Karl Adams Karl Adams Vice-President of the Excutive Committee of S.R.I.W.

Commercial engineer HEC Liège (1994)
Begin his career as an auditor, working for 3 years for PWC in Brussels
Has been working for 17 years for ING in Brussels and in the Walloon region as a manager in corporate and commercial banking
In December 2010, Karl was appointed by the Walloon Government as a Director at SRIW, before being proposed in December 2013 to join the Executive Committee as a Vice-President.
He is directly responsible for the SRIW Environment subsidiary of the Group, which is active in renewable energy and in circular economy through the Next program.
Karl is also Member of the Board in different companies and private funds representing SRIW (among which Otary and Seastar – offshore windparks, Sofinex, the Innovation Fund and Reverse Mettallurgy) and is Chairman of the Board at Geligar.

Luc Blyaert Luc Blyaert Expert on Digital Technologies

Luc Blyaert (53) started his career as journalist at the daily newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. He specializes in new technologies and becomes the editor-in-chief of Data News where he worked for 22 years. He’s often on television and radio as a digital expert. Since early 2015 he runs own company about technology and disruptive digital challenges.

Jean-Pierre Blumberg Jean-Pierre Blumberg Partner, Linklaters LLP

Jean-Pierre Blumberg is a partner and Co-Head Global M&A at the law firm Linklaters. He also teaches at the Antwerp University (UA) and is a director at CMB, TINC , Vastned Retail Belgium and Linklaters. He is also a member of the High Level Expert Group on the future of the Belgian financial sector.

Philippe De Backer Philippe De Backer European Parliament, President of the EU IPO Task Force

Philippe De Backer holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School. Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialised in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences. Philippe is currently a Member of the European Parliament where he is a full member of the Transport and Tourism Committee. He is a substitute Member on the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee, as well as the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. His main interests lie in the field of transport infrastructure and functioning of logistics markets, the regulation of financial institutions and innovation policy.

Erik De Clippel, CFA Erik De Clippel, CFA Head of Syndication, KBC Securities

Erik holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (magna cum laude) and a post-graduate in finance from the University of Leuven. As a laureate of the Prince Albert Fund Business in Asia program, Erik worked and lived in China for one year and took part in an MBA exchange program at CEIBS (Shanghai). Erik joined the KBC Securities in 2000, where he focuses on equity capital markets transactions such as initial public offerings (IPO’s), secondary public offerings (SPO’s), accelerated bookbuilt transactions (ABO’s), private placements (PP) and rights issues in a wide variety of sectors. As deal captain in numerous ECM transactions, Erik has built up an extensive experience in structuring a transaction for success.
Erik was involved in all Belgian biotech transactions involving KBC since representing a total deal volume of more than 1 billion.
Since 2012, Erik also heads the retail and institutional broker department and the lending desk, where he introduced multi venue algorithmic trading
In addition Erik holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst  (CFA) and is currently member of the board of the Belgian CFA Society
Before joining KBC Securities, Erik worked at Monsanto as a project engineer and at Philips as a project manager, where he (co-)authored several scientific papers and international patents.

Alexander De Croo Alexander De Croo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda

Alexander De Croo (°1975) is currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Post and Telecom in the Belgian Federal Cabinet. From 2012 to 2014, he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions. Before taking the office of Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo was Party Chairman of Open Vld, the Flemish liberal-democrats. In 2010, he was elected Senator, scoring third in the popular vote in Flanders.

In 2015, he was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also member of the Global Agenda Council on Europa at the WEF.

Prior to politics, Alexander De Croo was an active entrepreneur in the field of intellectual property rights. He started his professional career as a business consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.

Alexander De Croo holds a degree in Business Engineering from the Free University of Brussels and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University, Chicago). 

Joseph de Gheldere Joseph de Gheldere Managing Director – Be Angels

Managing Director  at   Be Angels S.A.
January 2009  – Present (6 years I 0 months)
Be Angels is one of the leading Business Angels Network in Belgium.

Executive Advisor  at   BvD-it Services
June 2005  –  November 2008  (3  ears 6 months)

Partner at   IBM
October 2002  –  May 2005  (2 years 8 months)

Partner at   PwC Consulting
May 1999  –  September 2002  (3 years 5 months)

Partner at     PwC MCS Belgium
1999  –  2002  (3 years)

Partner at     KPMG Consulting
January 1 990  – May 1999  (9 years 5 months)

Dirk-Jan de Graaff Dirk-Jan de Graaff Head of Capital Markets SNS Securities

Educational background
1992 – 1994: Bedrijfskunde van de Financiële Sector, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1987 – 1992: Bank & Financiën, Amsterdamse Academie (VU/HH)
1981 – 1987: VWO, RSG Enkhuizen

Work experience
2003 – 2015: Head of Capital Markets, SNS Securities
2000 – 2003: Vice President Principal Investments, NIBC
1994 – 2000: Corporate Finance, M&A, Bank Labouchere

Ancillary positions
Founder and (former) chairman of the Heineken Race of the Classis (www.rotc.nl)

Personal interests
Sailing, Tennis, Running (half marathons), skiing, reading.

