18 June 2018
Last week Fulbright alumni came together in Luxembourg City for a Fulbright Eat & Meet luncheon with a distinguished alumnae of the Fulbright Program in Luxembourg, Ms. Françoise Thoma. Ms. Thoma, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat Luxembourg, agreed to host a Fulbright Eat & Meet after having been interviewed by historian Dr. Jane Judge, a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven, as part of the Seventy Years of Fulbright alumni anniversary project. As part of this project, Dr. Judge has interviewed dozens of alumni, recording their stories and cataloging their memorabilia to understand and document their stories in more detail.
The lunch was attended by a diverse mixture of current U.S. Fulbrighters to Luxembourg, program stakeholders, and Fulbright alumni from around the world currently living and working in Luxembourg. The group was also joined by Chargé d’Affaires Kerri S. Hannan of the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg and Executive Director Erica Lutes of the Fulbright Commission in Brussels.
About the Speaker
Françoise Thoma is a Luxembourg national, born 1969. She studied Law and Political Science in Luxembourg, Paris and Harvard, and holds a Doctoral Degree in Law (Paris) and an LL.M (Harvard). She started her professional carreer as lawyer at the Luxembourg Bar, before joining Luxembourg State and Savings Bank (BCEE) in 1999. Françoise became Member of the Executive Committee in 2009 and has been President & CEO since June 2016. As BCEE is an important actor in the Luxembourg economy, this position gives insight into many aspects of finance but also of other areas of industry. Despite a very busy professional life, Françoise finds time for activities such as sharing her experience with young people, but also long hikes and nature.
About the Series
The Fulbright Eat & Meet lunches provide recently-returned alumni of the Fulbright Program the opportunity to learn from and network with experts in a variety of different professional areas. Events are held regularly throughout the year and previous hosts include politicians, industry leaders, and academics. Are you interested in hosting Fulbright alumni for a Fulbright Eat & Meet, or do you have a guest speaker in mind? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.