Pierre Gurdjian

Full Board Member

President of the Board of Directors of the Free University of Brussels

Pierre has recently joined the RVVZ Foundation as Philanthropy Partner, focusing on the Foundation’s global philanthropic initiatives. RVVZ Foundation seeks to establish innovative and transformative ways to change the world through territory development and educational progress.

Before that, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was active for 27 years. He was the Managing Partner of the Belgian-Luxemburgian office between 2005 and 2012, after which he took the international responsibility of the Human Capital Service Line in EMEA. In this capacity, he served his clients on building personal and institutional leadership capabilities. He was regularly involved in counseling CEO's and Chairpersons on governance matters and issues of cultural change and effectiveness of top teams. He was an active senior faculty member of several high profile client leadership forums (Bower Forum, Executive Transition workshop, Change Leaders workshop).

Pierre was also very involved in internal learning programs for Senior Partners as the co-Dean of the pivotal program "Counseling Masterclass", in collaboration with leading academics from INSEAD and Harvard University.

He has had extensive experience serving clients in industrial and consumer industries on matters of strategy, organization, operations and large scale transformations across geographies, including post-merger integrations.

Pierre is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO) and is the President of the Board of Directors of YouthStart Belgium (formerly known as NFTE Belgium), and is Past President of the Harvard Club of Belgium. He has a passion for philosophy around which he has developed an innovative leadership development program ("Leadership and Wisdom"). He teaches a graduate course on "The CEO Perspective" at the Solvay Business School of the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

He has been an active participant in the creation and development of the "Armenia 2020" Think Tank.

Pierre is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Free University of Brussels, one of Belgium’s largest universities.

Pierre has a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He also served as an Armored Cavalry Reserve Officer in the Belgian Armed Forces.