Gert De Mesure Gert De Mesure

“Gert De Mesure has more than 25 years experience in financial markets. Starting in 1987 in retailbanking at Generale Bank, he joined Fuji Bank in 1988 and became senior foreign exchange dealer. In 1991 he made the transition to the equity markets by joining Bank Delen, where he combined buy- and sell-side research with equity sales.
In 1998 he made a small sidestep in financial communication at Ellips Communication.
In 1999 he again entered the financial markets through a position at Delta Lloyd Securities (head of equity strategy), where he also coordinated a European research network.
Since 2004 Gert De Mesure is an independent financial consultant, first active in a B2B-environment, today also in B2C. He delivers research services for the VFB (Flemish association of private investors), is a member of the investment committee of a Belgian online bank and regularly provides support for projects in financial communication, valuation, stock market listings and for diverse advisory tasks.
From 2002 to 2007 he was a lecturer at EHSAL (master in finance and investment), in 2009 and 2010 he lectured at the Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (master in financial planning).”

Baudouin de Troostembergh Baudouin de Troostembergh CEO, Co Station

Serial entrepreneur, Baudouin de Troostembergh launched and sold already a couple of startups. In 2014, he relaunched Co Station, a start up accelerator in the heat of Brussels, together with BNP Paribas Fortis.

Recently, he launched Startup Factory, a startup studio focusing on innovation for big corporates.

Jean-Pierre DI BARTOLOMEO Jean-Pierre DI BARTOLOMEO President of the Executive Committee, Sowalfin Group

Jean-Pierre DI BARTOLOMEO is the President of the Executive Committee of Sowalfin Group (Société wallonne de financement et de garantie des petites et moyennes entreprises), President of the Board of Sowaccess (Société wallonne d’Acquisitions et de Cessions d’Entreprises) and President of Board of Transeo (European Association for SME Transfer).
He has been President of Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (BVA) in 2012 & 2013.
He started his career as an auditor (management & financial consulting) for DELOITTE & TOUCH and PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS.
He has been Deputy Director of the « Financière Wallonne des P.M.I. », Director of SIAW (Food Industry subsidiary of SRIW Group)  and has been an expert for European Commission for SME financing as well as for SME Transfer.

Jean-Pierre DI BARTOLOMEO has a Masters Degree in Finance (Liege University) and Master Degree in SMEs’ financing in DURHAM UNIVERSITY Business School, UK.

Koenraad Debackere Koenraad Debackere General Manager KU Leuven Managing director KU Leuven R&D

Prof. Dr. Ir. Koenraad Debackere has been with KU Leuven since 1995. In 1995 he became professor at KU Leuven where he teaches Technology and Innovation Management. In 1993, 1995 and 1997 he has won Best Research Paper Awards from the American Academy of Management and the Decision Sciences Institute. His research has focused on the area of technology and innovation management and policy. He is also actively engaged in technology transfer activities as managing director of KU Leuven Research & Development and chairman of the Gemma Frisius Fonds (the venture fund) of the KU Leuven. He is the co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. He is a board member of IWT-Vlaanderen, the Flemish government agency that supports science and technology development in Flemish industry. Since 2005, he is the general manager of KU Leuven.

Gilbert Declerck Gilbert Declerck

Gilbert J. Declerck was born in Oostende, Belgium in 1946. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the KULeuven in 1972. From 1973 to 1974 he spent one year at the IC laboratories of the Stanford University. He then joined KULeuven in 1974, where he became Professor in 1983. In 1984 he moved to imec in Leuven, Belgium, as Vice President of the Advanced Semiconductor Processing Division. He authored and co-authored over 200 papers and conference contributions. In 1993 Dr. Declerck was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for leadership and contributions to Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor device physics, Charge Coupled Device technology and Very Large Scale Integration processing techniques. In 1998 Dr. Declerck was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of imec and from June 1999 till July 2009 he was President and CEO of imec. From July 2009 till January 2012 he was Executive Officer and Member of the Board of imec International. As off January 2012 he is acting as independent advisor and remains Member of the Board of imec International. Since October 2012 he is Professor Emeritus at the KULeuven. In May 2014 Dr. Declerck became President of the Belgium Japan Association (BJA) and in September 2015 Chairman of Leuven Mindgate. In September 2015 Prof. Declerck was elected International Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP).

Pierre Delsaux Pierre Delsaux

“Pierre Delsaux was born in Belgium in 1957. After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Illinois US, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987. His career within the European Commission has included working in the Directorate General Competition (1991-1994). He was Deputy Director General in charge of the Single Market at the Directorate General Internal Market and Services (2011-2014). Currently he is Deputy Director General in charge of the Internal Market at the Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s
Pierre Delsaux actively contributed to the European Commission reaction to the financial crisis in
he areas of corporate reporting and governance, governance of supervisory and standard setting organisations, both at the EU and global level. His interests include also the application of community law across the EU, as well as the functioning of internal market.”

