Serge Allegrezza

Serge Allegrezza - Director General, STATEC
Chairman, Observatory for Competitiveness

Serge Allegrezza holds a PhD in applied economics and has been Director General of STATEC, the Luxembourg Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, since April 2003. He has also been Chairman of Luxembourg’s Observatory for Competitiveness since 2005.

He has been a member of the Economic and Social Council (Conseil économique et social, CES) since 1992.

In addition to his duties, Serge Allegrezza was scientific adviser to the Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor from 2005 to 2014. He has also been serving as Chairman of the Board of LuxTrust since 2005 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of POST since 2013. He has been a member of the board of SES since April 2010.

From 1991 to 2003, he was "Conseiller de gouvernement 1ère classe" at the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade.

Serge Allegrezza is a Commander of the Order of the Oak Crown.

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Marco Boly

Marco Boly - Director, Administration of labour and mine inspectorate

Marco Boly, 51, was born on 1 August 1967 and he is from Luxembourg. He holds a master of science in civil engineering.

After studying in Luxembourg and Germany, Marco worked for German civil engineering company Bilfinger+Berger for 7 years. He worked at the company’s Wiesbaden headquarters for 2 years and as an expat in the Nigerian capital Abuja for 5 years.

In 2001, Marco returned to Luxembourg, where he was employed by steel company ArcelorMittal Group. There, until September 2008, he held the position of CEO of ArcelorMittal Centre Logistique Européen, a steel distributing platform for long products in Luxembourg. He was then CEO of ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions Stahlbautechnik, a steel construction company in Germany and, finally, Head of Supply Chain for ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions Germany/Switzerland until March 2013.

The years 2013 and 2014 were quite eventful for Marco: he had the opportunity to work in the social sector and the freelance sector and he also worked for the governmental "Ponts&Chaussées" department for a few months.

In October 2014, he joined the Inspectorate of Labour and Mines, where he was quickly promoted to acting director. He became the Inspectorate's director in March 2016.

  • During Luxembourg's 2015 Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Marco chaired the 69th Senior Labour Inspectors' Committee and he opened the 8th Joint EU/US Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • In 2016, he represented the Governmental Interest Group during the 7th EU/China dialogue conference in Beijing, where his thematic contribution as a speaker was "Potential challenges and risks in the world of occupational health and safety regarding new technologies".
  • In 2017, he participated in the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore, where he was guest speaker at the International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) conference on the topic: "Challenges of labour inspectorates faced in a permanently work-life change".
  • Marco regularly takes part in various roundtables and conferences on occupational health and safety. Recently, the following topics were addressed at those conferences: "Change management - smart administrations", "Workforce transformation", "Future risks due to new technologies", "Posting of workers - in-situ results" and "The right to disconnect", to name but a few.

He is married and the father of three children.

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Pauline Bourgeon

Pauline Bourgeon - LISER & Université du Luxembourg

Pauline Bourgeon is researcher in the Labour Market Department of Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).

She holds a PhD in Economics from Paris School of Economics and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She got a MSc in International Economics and Development from Université Paris Dauphine.

She has conducted empirical research in the field of macroeconomics, international trade and migration using large panel data and recent microeconometric methods.

She has published in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

She received a PhD grant from Banque de France and has been working as junior researcher at Banque de France.

She has worked as junior researcher at the EIB and as consultant for the CNUCED.

She has been teaching Macroeconomics, Money and Finance and International Economics at University of Luxembourg, Université de Lorraine, Sciences Po Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris Dauphine.

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Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran

Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran - CEPII et Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran est maître de conférences à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, professeur associée à Paris School of Economics (PSE) et conseillère éditoriale au CEPII où elle co-dirige l’ouvrage annuel l'Économie mondiale (coll. Repères éd. La Découverte) et la publication mensuelle intitulée la Lettre du Cepii.

Elle enseigne l'économie monétaire et financière et dirige un master professionnel en alternance dédié aux métiers du contrôle des risques bancaires et de la conformité. Ses travaux portent sur les banques, le financement de l'économie et la régulation financière.

