Baron Frans van Daele

Frans van Daele

Honorary Chief of Staff, HM the King of Belgium, Brussels

Frans van Daele is the former Chief of Staff of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and in that capacity he was EU ‘Sherpa’ to the G8. Mr. van Daele joined the Belgium diplomatic service in 1971 and throughout his extensive diplomatic career he has been the representative of Belgium in the Security Council and the permanent representative of Belgium to the EU and NATO, as well as Ambassador to the US. He is a former Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and has held various other positions in the Belgian Ministry of Foreign affairs. Mr. van Daele holds a Master in Philosophy and Arts from the University of Leuven. From the 21st of July 2013 till the 20th of October 2017, he served as Chief of Staff to His Majesty the King of the Belgians. On retirement Baron van Daele was appointed Minister of State. In 2017 he was elected associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.