Vincent Van Quickenborne
City of Kortrijk
Vincent Van Quickenborne is currently Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium. He also holds the portfolio of Minister of Pensions. Prior, he served as a Junior Minister in charge of Regulatory Reform (2003-2007) and as Minister of Economy, Reform, Telecom, ICT, Postal Services and Innovation (2007-2011) in the Belgian Federal Government. Van Quickenborne gained international recognition for his fight against red tape under the umbrella of his “Kafka Campaign against Administrative Burden”. He managed to propel Belgium into the top league of the World Bank's Doing Business report for the ease of starting up a company. From 1999-2003, he served as the then youngest Senator in the Belgian Parliament. Before entering politics, Van Quickenborne was a business and finance lawyer in Brussels. He holds a degree in Law from the University of Leuven.