Chris Dial Chris Dial Director, Microsoft International

Chris is responsible for the engagement with ISV and startup partners for Microsoft’s cloud and mobile platforms in 12 countries across Western Europe. He leads an organization that helps these software partners build great products, learn new technologies, and master new business, channel and pricing models. He’s an avid user of the business model canvas, lean techniques, and positioning and branding theory. Previously, he was in charge of the data platform, web, and integration businesses in Europe, product planning and design on e-business product lines, and strategy and planning for the double-digit growth of the server business in EMEA. Prior to that he has been a noted Forrester analyst, early builder of a startup sold to IBM, and an IT Director in the financial sector. He lives in Paris with his conjoint.

Willo Eurlings Willo Eurlings Director Business Services at The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce

Willo Eurlings has a passion for growth, innovation and change. He is director business services at The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce. Within the Chamber of Commerce he is involved in the themes finance, starting in business and innovation. He is responsible for the relationship with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and other stakeholders. He has a longstanding involvement with access to finance for SME’s. Both at the national and the European level.

Eric Forest Eric Forest head of EnterNext

Eric Forest joined Euronext Group as CEO of EnterNext in July 2013. A graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy, Eric began his career in 1986 and joined the ECM team of Société Générale in 1992. In 2003 he moved to Oddo Corporate Finance to head up their Equity Capital Markets business, where he oversaw IPOs, follow-on issues and secondary offerings. He was also in charge of Corporate Broking. Over the last ten years, Eric has always worked in support of SMEs. He has participated actively in industry-level discussions, helped numerous mid-sized companies gain access to the market through his ongoing responsibilities at Oddo, contributed to the creation of an analyst team dedicated to SMES and served as Chairman of ALIST, the association of Alternext’s Listing Sponsors. As head of EnterNext, Eric Forest is responsible for all activities and resources linked to SMEs within Euronext. He is also a member of the Issuers Consultative Commission of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers.

Guy Geldhof Guy Geldhof "Partner and CFO of Vesalius Biocapital Director of the Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association"

“Guy Geldhof has a Master’s degree in commercial engineering from the Free University of Brussels.
He is a recognized business consultant and finance specialist. Guy started his career in 1991 with Arthur Andersen as member of the business advisory and audit team. He audited a large number of medium-sized and large companies. In 1995, he joined Andersen’s business consulting team in Houston and, later, in Brussels. As a consultant, he was a generalist who grew into the function of director of the Strategy, Finance and Economics Service Team. Throughout his career Guy has been very active in the healthcare industry where he gained broad experience.
In 2000, he was a co-founder of Value4Growth, a specialized consulting and management firm to support technology and life science companies. He has been a venture coach for many young companies and has supported these in all aspects of company formation, product strategy and fund raising. He has acted as CFO, external as well as internal, for young and fast-growing companies backed by VC funds.
In 2007, Guy became Secretary General of the BVA, the Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. In 2011, he resigned as Secreatry General and became a regular board member, representing Vesalius.
Guy joined Vesalius Biocapital as CFO in 2009. In January 2011, once the second Vesalius Biocapital fund has been created, he became Partner.
During his career Guy has worked in the US and in several Western European countries.”

Geert Gielens Geert Gielens Chief Economist, Belfius

Geert Gielens became Chief Economist and director of the research department of Belfius Bank in March 2014. As such he formulates his view on the economy on behalf of Belfius’ clients. Before that Geert Gielens worked during 15 years in the trading room of Belfius. He was active in different markets and was among other things head of a trading desk in Fixed Income products and derivatives, responsible for the development of pricing tools and developer of products based on equity and/or interest rate derivatives.

Geert Gielens holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Catholic University of Leuven (1996). He has published a number of scientific articles and has been a visiting professor in finance for a couple of years. He is a fellow of the Hogenheuvelcollege of the Faculty of Economy and Business Sciences of the K.U.Leuven.

Joost Holleman Joost Holleman Partner, Prime Ventures

Joost Holleman (1965) joined Prime Ventures as a Partner in 2009.
Joost started his career in Private Equity at AlpInvest Partners, one of the leading independent investors in private equity in the world (40 billion euro under management), active as primary and secondary fund investor and as co-investor. AlpInvest has over 100 professionals and operates from offices in Amsterdam, New York, Hong Kong, and London. Joost joined in 2001 as part of the Fund Investment team, located in Amsterdam and has led a large number of fund investments on behalf of AlpInvest in buy-out, mezzanine, cleantech, and particularly in venture capital funds. He was a member of numerous advisory boards in Europe and Israel.
Before his time at AlpInvest Joost was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the area of strategy and organizational design (1997 – 2001). He joined PwC as a consultant and trainer in communication after being an independent project leader and consultant in communication and marketing.
Preceding that period he was research fellow at Leiden University.
Joost has two master degrees and a PhD in Theology at Leiden University and Yale University. His time at Yale was sponsored by a Fulbright scholarship and his dissertation won the Erasmus Study Price in Humanities.

Hans Jacobs Hans Jacobs Director Business Development Corporate & Public Bank Belgium

As from July 2014 Hans Jacobs has become responsible for development of cross-sell activities in Belgium between Corporate & Public Bank and different Corporate & Investment Banking skills as well Investment Solutions next to a number of projects in the field of Innovation.

