, she joined the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (Awex) where she quickly found herself at the head of a cell of five people mainly responsible for carrying out positive discrimination actions in Hainaut. She then joined the office of the Walloon Minister-President, of which she became an advisor in 1997. For fifteen years, she held various positions of responsibility related to international matters and regional economic development in several ministerial offices in the Region. Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation as well as the SRIW, the Regional Investment Company of Wallonia. In 2014, she succeeded Philippe Suinen as director of Awex and Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI). “Awex plays a dual role, explains the general administrator: on the one hand, helping Walloon companies to export and create partnerships abroad; on the other hand, attracting foreign investors to Wallonia. In order to To achieve its objectives, AWEX relies on a network of 90 economic and commercial advisers scattered around the world.WBI, for its part, is the structure that manages the international relations of the French Community and the Walloon Region. This encompasses research, academics, innovation and even culture. This double role gives me a very valuable overview.” An obvious corollary of her function, Pascale Delcomminette carries out numerous missions abroad: about fifteen each year, on average. The latter have been spaced out following the health crisis but their rhythm has now fully resumed. Latest: the state visit to Lithuania at the end of October. New president of the Manager of the Year jury, Pascale Delcomminette likes to underline how “this award honors entrepreneurs and allows great stories to be told. It also inspires young people to embark on the entrepreneurship”. Beyond the figures and results scrutinized by the jury, the president also notes how important the societal and environmental dimensions have become over the years. “Today, ecological transition, sustainability and diversity have become essential for companies, she testifies. In addition to these aspects, I also notice the ability to rebound shown by managers after the health crisis. More broadly, we see that human criteria play an increasingly important role, particularly in the way the company is managed and how the manager considers its development.” The candidates selected for the 2022 vintage of the Manager of the Year also reflect the Walloon and Brussels economy quite faithfully, she notes. “The companies selected are active in a wide variety of sectors, from transport and logistics to agri-food, including the circular economy, IT and laser micro-machining. Companies, in addition, each leader in their field, and displaying great ambitions for growth.”

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