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About

Today business leaders face an external environment that demands more attention than ever before. This includes media scrutiny, increased regulation, technological disruption and shareholders with increased demands.

Zocalo is a strategic advisory firm that supports C-suite executives, board members and entrepreneurs on the rise. Together we develop distinctive communications strategies, innovative programs, compelling stories, and new pathways for prosperity.

Zocalo helps clients tackle their most pressing reputation and business challenges through communication strategy, reputation management and networking opportunities.

Services

Leadership Branding

Your reputation as a leader touches every aspect of your business: from engaging with employees, investors, and stakeholders, to ensuring external messaging drives your bottom line. We remove blind spots and help you:

  • Refine your messaging with a clear, concise–and memorable–proposition
  • Differentiate your image and position from your competitors
  • Ensure you extract the most from each speaking opportunity
  • Maximize media engagement

Conferences & Event Programmes

Identifying the right event for a new business launch, securing a speaker engagement for a CEO (or tech leader on the rise): creating an extraordinary event presence is one of our unique strengths. From the classic must-attend pre-opening to invitation-only events in Davos, we ensure your event attendance and time investment pay off. We assist in organizing a factfinding mission to key markets, finding a keynote speaker for roundtables, to getting you a coveted speaker slot at international summits.

Public Affairs

Working in highly regulated industries with controversial policy issues and critical media scrutiny mandates winning favorable policy outcomes. We seek to understand you and your business and discover what matters most.

We help develop and execute legislative and regulatory strategies to advance their goals at every level within government or administrations. We direct engagement with the right policymakers and influencers and strengthen those relationships. By mobilizing support or opposition to legislative initiatives we can intensify or mitigate impact.  Most importantly we can position you as a critical source of information on current and emerging policy issues.

Media Relations

Grounded in strategic communications, we use story mining sessions to select the right media which offers the most impact for your business and reputation. We provide counsel on how to approach journalists and social media. Through compelling story angles and content development, you are positioned as a go-to source for information, comment, and opinion: creating interesting conversations—and converting those into results.

Crisis Communications

We believe in a proactive approach to a crisis, getting ahead of the issues and engaging customers and stakeholders alike. With strategic and pragmatic advice, we help you navigate successfully through any negative news story.

Experience

Zocalo was founded in 2012 by Olivier Van Horenbeeck.

Studies

Van Horenbeeck holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) with honors from the University of Antwerp. He interned at the European Parliament and then obtained a master’s degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. Afterwards, he completed an Executive MBA at Vlerick Business School, followed by a management programme at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Career

Initially pursuing a career as a corporate attorney, he worked as Counsel with a European employers’ federation. In 2005, he joined BNP Paribas Fortis. After an assignment in Singapore, he became the External & Governmental Affairs Manager. In 2009, he moved to Anheuser-Busch InBev, first within the Public Affairs department of the Benelux, later as Director Corporate Affairs at the EU level.

In 2012, he launched Zocalo, a strategic advisory firm, with several long-term corporate assignments for JCDecaux, Voka (Flanders Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Sibelco, among others.

In 2014, he became CEO and founder of Viapublic, a boutique executive search firm based in Brussels, focusing exclusively on corporate affairs talent. Two years later, he was one of the two co-founders of Growth Inc., which helped companies and executives gain more influence with their non-market side (media, policymakers, public opinion, and NGO’s).

Since refocusing fulltime on Zocalo’s growth, Van Horenbeeck has led strategic projects in the Benelux, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United States and the Middle East.

Life

Currently, Olivier Van Horenbeeck is Chairman of the non-profit, A Seat at the Table. ASATT, a mentoring and leadership programme, holds networking activities for disadvantaged youth, students, and young professionals.

As one of the co-founders of Bepact (the Belgian Public Affairs Community), Van Horenbeeck is an active board member of several business and social clubs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Pronect.it, a SaaS company that digitizes Physical Security Management to save costs and keep people and assets safe.

Van Horenbeeck lives in Antwerp, is married and has two teenaged sons. An avid reader and frequent traveler, he recently added cycling to his list of pastimes. Striving for the ever-elusive balance between a good glass of wine and a bespoke fitness experience.

Last book (fiction): “Abominations” by Lionel Shriver

Last book (non-fiction): “Smart Brevity – The power of saying more with less.”  by Jim Vandehei, Mike Allen and Rory Schwartz

Last vacation destination: Sri Lanka

Last city trip: Munich

Last restaurant:  Dim Dining, Antwerp

Last piece of art: “Happiness, Tenderness and a yellow dress” by Nicolas Odinet

Bike kilometers this year: Winner of the Strava Local Embarrassment trophy

Mindset

We prefer humans over machines and gadgets.
We are selective.
We value creativity.
We treasure connections.
We build solid and durable relationships.

There are no high-tech shortcuts in making meaningful connections. Zocalo leverages the invaluable media, business, philanthropic and government connections that come with more than two decades of experience.

Zocalo leverages these invaluable contacts (inter)nationally, to benefit our clients as well their main stakeholders. We know who to call and with whom to partner to engage the right audience.

Sustainability is not a buzz word for us, but a mindset. It is all about people making an effort to do things in a kinder and more conscientious way.

Contact

We’re here to assist you develop new pathways to prosperity with meaningful communication and connection.

Contact us

Just fill out the form on the right.

Or call: +32 486 691 651

We’ll get right back to you.

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