Frédéric VAN HOUTE


En résumé

Director General, multilingual and multicultural, with about 23 years of experience in public affairs of which 18.5 years in association management as the head of European trade associations – ceramics, glass, man-made fibres industry (chemical/textile).
Expertise in representation, lobbying and advocacy on trade, internal market, legal, economic, financial and statistical, environmental, energy, health and safety, social, technical, standards and R&D issues to the EU, international governments and institutions and managing the growth and international development of trade associations.

Polyglot and culturally sensitive international diplomat and consensus building executive. Self-starter with strong interpersonal skills, able to work under pressure and to manage complex projects and multiple demands on time. Ambitious and creative team leader, flexible, adaptable, human. Analytic and strategic minded. Motivated and willing to learn and to evolve in a leading international position.

Mes compétences :
Association management
Ressources humaines


  • CIRFS (European Man-made Fibres Association) and EATP - Director General

    2010 - maintenant Approached to provide strategic direction and planning, advocacy and lobbying and communication of the trade association with external parties, management of the association’s membership and to run its financial management and administration. Association: development of the service to members (trade policy; statistics, reports; sustainability issues...); organization of conferences; promoting the image of the industry as a dynamic, innovative, versatile industry with a role in tomorrow’s world (articles etc.); regular speaker at international conventions; development of a diverse membership; integration of associations; closer links with other industries; improvement of communication with members and externally (Commission, EU Parliament...); development of global network of federations etc.
  • CPIV - Secretary-General

    1998 - 2010 Promoted to provide strategic direction and planning and advocacy and lobbying to increase the association’s presence with the European institutions.
    European advocacy, dealing with environmental, social, trade-policy, economic and other items concerning the glass industry, mainly at European level. High level political/business contacts.
    Regular contacts with the Commission and other EU institutions as well as with national/sectoral member federations, companies and other European and international bodies, and governments, including the regular issuing of position papers, newsletters and reports and lobbying campaigns.
    Follow-up of committee meetings, yearly meeting with the Commission, press conferences on the glass industry, the role of our federation and the promotion of glass as a material.
    Administrative responsibilities including the management of the secretariat as to finances ( budgets etc.) and human resources (recruiting, managing staff) and other administrative issues.

  • CPIV - Deputy Secretary-General

    1996 - 1998 Appointed to help reorganise the CPIV to make it more efficient and to prepare lobbying arguments and drafts, chair meetings and participate in working groups.
  • Cerame-Unie - Technical Adviser

    1994 - 1996 Technical adviser in charge of mainly EU environmental legislation, technical, R&D dossiers and statistics.
  • Heller and Partners - Stagiaire

    1993 - 1994 Market Study on private labels in coffee and candy-bar market


  • Université De Louvain (Louvain La Neuve)

    Louvain La Neuve 1992 - 1993 European Affairs

    Erasmus exchange programme in Madrid (5 months)
  • ICHEC Brussels Management School (Institut Catholique Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) (Brussels)

    Brussels 1987 - 1992 Ingénieur Commercial

    Etudes Commerciales, spécialisation en ingénieur commercial
    Thèse: "L'intégration de l'industrie autrichienne dans l'UE"
  • Lycée Français De Vienne LFV (Wien)

    Wien 1975 - 1987 Economie