AIESEC Peacebuilder

70th Anniversary Edition

Victor Loewenstein

First President, AIESEC International

AIESEC Experience

Victor was part of the team that founded the AIESEC local committee at the University of Edinburgh in 1958. He then attended the AIESEC International Congresses in Cologne, Barcelona, and Marseille in which he was elected as AIESEC’s first Secretary General (SG) of AIESEC in 1961-62. The SG office was based in Geneva, Switzerland back then. He went on to become a member of AIESEC International’s Supervisory Group and was awarded the AIESEC Hall of Fame.

Contributions to AIESEC’s Vision of Peace and Fulfillment of Humankinds Potential

According to Victor, from inception, AIESEC was created as an association of students, run by students and serving students. During his term of office as SG, numerous approaches were made by the International Students Union (ISU), an organization which was run with exclusive political goals. Very attractive offers were extended so as to integrate AIESEC into ISU. It showed a mature vision on the part of the association's leadership to consistently refuse any approaches and maintain its independence. It was therefore only once the "Wall" came down that the Central/Eastern European countries were warmly welcomed.

During his time as Secretary-General, AIESEC has delivered over 3,000 traineeship experiences with the then existing 25 member national offices. Victor has been an active supporter of AIESEC since his term as Secretary-General, he has spearheaded initiatives such as the development of the AIESEC Fund and mentoring hundreds of AIESEC International team members. He has also been a key supporter of AIESEC Alumni International


Victor had a longstanding career at Egon Zehnder International which led to Senior International Executive positions including partner, member of the Executive Committee and member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He then retired from Egon Zehnder International in 2003 and currently resides in Brussels, Belgium.

In addition, Victor was also a member of the Board of Directors of Principal Financial Group, a leading US Insurance company, headquartered in Des Moines (Iowa) for 13 years.

A graduate from Edinburgh University (B.Com.’60), Victor began his professional career as elected Secretary-General of AIESEC (Association International des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), then headquartered in Geneva (1961-1962). Thereafter, he became Sales and Marketing Manager of Wynlit Pharmaceuticals, based in Zurich (1963-1969) (from the Leeds University Business School)

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