The American Business Association of Luxembourg (ABAL) was established in the early 1960s as a forum for the American business community and has ever since organized luncheons on the first Monday of each month to allow attendees to network and hear a speaker of interest.
ABAL is a committee of AMCHAM, its members reflecting the international character of Luxembourg’s business community. It includes AMCHAM members as well as individual corporate executives, financial services professionals, legal practitioners, diplomats, entrepreneurs and retirees. Individual membership is free and can be made on application to the AMCHAM office.
GSK Stockmann S.A., Caroline Mühlfenzl
Karine Reuter, Etude Notaire Karine Reuter
Committee Co- Chairs:
Keimpe Reitsma, Altum Luxembourg S.A.
Gareth Reynolds – Kinetic
Anne Chavee, ING
Sandra Legrand, Alter Domus
Bakhtiyar Mammadov, CorpSec professional
Karl Pardaens, Elvinger Hoss Prussen
ComIT’s mission is to foster the development of Luxembourg as a competence center for IT and Telecom in the Greater Region and provide an international networking platform to IT & Telecom professionals in Luxembourg.
Angela Nickel, COMO Global S.A.
Gary Cywie, Elvinger Hoss Prussen S.A.
Phil Frimpong, J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.
Serge Hanssens, PwC Luxembourg
Marco Houwen, HighCapital
Patrick Laurent, Deloitte
Tom Kettels, LuxConnect S.A.
Lorenz Meis, Telindus
Gilles Vanderweyen, PwC Luxembourg
Peter Sodermans, Digital Lëtzebuerg
The AMCHAM Diversity Committee exists as a vehicle for discussing and promoting diversity-related best practices in companies in Luxembourg. The committee will inform about topics related to gender; generational issues impacing young, mid-career and older employees; multiculturalism and multilingualism.
Diversity management is not easy, but the proven benefits in terms of employee satisfaction and bottom line profits make the efforts worthwhile.
Vinciane Istace, PwC Luxembourg
Laure Amoyel, OLAI
Margot Parra, ISL
Luiza Sosna, Commune de Strassen
Sabrina Bodson, Backer & McKenzie
AMCHAM’s Education Committee is comprised of representatives of a number of public and private schools in Luxembourg who offer instruction and a curriculum in English, either exclusively or in a specific section. The committee also has a representative of the Ministry of Education. The aim of the Committee is to share information between schools and the Ministry on the current situation of education in English in Luxembourg as well as to look at the future trends and developments of such education in the Grand Duchy. It is currently co-chaired by the Director of the International School of Luxembourg and the Principal of St George’s International School.
Christian Barkei, St. George’s International School
Christopher Chapman, Lycée Michel Lucius
David J. Condon, International School of Luxembourg
Pascal Petry, Lycée Michel Lucius
Daniel Redinger, Lycée Michel Lucius
Carlo Klein, Lycée Athénée de Luxembourg
Christophe Buffin, United Business Institutes (UBI-Luxembourg)
Martin Wedel, European School Lux I (Kirchberg)
Per Frithiofson, European School Lux II (Mamer)
Gerard Zens, EIDE-Int’l School of Differdange & Esch
Elisabeth daSilva, EIDE-Int’l School of Differdange & Esch
Veronica Afonso, EIDE-Int’l School of Differdange & Esch
Tom Nober, Lenster Lycée – Junglinster
Christine Laroche, Lenster Lycée – Junglinster
Simone Muller, Lycée Athenée de Luxembourg
Joanne Goebbels, Lycée Athenée de Luxembourg
Theo Thill, Lycée Privé Emile Metz
The mission of the Entrepreneur Committee is to facilitate, encourage and promote entrepreneurial, activity and success in Luxembourg and beyond, especially for English-speaking entrepreneurs in Luxembourg.
Its objectives are as follows:
-To be a resource for educating and assisting all entrepreneurs
-To help change mind-sets and foster the entrepreneurship spirit
-To host events and publish articles focusing on issues impacting the entrepreneur community
-To be a reference for businesses to source service providers
-To lobby with the government on issues related to entrepreneurs
-To interface and collaborate with Luxembourg agencies and organizations supporting entrepreneurs
Giovanni Patri, Phoenici
Keith Hopper, Edenholm Hopper Services
Charlotte Christensen , Fintocat
Virginia Anderson – Matrix
Karen van Hout – OF WOOD
Steve Idrissou -Atoz
Stéphane Compain , LuxRelo Vitalij Farafonov , LetterOne
Isabel Holguera-Vera –
Menachem Tabanpour- Gener8tor
Ester Celosse – Return2Career
Gaspar Kocsis – Bondweaver
The purpose and goals of the Financial Services Committee are to promote Luxembourg/American financial services business opportunities through information exchange and regulatory lobbying activities in the interests of AMCHAM members working in the Luxembourg Financial Services Sector and doing business either in Luxembourg and/or in the U.S.