Auteur de plusieurs ouvrages d'économie académiques et grand public, elle a notamment publié Blablabanque. Le Discours de l'inaction (Ed. Michalon, sept. 2015), L'économie pour toutes avec Marianne Rubinstein (Ed. La Découverte, mai 2014, prix Lycéen Lire l'économie 2014), et Parlons banque en 30 questions avec Christophe Nijdam (Ed. La Documentation française, sept 2014, nouvelle édition en avril 2018).

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Michèle Detaille

Michèle Detaille - Vice-president, FEDIL; Administrator, Alipa Group


Bachelor's diploma of political Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, 1980

Mandates in progress:

Commercial companies

  • ALIPA Group: Important shareholder and Managing Director
  • Luxempart (Leudelange): Board Member since 2012 - Audit committee member
  • Chaux de Contern SA (Contern): Board Member since 2010

Bank & regulatory sector

  • UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain) Belgium: Board Member since 2005 - Audit committee member

Professional associations

  • FEDIL (The Voice of Luxembourg's Industry): Board Member since 2005, Vice-President since 2018

Ended fonctions of mandates:

Gouvernements & education

  • Council of Regency member of National Bank of Belgium - Budget committee member (2009-2018)
  • Censor in the National Bank of Belgium (2005-2009)
  • Mayor of Vaux-sur-Sûre (1983-2000), Belgium
  • Board Member of CRISP (1982-2000), Belgium
  • Vice-Président of PRL (1993-1996), Belgium
  • Member of the belgian Parliament (1985-1987), Belgium
  • Advisor, Ministry of Public Works (1982-1984), Belgium
  • Political advisor of the state Minister Jean Gol (1980-1982), Belgium

Commercial companies

  • Benelux Marketing and sales manager of ACCOR SERVICES (1988-1996)

Professional associations

  • Board Member of SEILA (packaging and logistic association) (2002-2006), Paris, France
  • Board Member of ABCAL (Belgian Association of purchasing and logistic managers) (2003-2007)

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Sarah Guillou

Sarah Guillou - Deputy director of the Research Department in Innovation and Economics and senior Economist, OFCE (Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques)

Sarah Guillou is deputy director of the Research Department in Innovation and Economics and senior Economist at OFCE, Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques. At OFCE, Sarah Guillou deals with empirical issues related to firms competitiveness and questions related to the effects of globalization, technical change as well as regulation on firms and industries. Her work addresses the impact of public policies on firm competitiveness and she is interested in the definition of a good, if any, industrial policy. She participates to the evaluation of the CICE, the tax credit for employment and competitiveness, for the French governmental Agency of evaluation, France Stratégie.

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Emily Khan

Emily Khan - PwC UK Beyond Brexit Lead

Emily Khan is PwC UK's Beyond Brexit Lead. She has spent her career advising companies - from the largest multinational corporations to the smallest social enterprise start ups - how to transform their operations in response to the changing external environments.

In her current role she advises businesses of all sizes across the UK on the risks and opportunities presented by Brexit. Helping them understand the possible scenarios for the UK leaving the EU, how likely these are, and what they mean for their business. Then working with them to build and implement plans that ensure they’re ready on day one of Brexit and thrive beyond March 2019.

Emily co-authored PwC’s 'Time to Act' series, helping clients think through the implications that Brexit will have on their business, is Chair of the popular Beyond Brexit expert podcast series, curates content for PwC’s Brexit website and is a member of PwC’s Brexit Steering Committee, working with the Executive Board to develop and implement the firm’s own strategy to respond to Brexit.

Emily also Chairs PwC’s Trade & Investment Hive, a market convener bringing together trade expertise from all areas of PwC - both in the UK and throughout the global network - as well as more than 30 international experts.

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Nicolas Mackel

Nicolas Mackel - CEO, Luxembourg for Finance

Nicolas Mackel is CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, since July 2013. Nicolas is a career diplomat.

He has graduated with a law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and holds two post-graduate diplomas in European law from the Sorbonne University, respectively the College of Europe in Bruges where he then also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department.

