On October 1, 2003, Georges Ugeux founded Galileo Global Advisors to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and Governments independent advice on international business development, restructuring, compliance and mergers and acquisitions. For fifteen years, Galileo’s primary focus has been advisory services in Europe and Asia, with a particular focus on emerging markets such as India and China.
Georges is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University, where he teaches a seminar on “International Banking and Finance: the challenges.” In 2017, Sorbonne University Paris I invited Georges as a visiting professor for the 2017-2018 academic year. He has lectured at the University of Louvain, the College of Europe in Bruges and has served as Special Advisor to the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School. He sits on the Board of Polyfinances in Montreal (the financial vertical of Polytechnique) and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Emerging Market Institute of Cornell University. Georges holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain.
Prior to founding Galileo, Georges joined the New York Stock Exchange in September 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International & Research. He built and managed the Exchange’s International Group and, during his tenure, spearheaded the listing of 308 companies from 43 countries, out of the 470 non-US companies listed on the NYSE with an aggregate value of $2.7 trillion. During that same period, the NYSE international trading moved from 40 to 140 million shares a day.
A 72 year-old Belgian and US national, Georges began his career in 1970 at Société Générale de Banque (now BNP Paribas Fortis), the leading Belgian bank, where he became General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. His career led him to London in 1985, as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisitions department. In 1988, Georges was appointed Group Finance Director at Société Générale de Belgique, the leading Belgian diversified industrial and financial conglomerate owned by the French leading company Engie (formerly GDF Suez). In 1992, he became president of Kidder, Peabody Europe as well as Managing Director while serving as a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He was put in charge of the firm’s global origination efforts. In that capacity, Georges was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric.
From 1995 until joining the NYSE, Georges served as President of the European Investment Fund, a Euro 2 billion public-private partnership created by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union at the Edinburgh Summit. He also chaired the Kingdom of Belgium’s Privatization Commission, at the time of the Belgacom privatization.
Georges is a regular writer in his blog with lemonde.fr in France and is a contributor to Huffington Post. He is interviewed frequently on a variety of global topics for French speaking Television, radio and written media in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.