The Committee will work on topical issues which are relevant and significant to businesses. By raising awareness, stimulating debate and lobbying for change, it hopes to further strengthen the Luxembourg financial market and make the Luxembourg economy more competitive.
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Francis Kass, Arendt & Medernach
Jonas Bossau, Citibank
Emmanuel Chataingnier, PwC Luxembourg
Michael Eichmueller de Souza, KPMG
Bernard Lhoest, Ernst & Young
Emmanuelle Miette, Deloitte
Riccardo Lamanna, State Street
Camille Thommes, ALFI
Bethan Thompson, JP Morgan
Michael Schweiger, Amazon
Johan de Breucker, ING
Guillaume Marsaud, BOSWM
Anne-Pascale Malrechauffe, Crearstream
The Human Resources (HR) Committee of AMCHAM Luxembourg is a forum of experienced business professionals and HR practitioners who offer guidance and thought leadership in all matters related to HR management. It provides AMCHAM members as well as other actors in the business community with a platform to discuss and facilitate solutions for issues faced within the HR environment in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. It is also committed to enhance cooperation within the European AMCHAM network.
The Committee’s activities are built around six objectives:
Raising of professional standards within the English-speaking HR community and the promotion of an active HR management
Elevation of the HR management function within companies and in the business community
Development of closer ties of co-operation between HR experts in the business sectors and their counterparts in government
Research and development of HR best practices and lobbying for their adoption
Advocacy on behalf of quality of life issues impacting the international working community
Networking within the HR community in order to enhance and facilitate understanding and cooperation.
It is essential to always keep abreast with newest developments and innovative HR management approaches, often based on successful implementation in the international market outside Luxembourg, specifically in the United States. Thus, the HR Committee is dedicating a great effort to keep the community informed about cutting edge in the field.
Gilles Dall’Agnol, Allen & Overy
Petra Silber – Leroux, EFG
Wim Cocquyt, FRAGOMEN
Anthony Mellinger, J.P. Morgan
Andrew Notter, Anderson Wise
Tracy Ries, State Street
Sylvia Rohde-Liebenau, EIB
Sylvie Schmit-Verbrugghen, European Relocation Services
Philippe Schmit, Arendt & Medernach
Michael Schmirler, ClearStream
Rachel Mccoduck, GEN2FUND
Duncan W.A. Neighbour, Nothern Trust
Simon Gorbutt, Lombard International Assurance S.A.
Jérôme Wiwinius, Lalux Assurances
Thomas Brazil, SI Insurance (Europe)
Germaine Brabants, Wealins
Clément Guyot, AIG
Simon Wirth, Jonathan Hewitt, Ornesa Celomema, TransRe Europe
Dirk Billemon, Bineta Oosterhaven, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe
Matt Moran, PwC Luxembourg
Robert Goerend, Luther
Bob Scharfe, Luther
Matthieu Taillandier, Arendt & Medernach
Lauren Harris, Clifford Chance
Mathilde Lattard, Loyens & Loeff
Elisabeth Adam, Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Philipp Mössner, GSK Luxembourg
Gilles Heckel, Backer & McKenzie
Cristinea Tenu, Intertrust
Max Loehr, MCM Avocats
Heinen Raoul, Linklaters
Jaanika Topkin, Cafico International
The Marketing Committee was launched in 2012 because we think there is an opportunity to share marketing best practices and new marketing trends. The goal of the Marketing Committee is to help Luxembourg-based enterprises expand their horizons and position themselves in order to make more profit and achieve greater success. We are convinced this is achievable by getting their marketing right, both here in Luxembourg and globally.
We will try through the Marketing Committee to help our members and friends get a better understanding about social media, mobile platforms, generation Y and other marketing trends. The Marketing Committee sorts this all for you by organizing useful seminars about trending topics in Marketing in order to collectively further our expertise in the full range of cost-effective current and future cutting-edge marketing strategies and tactics.
We will do our very best to help you succeed in your marketing efforts.
