IFE announces new Diplomatic Steward, H.E. Jean-Arthur Régibeau

The Institute for Education (IFE) welcomes H.E. Jean-Arthur Régibeau, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, to the Capital City! 


We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Régibeau has graciously accepted the distinguished position of IFE Diplomatic Steward, continuing the legacy of his predecessors. We look forward to his contributions in the diplomatic arena in DC and his partnership with the IFE community.


ABOUT OUR DIPLOMATIC STEWARD: After a few years of working for private businesses and later as a legal advisor, Jean-Arthur Régibeau joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998. He was the diplomatic advisor to the Minister of Defense from 1999 to 2002 and he went on to be First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Berlin. From 2003-2007, Mr. Régibeau returned to Brussels as Head of the Private Office of the Minister of Defense. In 2007, he was appointed Director general in charge of Multilateral Organizations at the Foreign Ministry. In this capacity, he managed some aspects of the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2010. From 2012-2016, he also was Deputy Commissioner for the commemoration of World War I. In 2016, he took up his role as Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus & Uzbekistan. continue reading 

For the past 12 years IFE has had the honor of partnering with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium and their Ambassadors who have generously opened their home to dozens of IFE salons and dinners. In addition to graciously hosting special guest speakers, they have also attended IFE programs  throughout the Capital City lending their voice and valuable perspective to the conversation.  

Previous Diplomatic Stewards include:

H.E. Dirk Wouters,  IFE Diplomatic Steward from 2016-2020

H.E. Johan C. Verbeke, IFE Diplomatic Steward from 2014-2016

H.E. Jan Matthysen, IFE Diplomatic Steward from 2009-2014

H.E. Dominique Struye de Swielande, 2007–2009

H.E. Frans van Daele, 2002–2006

H.E. Alexis Reyn, 1998–2002

H.E. Baron Herman Dehennin, 1991 

Events hosted over the years include:

~White House Chiefs of Staff, The Honorable Joshua Bolten and The Honorable Denis McDonough. February 2018 (INFO)

~American University President Sylvia Mathews Burwell, former Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). June 2017 (NFO)

~Monica Popp, Office of the Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.  April 2017 (ETR)

~Jerry Seib, Executive Washington Editor, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. November 2016 (MTR)

~The Future of Wearable Tech panel featuring Presidential Innovation Fellows Lea Shanley (NASA), Andrea Ippolito (Department of Veterans Affairs), Gajen Sunthara (Department of Health and Human Services)and monitored by John Paul Farmer. March 2015 (INFO)

~Mayor Vincent Gray, District of Columbia. April 2014 (INDO)

~Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, Federal Trade Commission. December 2014 (MTR)

~David Leonhardt, Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times. April 2013 (MTR)

~Secretary Ray LaHood, Department of Transportation. December 2012 (INFO)

~IFE’s 20th Season Anniversary Gala with International Civility Award presentation to Ina Ginsburg, December 2011 (INFO)

~The Honorable Michael K. Powell, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 2001-2005 and Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners. October 2010 (MTR)

~Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. March 2010 (INFO)

~IFE Civility Award Dinner honoring Senator Susan Collins and Mayor Adrian Fenty. January 2007

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