Global Atlanta Consular Conversations: luncheon interview with Belgium’s Consul General

In the sixth event in Global Atlanta’s Consular Conversations Series on Jan. 20, 2017, the editorial team of Global Atlanta will be interviewing Belgium’s Consul General in Atlanta, William de Baets.

Topics of discussion will likely include:

  • Objectives of the consulate, which covers multiple Southern states
  • World War I centennial celebrations
  • Role of Belgium in Europe’s future
  • Belgian investment and manufacturing in the South
  • Transatlantic security and alliances in the age of Trump and a fractious EU
  • Belgium 101: A look at the political structure of the country
  • Educational exchanges between Georgia and Belgium

…and more.

The format

  • Catered light lunch with soft drinks
  • One-on-one conversation with the Global Atlanta editorial team, followed by moderated audience Q&A
  • Discussion covered by Global Atlanta and published in a later article

About the speaker

William De Baets was named consul general in Atlanta in April 2016. He brings to this posting 16 years of diplomatic experience acquired in Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Brussels, where he headed the Foreign Affairs Crisis Center and B-FAST, and Washington, DC. In Washington, he focused on political-military affairs under the leadership of Ambassador Verbeke. Before joining the diplomatic service, William De Baets served 9 years in the Belgian Navy, both on board and in headquarters.

Or read this beATL article: meet our new Consul General


  • When – Friday January 20, 2017 from 12 pm – 1.30 pm
  • Where – Miller and Martin PLLC | 1180 West Peachtree St. NW – Suite 2100 , Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Fees – Registration With Parking Validation: $20 | General Registration: $15
  • Registration – follow the link

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harvest of war

Harvest of war” is the latest book by Florida-based Belgian author Jan Smolders. I had the pleasure to meet Jan during his recent book presentation. Soberly dressed all in black, totally contrasting with his white hair, his piercing eyes and sparkling smile illuminated the room.  He is very jovial and you can only imagine him as a little boy as ‘een echte kapoen‘.

His 7th book takes place in his hometown of Ramsel and while, non fiction, the story is mostly based on historical facts related to the end of World War II when the village is still under Nazi occupation.  In the summer of 1944, Jan was a 5-year old boy who still today recalls many of these events described in his book… one of the main characters is Dr Van Dam, based on his own doctor who treated him when he contracted polio at the age of 6.  Together they braved the illness… allowing Jan to run 23 marathons!

Having left the corporate world [Bekaert & Lockheed] and toured most of the world,  Jan and his wife Lut are now living in Boca Raton, FL where he turned into a writer 5 years ago.

His other books: Viral Games,The Bridge of Whispers, The Convenient Fund, Ripping the Veil, Tennessee Tremors, Alone in Boca Raton are either thrillers or related to corporate devious manoeuvering. His eight book is ready to be published and #9 is in his mind …

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