He worked as a legal clerk at the European Court of Justice before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999. His assignments focused on the successive EU Treaty negotiations (Amsterdam, Nice, Constitution, Lisbon). Nicolas was consecutively posted at Luxembourg's Permanent Representation to the EU (2002-07), as Deputy Chief of Mission at Luxembourg's Embassy in Washington DC (2007-11) and as Consul General in Shanghai (2011-13) where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg's economic interests throughout China as the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.

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François Mousel

François Mousel - Audit Partner, PwC Luxembourg


François Mousel is an Audit Partner. He is also the leader of PwC's Entrepreneur.


François Mousel serves high-profile operational, institutional and private equity clients. He has been actively involved in developing the PwC's Entrepreneur service offering to entrepreneurs and family businesses. The offering includes accounting, tax and advisory services.

Working experience:

François Mousel has managed a diversified audit engagement portfolio, including commercial companies, social care institutions and private equity firms; François Mousel also advises family businesses on accounting, financial and governance topics.
He is a member of the examining board for the “réviseur d'entreprises” exam in Luxembourg.
From 2010 to 2013, François Mousel worked at the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) where he helped build up a new department in charge of public supervision of the audit profession.


  • Master's degree in Management, Accounting and Finance, Solvay Business School Luxembourg,
  • Qualified « Réviseur d'entreprises ».


François Mousel has the following responsibilities:

  • Board member of the Fédération des Jeunes Dirigeants (FJD) (Luxembourg’s young business leaders association),
  • Member of the development committee of the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LPEA),
  • Member of the Institut des Réviseurs d'Entreprises,
  • Commissaire of the Family Business Network (FBN) – Luxembourg Chapter.

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John Parkhouse

John Parkhouse - CEO, PwC Luxembourg


John Parkhouse is the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Luxembourg.


John Parkhouse is responsible for leading the Firm and its Executive Board. In addition, he manages a number of key client relationships.

Working experience:

John Parkhouse has been in Luxembourg since 1994 and was admitted as a partner in 1999. During this time, he has served many of the leading asset managers and was appointed as Asset Management Leader for PwC in Luxembourg in 2007 before assuming EMEA responsibility in 2010. He has also worked closely with the Luxembourg Fund Industry Associations and was chair of the Investment Fund Committee of the European and Luxembourg Institute of Directors. Before coming to Luxembourg, John worked with PwC in New York and trained in the UK.


  • Réviseur d’entreprises agréé,
  • Expert-comptable,
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik - Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Dani Rodrik is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He rejoined the Kennedy School in July 2015 after two years at the Institute for Advanced Study as the Albert O. Hirschman Professor in the School of Social Science.

Professor Rodrik is an economist whose research covers globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council, and honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and Latin America. He is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), and the Center for Global Development among other research organizations. He is currently President-Elect of the International Economic Association.

Professor Rodrik's newest book is Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (2017). He is also the author of Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (W.W. Norton, 2015) and The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (W.W. Norton, 2011). His articles have been published in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and other academic journals.

His previous books include One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007), The New Global Economy and Developing Countries: Making Openness Work (1999), and Has Globalization Gone Too Far? (1997). Professor Rodrik's monthly columns on global affairs appear on Project Syndicate.

Professor Rodrik holds a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. from Harvard College.

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André Sapir

André Sapir - Senior Fellow Bruegel; Economics Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles

André Sapir, a Belgian citizen, is University Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Senior Fellow of Bruegel, the Brussels-based think tank. He is also Research Fellow of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Previously, he has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the College of Europe in Bruges, and has been a visiting fellow at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

Between 1990 and 2004 he was on leave of absence from ULB and employed by the European Commission, first (1990-2001) as Economic Advisor to the Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, and then (2001-2004) as Principal Economic Advisor to President Romano Prodi and Executive Director of his Economic Advisory Group.

After leaving the Commission in January 2005, he returned to ULB and also joined the newly - established Bruegel think tank. During that period, he served first (2005-2009) as External Member of President Barroso's Economic Advisory Group and then (2011-2015) as Member of the General Board (and Chair of the Advisory Scientific Committee) of the European Systemic Risk Board based at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

André Sapir has written extensively on European integration, international trade, and globalisation. His most-cited books include: An Agenda for a Growing Europe: The Sapir Report and Economic Policy in EMU, both published by Oxford University Press. His most-cited articles include: "Globalization and the Reform of European Social Models" (Journal of Common Market Studies) and "Beyond the WTO? An Anatomy of EU and US Preferential Trade Agreements" (The World Economy).

