Biographies Belgian representatives


Nathalie Francken

Alternate Executive Director (IBRD, IDA, IFC) and Director (MIGA)

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Since November 1, 2018, Nathalie Francken is the Alternate Executive Director at the International Bank for the Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA) and International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Director for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) for the Constituency composed of Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Turkey (EDS10).

Prior to joining the WBG, Nathalie Francken chaired the Board of Directors of the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel). She also served as Advisor on Agriculture and Food Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation of Belgium. Last, she was a Research Manager at the Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) at the Catholic University of Leuven. She has field experience from various developing countries and was a Young Professional and Economist at the African Development Bank. She has carried out numerous assignments as advisor, consultant, and researcher for the Cornell University Food and Nutrition Policy Program, the Government of Madagascar, Irish Aid, UNICEF, FAO, and the World Bank. Her research on development economics focuses on public finance, service delivery, food and nutrition security, and the social implications of the natural resource curse. She has published in several peer reviewed international journals, including World Development and Energy Policy.

Nathalie Francken earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Masters of Science in Economics and Agricultural Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. 

Marlène Beco

Director’s Senior Advisor

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Since November 1, 2018, Marlène Beco is the Belgian Director’s senior Advisor at the World Bank Group for the EDS10.

After an experience at the European Commission within the DG Research and Innovation, Unit Renewable Energy Sources, Marlène Beco joined, in 2008, the private Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, where she acted as Advisor to the Minister.

She was in charge of the European Economic and Financial Affairs Council meetings, of issues related to the International Monetary Fund and Development Banks, as well as Finexpo. In 2011, she moved to the private office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She stayed in charge of economic and financial issues (free trade agreements and economic diplomacy) as well as development cooperation. For two years, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian public Credit Insurer Credendo. In 2016, she joined the Interamerican Development Bank Group (IDBG) as Alternate Executive Director.

Marlène Beco received a Master in Political Sciences from the University of Brussels, a postgraduate diploma in European Affairs and International relations from the University of Liege and a Master in Management from HEC Management School. 

Heidy Rombouts

Director’s Advisor

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Since November 1, 2018, Heidy Rombouts is the Belgian Director’s Advisor at the World Bank Group for the EDS10.

Heidy Rombouts has been working in the field of international development cooperation for almost 20 years, in various roles, multiple countries and with a variety of organizations, ranging from non-profit and academic to bi- and multilateral. As an academic and policy advisor at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (UA / Beleidsondersteunend Steunpunt) she gained solid expertise in the contemporary aid architecture, fragility, social inclusion, security and governance. At the implementation level she worked with the Belgian Technical Cooperation (now Enabel) at the Brussels headquarters and in Mali and continued as a GIZ team leader in Kenya.  In 2015 she joined the team of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association as project coordinator. She is an acknowledged public speaker and has researched, published, and consulted widely in her field.
Heidy Rombouts received her Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from University of Antwerp and a Master of Laws and Master in Sociology from the Catholic University of Leuven. 



Director’s Advisor

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Since October 2018, Michaël Boseret is the Belgian Director’s Junior Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank for the Constituency composed of Belgium, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland and for the Constituency composed of Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC/IDB Invest).

In October 2018, Michaël Boseret joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as Junior Advisor and held simultaneously, until June 2019, the position of Alternate Executive Director for Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), rebranded as IDB Invest since November 2017.

Prior to joining the IDB, Michaël worked for 3 years at the Administration of the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance, where he ensured representation of the Ministry and Belgium in several Committees dealing with financial, budgetary and economic matters at European and international levels. During this period, Michaël was additionally the Desk Officer for Belgium at the European Stability Mechanism.

Michaël Boseret gained experience in international economic and financial matters through various positions in the public and private sectors.

Before a traineeship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michaël supported the Trade and Economic Department of the EU Delegation to Colombia in the implementation of the Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia. He also worked for a consulting company (DevStat) in Spain on the preparation and implementation of international projects in the fields of Statistics and Business and Policy Intelligence.

Michaël Boseret holds a Bachelor and Master’s in Economics from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles) as well as an Advanced Master’s in European Studies and an Advanced Master’s in Financial Risk Management from Saint-Louis University in Brussels, Belgium. Michaël is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has good command of Dutch.


Denis Dubuisson

Director’s Senior Advisor

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Since April 2017, Denis Dubuisson is the Belgian Director’s Senior Advisor at the African Development Bank Group (ADBG) for the Constituency composed of Belgium, France and Spain.

Previously, he worked in the private office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation and in various Belgian non-profit organizations in the field of international development. Denis Dubuisson has been working for the past 25 years in the field of international development, in a variety of responsibilities such as scientific research, program management, quality management, organizational capacity building, or policymaking.  His areas of expertise include the design of impactful development programs and policies in an African context.  

Denis Dubuisson received a Master in Development Economics from the University of Namur.


Stefany Knoll

Director’s Advisor

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Since July 2017, Stefany Knoll is the Belgian Director’s Advisor at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Constituency composed of Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.

