Luc Coene

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Person.png Luc Coene  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(central banker, economist)
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Born11 March 1947
Died5 January 2017 (Age 69)
Alma materGhent University, College of Europe
Member ofTrilateral Commission
Belgian central banker

Employment.png Governor of the National Bank of Belgium

In office
April 2011 - 11 March 2015
Preceded byGuy Quaden
Succeeded byJan Smets

Luc Coene[1] was a Belgian economist. He was Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) from April 2011 until March 2015. He was a member of the Trilateral Commission and attended the 2009 and 2011 Bilderberg meetings.


Luc Coene was born in Ghent and graduated in economics at Ghent University in 1970 (Ghent, Belgium) and obtained a postgraduate diploma in European economic integration at the College of Europe in 1971 (Bruges).[2]


He started his career at the NBB in July 1973, where he worked at the Research Department (Information division) until May 1976. From May 1976 until November 1979 he worked at the Foreign Department (International Agreements division) of the NBB. From November 1979 until February 1985, worked as Assistant to the Belgian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He worked as Deputy chef de cabinet to the Minister of Finance from February 1985 until November 1985 and Chef de cabinet to the Vice-Premier and Minister for the Budget from November 1985 until May 1988.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the IMF from June 1988 until November 1988 and an Economic adviser at the ECFIN Directorate of the European Commission from January 1989 until January 1992. From February 1992 until October 1995 he worked for the NBB at the Foreign Department as Adviser to the head of department.

From November 1995 until July 1999, he was a Senator for the VLD in the Belgian Senate and subsequently Chef de cabinet to the Prime Minister and Secretary to the Council of Ministers from July 1999 until September 2001. From September 2001 until August 2003 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chancellery of, Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Secretary to the Council of Ministers.

From August 2003, he became a Director and Deputy Governor of the NBB for a 6-year term. On 1 April 2011 he was appointed Governor until 11 March 2015.[3] He was succeeded by Jan Smets. In March 2015 he was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB for a period of 5 years.[4]

He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Itinera Institute think-tank.[5]

In March 2015 he became a member of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the ECB's banking supervision mechanism directly supervising large banks.[6]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/200914 May 200917 May 2009Greece
The 57th Bilderberg
Bilderberg/20119 June 201112 June 2011Switzerland
Hotel Suvretta
St. Moritz
59th meeting, in Switzerland, 129 guests
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
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