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Education and experience



  • Honours degree in Marketing and Finance from ICHEC (Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales)
  • CIFEM (Centre Interdisciplinaire pour la Formation aux Etudes de Marché) graduate
  • Prix de la Royale Belge for his thesis « Le planning P.E.R.T »
  • ESA ( Ecole Supérieure d'Approvisionnement) graduate
  • Degree in data processing (ICHEC)


  • Independent real estate agent since 1990
  • Purchases and sales manager for a property developer
  • Corporate real estate
  • Purchase department
  • Purchase management
  • Management control of one of the departments
  • Computerisation of purchases and sales processes

Christian de Bray, born in 1945, spends six years as a child in Kisangani (ex-Stanleyville), in the (then) Belgian Congo.

He graduates from ICHEC (Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), CIFEM (Centre Interdisciplinaire pour la Formation aux Etudes de Marchés) and ESA (Ecole Supérieure d’Approvisionnement). After university, he goes on a training course in Canada. On his way, he visits the USA and Mexico.

Aged 23, he joins one of the largest Belgian companies, a well-known retail giant. For 18 years, he works on computerisation systems, budget management and management control in close connection with the company’s directors.

During this time, he travels one month a year, alone or with friends. Travelling becomes more than a hobby, it becomes a passion. Year after year, you can find him backpacking on the Inca trail in Peru, along the narrow gorges of the Hunza valley in Pakistan or on the mule paths crossing the high passes in Zanskar, in Northern India. These little visited areas fascinate him.

He also travels by Land Rover or by truck in Africa, whether to reach archaeological sites such as Adrar Bous in Niger or to explore remote corners of Guinea Bissau.

He buys and sends two trucks to Dar-es-Salam and visits Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zanzibar.

He pitches his tent in the Grand Canyon on the banks of the Colorado River and on the slopes of the Nanga Parbat.

You can find him in Berlin, in Quito or closer to home, in Bruges, gazing at the stars.

He visits museums, natural reserves and department stores. He jumps on a plane to go to a Joan Baez concert in Strasburg, spends a weekend in a lost corner of Cornwall.

Between the ages of 40 and 55, he criss-crosses Africa countless times. He buys Unimog military trucks (nine in total, a whole fleet), which he converts into bush vehicles and sends by boat to Southern Africa (Dar-es-Salam - Durban - Walvis Bay).

Friends help him achieve his projects. He sets off in two trucks, crosses the Sahara to give them to a rural development project run by Oxfam in Carboxenque, Guinea Bissau.

He becomes a guide and a tour leader for “Continents Insolites”. His professional commitments only allow him to travel in the summer, but what extraordinary summers they are: three groups of 18 people, two trucks, three trips of 3,500 kilometres each on mud and sand tracks… camping in the bush night after night.

Back in Belgium, he works as hard as he plays, finding buyers for castles, water-mills or more conventional properties.

Other trips take him to Leh where he attends a Tibetan festival, to Amarnath where he follows Hindu pilgrims on their way to their sacred shrine deep in the mountains, he writes an illustrated report on a local wedding ceremony in Rajasthan.

Tuscany and the towers of San Giminiano; Canada and the mouth of the Saint Laurent; Cuba and Havana in the footsteps of Hemingway….these are just some of the places he explores.

He goes to Ethiopia on his own to witness the Epiphany festival, toys with the idea of taking his trucks to the country but finally decides that local circumstances make this impossible.

Southern Africa is the place that attracts him the most. From the natural reserves of Zimbabwe to the Okavango Delta in Botswana he finally arrives in the Namibian desert.

He ends up going back to Kaokoland in Northern Namibia more than ten times and takes thousands of pictures of the Himbas, a people on the brink of extinction whose traditional way of life has not been touched by modern development.

Namibia fascinates him, enthrals him. It is a magic place.

He could go anywhere in the world but goes back to Namibia time after time for nearly ten years.

He also goes to little known parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Costa Rica, which he visits with his daughter. The Sudan is also on his agenda…
He goes back to places he knows well and loves: the Dogon country in Mali and the White Desert in Egypt, where his son accompanies him.

When people ask him “Why do you travel so much?” he can’t find an answer.

Is it a passion, an obsession, a fever?

Is travelling a quest or an escape? A way of meeting new people or meeting the people one travels with?

There are so many different journeys to be made: geographical journeys, intellectual journeys, spiritual journeys, initiation journeys which every one should make if they want to achieve their dreams.

One day, he gets a copy book, a pencil, a pencil-sharpener and a rubber. On a beach in Zanzibar, he starts writing a story which is buried deep inside him. He only spends three days on the beach but it takes him three years to write the story.

Behind all these stories and these pictures may lie something deeper.

The portrait of a man who does not take himself seriously and is looking…. looking for himself.

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