GeoTrends was founded by Hans Diels in 2017. Hans worked at a Belgian employers organization, as a Belgian representative to the EU’s Trade Policy Subcommittee on Services and Investment and acquired international and political experience while working at the Belgian Parliament and the US embassy and as a researcher on international governance at the University of Antwerp. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louvain, a postgraduate degree in International Relations Cum Laude from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve and studied economics through the LSE External Programme.