Frank Vandenbroucke is since November 2015 a University Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He also holds the Herman Deleeck chair at the University of Antwerp (UA), and was a full-time professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) from 2011 to October 2015. As a University Professor his research focuses on the social role of the European Union.
Frank Vandenbroucke studied economics in Leuven and Cambridge (UK) and received his D.Phil. in Oxford, with a dissertation in the domain of social and political philosophy. He was a member of the Belgian parliament from 1985 to 1996, and again from 1999 to 2011, except for the years in which he was a minister. He was Minister for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Federal Government (1999-2004). He was vice-prime minister and Minister for Education and Employment in the Flemish Regional Government (2004-2009). Vandenbroucke was closely involved with the launching of the Lisbon Strategy by the European Union in 2000, notably with the development of its social dimension.
Vandenbroucke is an advisor in different capacities. He was responsible for the Belgian Commission on Pension Reform 2020-2040; since 2015 he is the chair of the Academic Council on Pension Policy, set up by the Belgian Government. He participates in the scientific advisory boards of various European networks in the domain of social policy and research. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the think tank Friends of Europe, and social affairs advisor at Notre Europe, Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.