Hans Jacobs has an extensive experience in asset based financing, factoring, credit insurance, Corporate and Public banking. In 1996, he started his career in the financial world as a Commercial Representative for Belgofactors, the factoring subsidiary of the Generale Bank.
From 1999 till 2005 he worked at ING Bank as Account Manager for first Institutional clients (3 years) and then for Corporate clients (3 years). In February 2005 he returned as Sales & Marketing Director to his former employer who had evolved into Fortis Commercial Finance (FCF). During 10 years he headed the Sales and Marketing Teams of the largest factoring company in Belgium and was member of the Management Team. Three years after the take-over of FCF by BNP Paribas Fortis, he returned to banking in the position of Director Business Development Corporate & Public Bank Belgium. In the field of innovation he was amongst other projects responsible for the set up and roll out the concept of Innovation Hubs.
The Innovation Hub, empowered by BNP Paribas Fortis, is an active partner/ community / knowledge centre / facilitator / connector for any innovative company that is starting-up, scaling up or on the verge of going global.

Hans Jacobs graduated as Commercial Engineer for the KUL (Catholic University Louvain) and has a Master in Treasury Management from the Antwerp Management School (formerly IPO).

Thomas Kallstenius Thomas Kallstenius CTO, iMinds

Thomas Kallstenius is responsible for research and innovation strategy at iMinds, the Flemish independent ICT research institute. His responsibilities in this role include strategy, business development, strategic and applied collaborative projects with academic and industrial partners.

Prior to joining iMinds, Thomas was director at Bell Labs with specific focus on video communication, and prior to this, he was marketing director in charge of Alcatel-Lucent’s fixed access portfolio. He has also worked as business case expert and manager of broadband access related projects within Ericsson and he has headed research projects within the European Commission’s framework programs and has dealt with a variety of different research topics, such as FTTH, WDM, free-space optics, network convergence, synchronization and component reliability

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), a PhD in fiber optics materials from Uppsala University (Sweden) and an MBA from Vlerick Management School in Belgium. He is Vice President of the FTTH Council Europe and vice-chair of the European Commission’s Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation’s workgroup on wearables.

Fabien Kay Fabien Kay Directeur Origination – MME France, Belgique, Italie

Fabien a rejoint Standard & Poor’s en 2014 pour piloter le développement de l’Evaluation Mid-Market (MME), un nouveau service de notation spécifiquement conçu pour les entreprises de taille intermédiaire qui se financent sur les marchés de dette. Fabien couvre la France, l’Italie et la Belgique.
Précédemment, Fabien a travaillé pendant 8 ans pour Bank of Scotland puis Lloyds Banking Group dans les équipes financements structurés puis en tant que banquier conseil en charge d’un portefeuille de large caps.
Avant cela, Fabien était analyste financier, responsable du pôle Distribution-Grande Consommation au sein d’Eurostaf – filiale du groupe Les Echos et leader français de l’analyse sectorielle – qu’il avait rejoint en 1999.
Fabien est diplomé de l’Insead (executive MBA, 2012), de Sciences Po (1998), de l’université Paris Dauphine (1999). Il est également analyste financier certifié (SFAF, 2003).

Eric Kenis Eric Kenis Entrepreneurship Developer

Eric Kenis is the creative brain behind Bryo, Belgium’s most succesful project to stimulate bright young people into entrepreneurship. In 2015 he started building innovative entrepreneurship education programs at Antwerp Management School. Eric (°1960) founded his own innovative language school in 1990 : BLCC. From 2001 onwards he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Voka strategy in projects : e=ti². Excellent entrepreneurship is the product of talent development, innovation & internationalization. In 2007, Eric built Bryo (=Bright & Young), the future of Voka, which resulted in the coaching of 1.500 starting entrepreneurs, in 350 successfully started up SMEs  &  in 25 (future) hidden champions. Eric is obsessed by change, talent, time & the customer.

Bert Kruismans Bert Kruismans Writer / Comedian

Bert started his career in 1990 as an editor and host at VRT-radiostations, such as Studio Brussel and Radio Donna.   He hosted his own radioshow on Radio I (Het Reyerscomplex) and Radio 2 (Vlaanderen voor beginners).  Since 2009, every monday morning he serves a strong coffee (Le Café Serré) at La Premiere (RTBF).

On television he did his bit in all kind of programs, such as ’De Rechtvaardige Rechters’ (Canvas), ’Polspoel & Desmet (VTM), ’Paparazzo’ (VT4), ’50 degrés nord’ (Arte Belgique) and ’Tournée Générale’ (La Une). By hosting this last show (exploring Belgian Beers!) he was the first Flemish host at the RTBF in 35 years. It also produced a guest appearance on Channel Four, next to Jamie Oliver. 

In Flanders he’s well known as ’De Allerslimste Mens Ter Wereld’ (The smartest person in the world). This is not a joke!

Bert wrote columns for Radio 1,  Radio 2, Libelle, De Morgen, De Juristenkrant and Notarius. With his co-author Peter Perceval he published the books ’België voor beginnelingen’ and ’Wereldberoemd in Vlaanderen.’ In 2011, together with the famous cartoonist Pierre Kroll, he delivered ’Foert, Non Di Dju’, a bilingual book on the  political crisis in Belgium after the elections of 2010. In 2012 they published ’Foert, Non  Di Dju, part 2’. In 2013 Bert wrote (on his own!) the bestseller ’Meneer de notaris’, the memoirs of the Belgian notaries. 

