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).
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)
2003 – 2015: Head of Capital Markets, SNS Securities
2000 – 2003: Vice President Principal Investments, NIBC
1994 – 2000: Corporate Finance, M&A, Bank Labouchere
Founder and (former) chairman of the Heineken Race of the Classis (www.rotc.nl)
Sailing, Tennis, Running (half marathons), skiing, reading.
Recently, he launched Startup Factory, a startup studio focusing on innovation for big corporates.
Jean-Pierre DI BARTOLOMEO has a Masters Degree in Finance (Liege University) and Master Degree in SMEs’ financing in DURHAM UNIVERSITY Business School, UK.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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”.
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.
2011-2013 Member Supervisory Board THR B.V.
2003-2010 Chairman Federation Agrotechniek, section agricultural machinery (now Fedecom)
1999-2012 Chairman Staalfederatie Nederland (SFN)
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.
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.