"We will see even more change and change at an even more rapid pace than we have seen in the recent past." - Johan Van Overtveldt
On September 8, 2015, Johan Van Overtveldt, Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium and former Professor of Economics at the University of Hasselt, addressed an overflow audience of faculty and students at Wheaton College on the topic of "turbo change," a concept of exponential increases in change. Overtveldt argued that turbo change will place the United States at the forefront of the 21st century despite its recent struggles and the strengthening of its competitors such as the European Union and China.
A light reception and book signing followed the free lecture open to the public at Blanchard 339.
Johan Van Overtveldt, Minister of Finance, Belgium
Johan Van Overtveldt (born 1955 Morstel, Antwerp Province, Region of Flanders, Belgium) serves as the current Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium. A member of the largest political party in Dutch-speaking Flanders, he has also served as a Member of the European Parliament where he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Economics Committee. Dr. Van Overtveldt has worked both in the financial sector and as Editor-in-Chief of two of the most prestigious publications in Dutch-speaking Flanders: Knack and Trends. He remains an active member of the Economics Faculty at the University of Hasselt.
Dr. Van Overtveldt is an accomplished author who has published extensively in multiple languages including, The End of the Euro: The Uneasy Future of the European Union (2011) and his newly released book, A Giant Reborn: Why the U.S. Will Dominate the 21st Century.