Before joining ADB, Stefany gained expertise in international development, international economics and financial matters through her work experience within the Belgian Ministry of Finance. As a desk officer for Multilateral Development Banks within the International and European Financial Affairs Department of the Belgian Treasury, Stefany advanced her knowledge on International Financial Institutions.

In 2011 she started her working career as a trainee within the European Parliament where she gained understanding of European Affairs and Institutions.

Stefany earned a Bachelor and a Master in Economic Sciences with a specialization in International Relations from Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel (HUB) and Corvinus University Budapest. Stefany is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Hungarian.



Executive director

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David Avarello has been providing advisory service for public entities for the past 2 decades. After starting off his career as at ING Capital Markets he joined the Office of the Belgian Finance Minister and Deputy-Prime Minister as an   in house Advisor focussing primarily on Financial Markets’ regulation and the active management of Public Participations.

He then moved to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as an Advisor to the Belgian Director and gained notably deeper insight into CEE Emerging economies and eastern European markets.

At the outset of the financial crisis in 2008 Mr Avarello supported the newly formed Banking Sector Steering Committee in Brussels set up to assist the Belgian government in his rescue actions and later, its Policy responses to the banking crisis whilst continuing his mission at the EBRD.

Mr Avarello was appointed Senior Economic and Financial Adviser to the Prime Minister of Belgium in 2014. During this period, David notably led the negotiations, on behalf of Belgium, on the Greek sovereign crisis. David also chaired the Board of the National Committee for Pension Reforms (public sector) for the period 2016-2017.

Mr Avarello was instrumental in setting up and delivering a new State Participations Management Policy and acted as a lead on several large Capital Markets transactions on behalf of the Belgian State.  

He has been serving as Executive Member of the Board of the EBRD since June 2017 and has chaired the Operation Committee of the Bank for the period 2018-2019

Mr Avarello holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Finance and QE from the University of London (UCL), Birkbeck School of Economics (UK), a Master’s Degree in European Law from the University of Gent (Belgium) and a Degree in Law from the University of Liège (Belgium).

Bruno Debergh

Director’s Advisor

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Since July 2019, Bruno Debergh is the Belgian Director’s Advisor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the Constituency composed of Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovenia.

After several years at the Ministry of Agriculture, where he was responsible for following and monitoring issues related to the Single Market project, Bruno Debergh joined in 1994 the Debt Department of the Belgian Treasury. His responsibilities there were, amongst others, foreign currency funding and associated derivative transactions, pricing financial contracts and the design of a credit risk management system.

From October 1998 up to July 2019, Bruno was Deputy Director for Strategy and Risk Management at the Belgian Debt Agency, where he supervised a small team which formulates the annual strategy for the Belgian public debt and which monitors the market and credit risk inherent in managing that debt.

Over the years Bruno Debergh has done a number of consulting missions related to debt management for institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF and the European Commission. And he has regularly advised a number of Belgian public institutions – Finexpo, NIRAS and the General Administration of Taxation - in matters of finance and risk management.

Bruno Debergh holds a Master in German Philology from the University of Ghent and a Special Master in Economics from the University of Brussels.



Executive director

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Anthony De Lannoy, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, has long experience in international economic and financial topics.

Mr. De Lannoy joined the Executive Board of the IMF on November 1, 2016.  As one of the 24 Executive Directors he represents Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, and Ukraine. 

Between November 2014 and October 2016 Mr. De Lannoy worked for the Belgian Minister of Finance, first serving as Financial Sector Advisor and as of April 2015 as Deputy Director Economic and Financial Policy. As Deputy Director he led a team of advisors with expertise in public finances, the financial sector, and international economic policy. Mr. De Lannoy was also a member of the Strategic Committee of the Belgian Debt Agency, and between April 2015 and January 2016 he was a rapporteur in the High Level Expert Group on the Future of the Belgian Financial Sector. 

Before joining the office of the Minister of Finance Mr. De Lannoy worked at the National Bank of Belgium in the Prudential Policy and Financial Stability Department. 

Between October 2009 and April 2014 Mr. De Lannoy was appointed as an Advisor to the Executive Director at the IMF, first in the former Belgian Constituency and later in the Dutch-Belgian Constituency. While at the IMF he joined several Article IV and FSAP missions to Belgium. 

Before going to the IMF Mr. De Lannoy held the position of International Economic and Financial Policy Advisor to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance from March 2006 until August 2009. His responsibilities included topics related to ECOFIN, the IMF, the World Bank, and other Multilateral Development Banks. Between July 2004 and March 2006 Mr. De Lannoy worked in the International Cooperation and Financial Stability Department at the National Bank of Belgium.

Mr. De Lannoy began his career working for the Belgian NGO Trias as Microfinance Advisor in the

Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003-2004 and as a financial and country risk analyst in the International Risk Analysis Department at KBC Bank from August 2000 to March 2003, where he assisted in developing the bank’s response to the Turkish crises of end 2000 and early 2001. 

Mr. De Lannoy holds a Master’s degree in International Business Economics from the KU Leuven and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp. ​