Bert also wrote theatrical plays for his colleagues Els De Schepper and An Nelissen. In 1997 he was amongst the pioneers introducing standup-comedy in Belgium. Since then he is on an eternal tour with his own comedy shows, performing in Dutch, French and English in Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia, France and the Netherlands.  These shows were also broadcasted on Flemish or French-speaking television.

Philippe Lambrecht Philippe Lambrecht Secretary general - FEB

Philippe Lambrecht is Secretary-General and Member of the Board of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) since August 2003. He is in charge of the General Administration as well as the Legal Affairs and Tax Departments. He represents FEB on the Board of UWE and BECI, and is a member of the CEI, the interprofessional employers concertation. He is also a Member of the Competition Council, the Company Affairs Committee of BUSINESSEUROPE and the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee. He is Secretary-General and a Member of the Board of CEPANI (Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration) and a member of the Academic Board of Guberna (Institute of Company Directors). He sits on the Board of ‘The Shift’ and of ‘Women on Board’.

He is a corporate lawyer and Professor in Financial Law and Corporate Governance at UCL (Université catholique de Louvain). Before joining FEB he worked at the Belgian Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission, where he was an Adviser in the Legal Department and Deputy Director.

Marc Lefèvre Marc Lefèvre Director, Head of Listing Europe

Marc Lefèvre is Director, Head of Listing Europe.

Graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (EDHEC) with a Master’s degree in Finance, he began his career in 1992 in Société Générale as an auditor and a management controller for Americas.

From 1996, he was  Partner in a management consulting firm, Odyssée which became Atos Consulting, where for almost ten years, he worked with more than twenty key financial institutions on strategy, organization, project and change management missions.

In 2005, he joined Euronext Group as coordinator of the European Cash Sales programs as well as Head of Cash Sales Team in France. In 2009, Marc moved to Listing department where he coordinated all Coverage and Business Development efforts of the Listing team for all segments and products in our four geographies (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal)

Among all Marc is a mandated EnterNext board member. He is also Member of the Medef Finance Committee. Finally, he’s also Chairman of the FESE (Federation of European Securities Exchanges) Listing group and member of the Issuers Consultative Body of the French regulator authority (AMF).

Frank Maene Frank Maene Managing Partner, Volta Ventures

“Software & internet venture capitalist. Startup coach.
Working with software startups for the past 25 years, both as investor, coach and board member, and as an operational executive.

Currently on the board of directors at Awingu, Beatswitch, Looklive and Sentiance.
Managing partner at venture capital funds since 2000. At Volta Ventures focusing on startups with HQ’s in the Benelux, but I also have operational experience in Silicon Valley and Turkey.
Past positions include former director/investor at Engagor (acquired by Clarabridge), Amplidata (Western Digital Corp), PINS (IS), Q-layer (Sun Microsystems), Avinity (ActiveVideo) DataCenterTechnologies (Veritas/Symantec) and Ciceksepeti and Digitouch.

Master’s degrees in Applied Economics and Accountancy from the University of Gent / Vlerick, Belgium.”

Didier Malherbe Didier Malherbe Vice President Public Affairs & General Manager UCB Belgium

Didier Malherbe joined UCB in 2006, as Vice President Public Affairs of UCB and Managing Director of UCB Belgium.
Having a degree in law from UCL, he started his career as an adviser and then chief of staff at the Walloon, Brussels and federal governments.
He joined the private sector in 1993, after an EMBA in G. Washington University (USA) and worked successively for Spadel, Bellsouth (USA) before taking the lead of the External Relations of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB).
He is also the founder of the European Student Fair and of the European Business Summit.
Didier Malherbe is Chairman of the Board of Bel V (regulatory controls in nuclear installations) and Vice-
President of Essenscia
He is member of the board of Pharma.be, European Biopharma Enterprises (EBE), Union Wallonne des Entreprises (UWE), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), BioWin, Welbio.
He is also President of the Audit Committee of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency.
Didier Malherbe is married and has 4 children.

Patrick Moermans Patrick Moermans Executive Director Corporate Finance, Degroof Petercam

Patrick Moermans has about 20 years of working experience in Investment Banking, at first for Bank Puilaetco and since 1997 for Bank Degroof. He has executed numerous advisory assignments with respect to capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and valuations of companies. He servedfor many years as director of Greenyard Foods, a Belgian listed food company.
He holds a degree in Economics fromUniversity of Leuven (KUL) and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tjarda Molenaar Tjarda Molenaar Managing Director Dutch Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NVP)

Tjarda Molenaar is managing director of the Dutch Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NVP), that represents the interests of the sector.
Since 2003, Tjarda has been a member of the General Council of The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW). Since 2007, she has been a member of the Advisory Committee Seed Capital of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 2011, Tjarda was a member of the Expert Group on Finance, advising the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Commissie De Swaan). In 2013, Tjarda joined the Board of the Nyenrode Foundation, owner of Nyenrode Business Universiteit and Nyenrode estate. She also chairs the Supervisory Board of a regional childcare organisation.
Before, she was an investment consultant with Gilde Investment Management and a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. Tjarda studied econometrics at the University of Amsterdam.