Barbara Daroca, ING
Troy Bankhead, Techcyte
Holly Whatling, Atoz
Geoff Thompson, Chronicle.lu
Hélène Thouvenin, PwC Luxembourg
Marie-Hélène Trouillez, Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg
Gregory Tugendhat, Regiotels
Cédric Delahaye, Dentons
The real estate market in Luxembourg is dynamic, changing fast and attractive.
It is challenging for international companies wishing to settle in Luxembourg to find suitable, affordable temporary and long-term facilities and support. Likewise, for international employees locating here, suitable living accommodations for both single persons and families can be expensive and in short supply.
The role of the AMCHAM Real Estate Committee is to help companies and their employees find solutions to these problems. We also support additional inward investment into Luxembourg and believe the critical issues associated with accommodations warrant such a committee of respected experts who have the full range of competencies related to the real estate business.
As real estate professionals, our committee members organise their activities to include all of the issues related to the difficulties of the real estate market and environment in Luxembourg.
Our purpose is to simplify the process for new arrivals and investors, connect them with the right platforms, partners and focus on making their business, professional and private lives easier in Luxembourg.
Our committee group, experts in this sector, can be relied on to research and inform our members, both old and new, of issues and necessary solutions through several AMCHAM events, white papers with suggested improvements and changes to government practices and policies, as well as assistance to the AMCHAM EXCO to lobby the government.
Mario Di Stefano, DSM Avocats à la Cour
Brigitte Brouwers, CLK Home
Stephane Di Carlo, EGB Interior Design
Julien Pillot, INOWAI
Michael Chidiac, RealCorp
Manuel Rizzo, Riman Immobilien
Tomas Tobolka, Vistra Fund Management
Jean-Francois Trapp, Baker & McKenzie
Thierry Flies, Schroeder & Associés
Andrea G. Manoli, Vistra
Pierre Wauthier, Arendt Regulatory & Consulting
Jana Fiedler, Encevo / Enovos Luxembourg
Claude May, Halian
Tom Girardin, Pétillances
Valentine Biemans, GenII Fund Services
Sophie Icher, Molitor Avocats
Stacey VanderHeiden Güney, Arcelor Mittal
Canan Mine Kocgil, Amazon
Petre Bica, Learning Distillery
Tanya Irene, International School of Luxembourg -ISL
Frédéric Hiéronimus, BGL BNP Paribas
Eric Sjögren, Luxair
The AMCHAM Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee (RACC) is the composition of professionals who are specialized in Control Functions (2nd and 3rd lines of Defences)
RACC vision is mainly keeping, but not limited to, regulated sectors professionals up-to-date about the impacts of the changes in their professional duties, by bringing the industry experts together.
To assess the impact of new laws, regulations and directives.
To produce timely information about regulatory developments for the market and our members.
To discuss proactively with regulator about the upcoming changes & new circulars, where appropriate.
Ted Anderson, Ernst & Young
Mehtap Numanoglu Tasiopoulos, BBH
Sarah Larijani, EIB
Anne-Sophie Minaldo, KPMG
Manfred Zisselsberger, Consultant
Sebastien Leleu, KPMG
Melanie Delannoy, Kleos/GovSat
Philipp Mößner, GSK
Heribert Krämer, Kleos
Gary Cywie, Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Jaroslaw Jarowski, RedWire
Fabrice Testa, Maana Electrics
Sigrid Heirbrant, Nautadutilh
André de Brito, SES
Julien-Alexandre Lalammy, ispace
The objectives and goals of the Tax Committee are to provide members with updated and relevant information regarding legal and tax issues impacting foreign investors in Luxembourg.
The Committee organizes seminars to promote understanding of these issues, provides information on investment opportunities in Luxembourg and encourages continued investment and cooperation between American and Luxembourgish companies.
The Committee also seeks to work actively with government officials to improve the tax and legal climate for foreign investors and promote further cooperation between the United States and Luxembourg.
