Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council

Elected as the first full-time President of the European Council in November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy took office when the Lisbon Treaty came into force on December 1, 2009. In 2012, he was re-elected for a second term starting on June 1, 2012 through November 30, 2014.
 
At the time of his first election, President Van Rompuy was Prime Minister of Belgium. Prior to that, he had served in Belgium as Speaker of the House of Representatives (2007-2008) and in several government positions, including as Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Budget (1993-1999), Minister of State (2004) and Secretary of State for Finance and Small Businesses (1988).
 
A former economist at the National Bank of Belgium, President Van Rompuy began his political career in 1973 as national vice-president of his party's youth council. He has held various responsibilities within his party and in the Belgian Parliament, serving in turn as Senator (1988-1995) and Member of Parliament (1995-2009).
 
President Van Rompuy holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Master in Applied Economics from the university K.U. Leuven. He was born in Etterbeek, Belgium, on October 31, 1947, and is married to Geertrui Windels; they have four children and four grandchildren.

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Participated In

His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

Date: September 24, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
Description: This World Leaders Forum program features a conversation between His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Professor Victoria de Grazia, Columbia University's Moore Collegiate Professor of History, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.