Marc Van Bellinghen works with the European External Action Services (EEAS) as a Senior Adviser in the Africa Department.
He has worked on conflict prevention and peacebuilding for well over a decade both within the EEAS as Deputy Head of the Conflict Prevention Division, and with the European Commission as Deputy Head of the Crisis Response and Peacebuilding Unit. His main area of expertise lies with African countries, in particular the Great Lakes region where he worked during the 1980s as a Belgian diplomat before joining the European Commission in the mid-1990s.
In recent years, he has conducted conflict analysis workshops and worked on dialogue and facilitation processes related to Africa, often in liaison with the UN and NGO partners. He also has experience with security sector reform and transitional justice processes in Africa.
He graduated in Law and Journalism before joining the Belgian Foreign Service in 1982.