Nathalie Moll Nathalie Moll Secretary General, EuropaBio

After graduating with Honours in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from St Andrews University, Scotland, and a stage at the European Commission, Nathalie has spent nearly 20 years working for the biotech industry at EU and national level.

Nathalie started working in the biotechnology and food policy area for the European Crop Protection Association in Brussels and then moved to Rome to work for Dompé Farmaceutici S.p.A and the Italian National Biotech Association, Assobiotec dealing with the implementation of European biotech legislation at National level.

Within EuropaBio, Nathalie has held the posts of External Relations Manager, Director for Strategic Policy, Director for Healthcare Biotech, Director for Agricultural Biotech sector and Secretary General since 2010.

In the course of her career, Nathalie has focused on improving awareness of the importance and benefits of biotechnology for society and has worked, together with the industry, regulators and stakeholders, towards developing a more supportive legislative framework and operating environment for the industry and related sectors.

In 2013, Nathalie won the Technovisionaries Women Innovation Award organised by Women & Technologies® while in 2009, Nathalie and the Green Biotech Team at EuropaBio were presented with the Leadership and Excellence in Advancing Ag-Biotech and Food Issues Award.

Omar Mohout Omar Mohout Growth Engineer, Sirris

Omar Mohout, a former technology entrepreneur, is a widely published technology author, C-level advisor to high growth startups as well as Fortune 500 companies and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Antwerp Management School. He is author of ’Pricing Strategies for Startups’ and the popular  ’Startup Master Class series’. A contributing author to the ‘100 Days Digital Marketing Plan’ and ‘The Future of Business’ books.
Mohout is a columnist for Data News, Bloovi and StartUs; Co-chair of the Circle Of Growth, Organizer of the Growth Hacking Meetup, Co-founder of the #BeTech Community and Member of the Board of Directors at Startups.be. He is also a mentor at Founder Institute, IdeaLabs, Startathlon, Virtuology Academy, Flanders DC and Belgium Ambassador at World Startup Report.
Mohout is a keynote speaker and panelist on technology, marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation topics at leading conferences.

Vincent Reuter Vincent Reuter CEO,Union wallonne des entreprises

Vincent Reuter is graduated in law at the Liège University and in European law at the Gand University. He started his career as legal advisor for the “Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Belges” in Brussels, than he continued with the “Institut Provincial des Classes Moyennes à Liège” and finally at the “Société Carbochimique à Bruxelles” (Kemira since 1987).

Later, he held various positions within the chemicals fertilizer group Kemira, including that of CEO. Vincent Reute is currently CEO at the “l’Union Wallonne des Entreprises”, Chairman of the Board of “l’Office national du Ducroire”, Vice-President of “Conseil Economique et Social de la Région Wallonne” (C.E.S.R.W), Member of the Board of “Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique” (F.E.B.), Member of the Executive Committee of “l’Ecole de Perfectionnement au Management” (E.P.M.), Administrator of “Centre Wallon de la Qualité” (CEQUAL), Member of the Governing council of “HEC-ULG Ecole de gestion” (Liège) and administrator of “Fondation pour l’Enseignement”.

William STEVENS William STEVENS Founder & Managing Director, Europe Unlimited / Tech Tour

A Belgian national, William STEVENS graduated from EAP-European School of Management (Paris, Oxford, Berlin – Diplôme de Grande Ecole de Gestion – Diplom Kaufmann) in 1989 and previously from the Catholic University of Brussels in Economics. He embarked on his professional career at the European Venture Capital Association (EVCA) where he was appointed Secretary General at the age of 25. He launched several ambitious initiatives, one that led to the creation of EASDAQ (which became Nasdaq Europe) while significantly growing revenues, profits and membership. William founded Europe Unlimited in 1998 to be a much-needed European hub for fast-growing entrepreneurs raising their profile with venture capital investors. Today, Europe Unlimited has achieved that difficult mission and is a profitable company. Europe Unlimited organises 25 international venture and technology partnering forums with over 1,000 presenting entrepreneurs every year attracting a real network of venture capital investors, corporate partners, university tech transfer groups, innovation policy makers and deal makers. William also founded the International Venture Club (www.iventureclub.com) which is a collaborative platform of leading venture investors, involving independent venture funds and corporate, institutional and government investors. He also partnered at strategic level with www.techtour.com. William speaks English, French, Dutch and German and gets by in Italian. His interests are his family and friends, reading politics, travelling and hiking. He is married and has 2 daughters.


Since October 2006, Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts has been the general manager of Flanders Investment & Trade, the government agency supporting Flemish companies in their effort to deploy business internationally abroad and assisting foreign companies seeking to set up business or expand operations in Flanders, the northernmost region of Belgium. From May 1st 2012 on, she was appointed CEO of FIT by the government of Flanders.
Claire Tillekaerts has been an independent barrister at the Ghent Court of Law for 2 decades, along with various academic teaching commissions at Ghent University.
In 2001, she was commissioned to establish the law department at the Hogeschool Gent, in a bid to bring about the merger with other centres of higher education, an assignment combined with that of advisor at the creation of the Ghent University Association and with establishing international research fundings.
Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts was born in Ghent, Flanders on 16 February 1957. She holds a Master’s degree in law and a postgraduate degree in Management Studies.
Her main interests are languages and music.

