Who we are

Geert Robberechts

Being involved as a consultant since 2000 in heritage projects in Belgium, France and India, Geert Robberechts became the director of the India House Leuven in 2013. IHL is a collaborative platform between the city of Leuven, the KU Leuven and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Flemish-Brabant, to facilitate contacts between Flanders/Belgium and India.


Since more than 20 years Patricia Schoolmeesters is heading the Economic Department of the City of Leuven, where she has initiated a plethora of regional and European projects (including Leuven MindGate, ELAT, ...). She was one of the founders of the India House Leuven, and focuses more specifically on the Indian Smart Cities Mission, the recent MoU Leuven-NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) being a direct result.

Patricia Schoolmeesters

Peter van Biesbroeck

After a long career as Sales Manager Belgium and Executive Board member at AB Inbev, the world largest brewer, Peter Van Biesbroeck is now the CEO of VOKA Flemish Brabant, the regional chamber of commerce and industry. He’s also a board member of BICCI, the Belgian-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


In his rich career as economist and consultant, Girish Bhagat had leading functions at Atherstone Capital Ltd, HSBC bank, HDFC Securities, Unit Trust of India (UTI), and he is currently CEO at IndiaNivesh Invest (Mumbai). He has a yearlong experience in Indian market introductions for European companies, more specifically from Italy.

Girish Bhagat