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Dr. Bea CANTILLON Professor of Social Policy and Director, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp

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 She has published widely and internationally on a wide range of issues relating to poverty, social policy, social security, the welfare state, and gender. She has acted as a consultant to, among others, the OECD, the European Commission and the Belgian government. Next to being the Chair of FAMIFED - Federal Agency for Child benefits, she also served as a Belgian senator (1995-1999) and was the president of the National Reform Commission on the Belgian Social Security for independent workers (2000-2002). Prof. Cantillon is secretary-general of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security. As of 2003 she is also a Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy and member of the Belgian High Council for Employment. Since 2013 she is a member of the commission on pension reform 2020-2040. Prof. Cantillon served as a Chair of the General Assembly UFSIA (2002-2003) and as vice-president of the University of Antwerp (2004-2008). The Centre for Social Policy, linked to Prof. Bea Cantillon, has been recognized as a center of excellence under the Flemish Methusalem program, granting substantial long-term structural financing to support internationally recognized scientific research.