In 1977, he received his PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he worked under the supervision of Béla Balassa. He is an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

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Étienne Schneider

Étienne Schneider - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy

Étienne Schneider was born on 29 January 1971 in Dudelange.

Education and qualifications

Following secondary school studies at the Lycée technique Nic Biever in Dudelange and subsequently the Lycée technique d’Esch-sur-Alzette, Étienne Schneider pursued higher education studies at the Institut catholique des hautes études commerciales (ICHEC) in Brussels and at Greenwich University in London, where he was awarded a degree in commercial and financial sciences in 1995.

Governmental posts

Étienne Schneider joined the government in February 2012 as Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade in the coalition government formed by the Christian Social Party (CSV) and the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP).

Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Étienne Schneider was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Defence on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the LSAP and the Green Party ("déi gréng").

After the legislative elections of 14 October 2018, Étienne Schneider was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy and Minister of Health on 5 December 2018 in the coalition government formed by the DP, the LSAP and "déi gréng".

Other political posts

A member of the LSAP since 1991, Étienne Schneider was a municipal councillor in Kayl from 1995 to 2005. Following the municipal elections of 2005, he was elected first alderman, a mandate he held until 2010.

From 1997 to 2004, he assumed the role of secretary general of the LSAP parliamentary group in Parliament.

Professional activities

From 1995 to 1996, Étienne Schneider was a research assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels.

From 1996 to 1997, he held the role of economist for the LSAP parliamentary group in Parliament.

In 1997, he served as a project leader with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Brussels.

In 2004, Étienne Schneider was appointed government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible primarily for the Directorates of Energy, E-Commerce and IT/Data Security.

In 2009, he was appointed senior government advisor to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, responsible for the Directorates of Economic Development, Infrastructures and Energy. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the Directorate General of Economic Development, Industry and Businesses.

Upon proposal of the government and in light of his roles within the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade, Étienne Schneider became a member of the executive board of several companies. In 2005, he was appointed chairman and managing director of the Société électrique de l’Our (SEO). Having led the negotiations that resulted in the creation of the company Enovos in 2010, Étienne Schneider, chairman of the executive board of Cegedel SA since 2004, was subsequently appointed chairman of Enovos International SA and Enovos Deutschland AG. He was also appointed chairman and managing director of grid company Creos in 2010.

In late 2010, he was appointed to the role of vice-chairman of the National Credit and Investment Company (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement – SNCI).

Upon being appointed minister in February 2012, Étienne Schneider resigned from all the above posts.

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Carlo Thelen

Carlo Thelen - Director General, Chamber of Commerce of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Carlo Thelen, 47, is the Director General of the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg.

After receiving his master's degree in economics from the University of Louvain in Belgium, he joined the Chamber of Commerce in 1996 as an economic adviser. Carlo Thelen has been a member of the Executive Committee since August 2003. Before his appointment as Director General in January 2014, Carlo Thelen held the positions of Director of Economic Affairs, Director of International Affairs and Chief Economist, a position he still holds today.

Carlo Thelen is the author of several articles and strategic papers of the Chamber of Commerce and has managed a noteworthy experts' blog he created two years ago. In his blog (, Carlo Thelen takes a close look at major economic issues of our time. Apart from his economic expertise, Carlo Thelen has extensive experience in promoting the Luxembourg economy abroad. In his capacity as Director of International Affairs, he took part in numerous state visits and economic missions abroad where he repeatedly presented the benefits and advantages of Luxembourg as an investment location.

He represents the Chamber of Commerce and the interests of Luxembourg companies in working groups and councils as well as in other organisations.

Besides his professional responsibilities, Carlo Thelen is also active in various associations and is the secretary general of the "Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte".

Carlo Thelen is married and has three sons.

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