Bernard David, Deloitte
Pierre-Antoine Klethi, Loyens & Loeff
Fabien Hautier, PwC
Anja Taferner, EY
Vincent Remy, EY
Edouard Authamayou, Deloitte
Diogo Oliveira, Baker & McKenzie
Antonio Weffer, Baker & McKenzie
Emilien Lebas, KPMG
Sandrine Degreve, KPMG
David Eisele, Arcelormittal
Claudia Centoni, Amazon
Simon Graddon, Amazon
Youlia Picard, SES
Tim Peeters, SES
Alexandru Cernat, Adient
Antoine Berckmans, Walmart
Mike Driscoll, Koch Business Services
Fergal Ryan, Kerry
David Crean, Kerry
Ioan Sabau, goodyear
Francis De Cannière, goodyear
Jacques Wantz, DLA Piper
Luis Munoz, DLA Piper
Jan Neugebauer, Arendt & Medernach
Salvador Sens, Medtronic
Pierre-Régis Dukmedjian , Simmons & Simmons
Florent Trouiller, Norton Rose Fulbright
The Mission of the Tools4Lux Committee is to provide information, assistance and support to expats living and working in Luxembourg, when they first arrive, during the initial first period of their relocation to help achieve a smooth transition and avoid making big and expensive mistakes and then throughout the entire period of their living and working in Luxembourg as they seek to successfully establish themselves, fit in and then gradually achieve full integration with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Luxembourg way of life, culture and traditions over time.
Welcome to Luxembourg!
You have so many questions – but who do you ask, who can you trust and who can help you communicate in a place with so many languages? You need to find somewhere to live, open a bank account, set up your internet connection, get insurance, find a doctor, shop for food and so much more, and all of this while you are trying to understand a new and different culture and way of doing things… Most of all, you really want to get to know, interact and become friends with others who have already experienced and overcome the same challenges, as well as those who are experiencing the same issues and who share your interests, concerns and hobbies.
AMCHAM Luxembourg’s Tools4Lux is a place where you can connect with other global minds, meet and exchange information with others who have faced the same challenges and become part of a welcoming international community of open-minded individuals to share experiences and find solutions. Tools4Lux offers you a world of opportunities to network, to find friends, to explore your new surroundings. It is a space full of useful advice from both fellow expats and knowledgeable locals, both now and going forward.
Welcome to Luxembourg! Welcome to AMCHAM Luxembourg’s Tools4Lux! We are here for you and your family as you start this exciting journey of adventure and discovery and throughout the entire period of your integration into this wonderful small country in the heart of Europe!
Simône van Schouwenburg, BCEE
Denise Chambers, Vialto
Olivier Theis, Lalux
Vania Henry, ACL
Phillipe Solomon, consultant
Bakhtiyar Mamedov, Relocation Consultant
Sabina Mammadova, Motivational Trainer
Martina Meinhold, Management Mobility Consulting
Christopher Juste, Treetop Asset Management
Our Mission Statement:
The Mission of the Ukrainian Relocation and Support Initiative (URSI) Committee is to help Ukrainians forced to leave their country and move to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Our aim is to ensure you are integrated into Luxembourg society as harmoniously as possible and find yourself in a new place.
The Committee also provides all Ukrainians on temporary protection or refugee status with an opportunity to take a part in a free Orientation Courses for Newcomers, as well as receive informational support that will help newly arrived Ukrainians go through administrative procedures to make their transition as smooth as possible.
May you now feel safe, protected, and secure in our small and wonderful country Luxembourg. We are happy to have you and may all your troubles and pain be left in the past, and all your dreams be realized in a great country that has a lot to offer to include diversity, integration, and resilience.
We perfectly understand how difficult it is to move to a new country without having an idea about local laws and regulations. It is even more difficult when you move to a new country against your own free will due to tragic circumstances. The lack of knowledge of local languages makes going through even the simplest procedures more difficult. We are here to guide you giving you advice that will show you the right direction and navigate you in a more effective way. Our Committee was also created to connect displaced Ukrainians with each other and help you not only find friends and business partners among foreigners, but also help each other on a volunteer basis.
We are sorry for the fear and pain you have gone through previously. In most difficult times, people should unite and help each other. It’s easier to get through life’s circumstances together, and that’s why we, as the AMCHAM Luxembourg, decided to create a Committee helping you get answers to questions that we are sure you have a lot. We will do our best to make you feel at home in Luxembourg and gain confidence in the future.
We care for you with open arms, an open mind and every good wish for a safe and successful future in this great country of ours, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Everyone is welcome, valued and loved. Luxembourg is your home now and we are your Family!
Bakhtiyar Mamedov, Relocation consultant
Violeta Claus, Owner at Violeta Smile Design
Petkivska Maryna, Psychologist, Head of the Public Organization Family Basis of Society (Ukraine)
Serhii Hytchenko Lawyer
Svitlana Hytchenko Lawyer