Nathanaël Ackerman – 30.10.2021

Nathanaël Ackerman is the managing director of the AI4Belgium coalition. He is also “AI & Innovation” expert at the Belgian Federal Public Service Strategy and Support (BoSa); Belgian representative at UNESCO for AI issues, expert of the OECD ONE.AI network, and national contact point for the AI4EU platform.

Nathanaël has had a mixed public-private career: from research and teaching artificial intelligence at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, to entrepreneurship. He has been involved in technology transfer for six years.

In 2012, he was appointed Director of Innovation and International Relations at the Brussels Enterprise Agency (now  He then created his own company active in the development of Data & AI strategy within several Belgian and French companies.

More recently, in 2016, Nathanaël was appointed as Advisor for innovation and AI (to State Secretary for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire) for the French government. He led the #France AI strategic plan and then co-founded and led the France Artificielle Hub for two years, before returning to Belgium in 2019 to do the same job: contribute to the national AI strategy, and implement it with the ecosystem.

Nathanaël is graduated from both Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles and Ecole Centrale Paris.