Bart Van der Roost Bart Van der Roost CEO neoScores®

Bart Van der Roost (born 14/04/1981) was destined to be an entrepreneur. After starting out as a musician himself, he moved into musical management. And now he has his own company: neoScores®.

As COO of the world-renowned Brussels Philharmonic Bart got to know the ins and outs of the cultural sector. His MBA at Vlerick allowed him to further expand this expertise. As CEO of neoScores® he currently combines his two passions. His aim? To turn the world of music publishing on its head.

Gerrit  Van der Scheer Gerrit Van der Scheer CEO Royal Reesink N.V.

2009- present CEO Royal Reesink N.V.
1998-2009 Director Reesink Staal B.V. en Reesink Technische Handel B.V.
1996-1998 Director Holland Asia Motors B.V./Distrimotor B.V.
1993-1995 Commercial Manager Bowe Papierhandlingsystemen at De Blaeuwe Werelt
1991-1993 Division Manager Motrac B.V.
1984-1991 Sales Manager Motrac B.V.

Additional Functions;
2011-2013 Member Supervisory Board THR B.V.
2003-2010 Chairman Federation Agrotechniek, section agricultural machinery (now Fedecom)
1999-2012 Chairman Staalfederatie Nederland (SFN)

Vincent Van Dessel Vincent Van Dessel CEO, Euronext Brussels

Since September 2009, he serves as President and CEO of Euronext Brussels and member of the Management Board of the Euronext Group.
He started his career as a stockbroker in 1984.
He joined the Brussels Stock Exchange in 1992 as Director Markets and Listing and later became member of the management board of the Brussels Exchanges.
At the merger of the Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels exchanges into Euronext in September 2000, he became member of the executive committee.
From January 2000 to June 2003, he was President of the Market Authority of the Brussels Exchanges, responsible for members admission, listing, company information and the supervision of the markets.
Since 2003, he was General Manager of Euronext Brussels.
He is Licenciaat-Doctorandus in Applied Economics at the K.U.Leuven University, Belgium and is also guest lecturer in several universities of which the K.U.Leuven, Louvain School of Management and Paris Sorbonne.
He is married and father of twins born in 1990.

Jeroen van Glabbeek Jeroen van Glabbeek CEO, CM

Jeroen van Glabbeek is co-founder and CEO of the international mobile messaging and payments company CM. As an innovator and expert in the mobile market Jeroen is regularly invited to speak on conferences and events. The Companies’ efforts were rewarded with prestigious prices and nominations like Great Place to Work, Technology Fast 50 and Best Managed Companies. CM was founded in 1999 and has offices in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, The Hague and Breda. CM is constantly evolving and represents a team of approximately 170 curious people that strive for innovation in mobile messaging and payments.

Robbert van Heekeren Robbert van Heekeren CFO of Kiadis Pharma N.V

Robbert van Heekeren is Chief Financial Officer of Kiadis Pharma N.V. Before joining Kiadis Pharma, he was Executive Director, Head Global Finance & Control at Organon, the former pharmaceutical business unit of AkzoNobel. Mr. Van Heekeren worked for Organon for more than 10 years in various international management positions. He has supported several early stage- and growth stage-companies as a supervisory board director. Mr. van Heekeren holds a Masters degree in Economics from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Maurice Van Tilburg Maurice Van Tilburg CEO, Euronext Amsterdam

Maurice van Tilburg is CEO of Euronext Amsterdam and member of the Managing Board of Euronext since February 2015. Until this appointment, he was Head of Business Projects & Design of the European Equity and Equity Derivatives Markets at Euronext, where he was responsible for the process reform of business initiatives and project delivery of new products and services. Prior to that Mr. Van Tilburg was in charge of issuer support and execution of corporate actions across all Euronext Cash Markets in Europe.
Mr. Van Tilburg started his career in the exchange sector in 1995 at the EOE Options Exchange in Amsterdam and then moved to Euroclear Netherlands where he was responsible for the operational delivery of all settlement and custody services for the Dutch market. Maurice van Tilburg holds an engineering degree and a post graduate audit degree from the VU University Amsterdam.

Saskia Van Uffelen Saskia Van Uffelen CEO Belux Ericsson nv / sa

Saskia Van Uffelen has been working in the sector of information and communication technology (ICT) for over 25 years. She has held national and international sales and marketing functions in leading companies such as Xerox, Compaq, HP, Arinso, Bull and CSB Consulting . In may 2014, she was appointed as CEO Belgium and Luxemburg of Ericsson bringing her through the Telecom offer in the heart of the Networked Society. As a manager, Saskia Van Uffelen always keeps a keen eye on the human aspects of collaboration in a company. She focusses heavily on ensuring the synergies between the different generations inside Ericsson to make everybody proud, and in interview and guest columns she urges her peers to do the same. As a female role model in the ICT sector she has been honored as ICT Woman of the Year in 2011 (Data News) and Inspiring Lady of the Year 2013 in Science, Technology and Research in Luxembourg (Inspiring Wo-Men) In November 2012, the federal ministry of economic affairs appointed Saskia Van Uffelen as ‘Digital Champion’ for Belgium in support of European Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To stimulate the roll out of the Digital Agenda in Belgium she sensitizes all local stakeholders about the Digitalization of the educational system, boosting the e-Commerce and safety on the internet and focusing on the specifics of e-skills to turnaround our economy. Saskia Van Uffelen is married, and a mother of five.

