About the selection


The initiative aims at bringing together a diverse community of 40 talented emerging leaders. The selection of participants will ensure a broad representation of different sectors, activities, backgrounds, areas of interests. It will also pay attention to gender and linguistic balance. 

Applications need to be submitted via the form linked on this website. The central part of the application focuses on your personality and your motivation to join the Belgium’s 40 Under 40 community. You are invited to describe in one page why we should select you. 

Here are a few hints about what you could write in your application (in max. 5000 characters): why you want to join, what you can bring to this initiative, what do you expect from it, what are your main leadership achievements, what societal challenge(s) inspire you… 

For your application to be accepted, you need to be born after October 1, 1980. It is not mandatory to have the Belgian nationality to apply, however you need to have your permanent residence in Belgium and demonstrate a strong attachment to the future of the Belgian society. Please note that a good command of English is necessary as it will be the main language used for this initiative. 


An independent selection panel will review the applications and make the arbitrages to select the 40 participants. The panel will be composed of captains of industry, successful entrepreneurs, and senior leaders among the initiators and the supporters of the project. 

The intention is to expand the 40 Under 40 community with new selections on a yearly basis. Those who would not be selected now could still apply in the future and join the community later. 


    1. Application submissions close on January 15, 2021.
    2. Selection panel will review applications at the beginning of February 2021.
    3. Selected participants will be announced mid-February.

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