Philippe Vanrie Philippe Vanrie CEO, EBN

Philippe Vanrie is the CEO of EBN, the leading pan-European Network bringing together 200+ accredited Business & Innovation Centers (EU-BICs), Innovation-based Incubators, Accelerators, Clusters and Entrepreneurship Centers across Europe and beyond (USA, Canada, Brazil, Chili, Columbia, Russia, India, China, Taiwan, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, …), a community gathering thousands of smart innovators and entrepreneurs.
An experienced expert in innovation, incubation/acceleration, entrepreneurship and economic development, Philippe has a long collaboration experience with the European Commission (EC), and other European institutions (EIB, EIT), as well as the European Space Agency (ESA), and a series of national & regional Governmental Agencies. He is active in various EC Experts Groups, such as the “Smart Specialization Strategy (S3)” Mirror Group (DG REGIO), the “Cross-Border Investment for high growth SMEs” expert group (DG Grow), the Micro-Enterprises and SME working Group of the ENISA “information system security” EC-Agency, and the EIT-KICs’ business creation review panel. On the private sector side, he initiated Open Innovation partnerships between small business clusters and large Corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Auchan and SAP.
He has chaired several Jurys of “Innovators & Entrepreneurs Awards” (“Var Terre d’Innovation”, “Innovact Campus Awards”).
Engineer by education, Philippe started his career at the University of Brussels and then joined the first EU-BIC in Liège. Afterwards, he joined the private sector where he had senior Business Development responsibilities within several industrial SMEs, before transforming EBN into a high-caliber leading non-governmental innovation network, an open platform managing a portfolio of 30+ European collaborative projects.

Luc Vansteenkiste Luc Vansteenkiste Chairman EuropeanIssuers

Luc Vansteenkiste has a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louvain in Belgium.

He spent his whole career with Recticel, a leading producer of polyurethane foams for furniture and industrial use, where he became CEO in 1991 and Vice President in 2010.

He was also Chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Belgium from 2002 to 2005.

He is currently President of Sioen and serves as non executive director on several boards.

He is also very active in the economic reconversion plan of the Walloon Region (Marshall Plan).

His main focus is the promotion of entrepreneurship and job creation, which requires a balanced and stable regulatory framework. In order to promote such a framework, he became Chairman of EuropeanIssuers in 2014.

Walter Verbeke Walter Verbeke Head of Strategic Planning di Euroclear

Walter Verbeke, Director and Head of Strategic Planning, is a senior executive within the Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs division at Euroclear. He analyses market trends, strategic threats and business development opportunities for the Euroclear group, and gives guidance to the group’s strategic direction.

Mr. Verbeke joined Euroclear in 2004 from McKinsey & Co. where he was a strategic business consultant, leveraging 20 years of professional experience in the finance, transport and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Verbeke holds a Masters’ degree in Law from the University of Antwerp, specialising in European and international law, in addition to complementary Bachelors’ studies in Applied Economics from the same university.

Erik Vermeulen Erik Vermeulen Professor of Business & Financial Law, Tilburg University

Erik P.M. Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). He is also Senior Counsel Corporate at Philips (a technology company) in the Netherlands. Much of his current research focuses on the life cycle of a company – from idea to fully mature company, the sources of capital available at each stage of a company’s development, and the role of corporate governance in encouraging innovation and maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit across a company’s life cycle. Furthermore, his research focuses on financial markets, innovation policies and ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker on these topics and has published extensively in top journals and books.
Erik has served as an expert advisor to numerous local and national governments around the world concerning financial and venture capital markets and innovation ecosystems. As a Vice President at Philips, Erik advises on corporate group structuring and restructuring, corporate venturing, international joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

Robin Wauters Robin Wauters Founder and editor of Tech.eu

Robin Wauters is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, a digital publication dedicated to covering the EU tech industry in depth. He was formerly European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch (acquired by AOL in 2010).

Petra Zijp Petra Zijp Partner and Head of Capital Markets di NautaDutilh

Petra Zijp, graduated from Amsterdam University in 1992 (English and Italian) and in 1994 (Law) and joined NautaDutilh in 1995. In 1999 and 2000 she was based in the London office, after which she returned to the Amsterdam office at the beginning of 2001. She became a partner of NautaDutilh in 2002. At present, she leads NautaDutilh’s Capital Markets Group and is active in the firm’s Investment Management Group. She has acted as special Dutch counsel to companies, underwriters and investors in a variety of public and private equity and debt offerings and listings on Euronext Amsterdam and abroad (New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq National Market) of both Dutch and foreign stock.