Bart De Pauw
Actor and Screenwriter
Bart started his television career as an extra in a Belgian sitcom in 1987. The years after he explored the world of television doing things both on screen and behind the scenes as an actor and screenwriter, until his real breakthrough came in 1995 with ‘Buiten de Zone’, a television series for youngsters for which he received several national and international prizes.
Sihame El Kaouakibi
Founder of LET'S GO URBAN and CEO of A WOMAN'S VIEW.
Sihame is a social entrepreneur, innovator and inspiring lecturer. Known as founder of LET'S GO URBAN and CEO of A WOMAN'S VIEW.
After teacher training, she graduated as a Master in the educational science at the University of Brussels with great distinction.
Her unparalleled drive has also led her to create her own company, A Woman’s View, which offers consultancy to and develops concepts for governmental and other organizations involving youths, talent development, urban development, urbanization, urban culture, social innovation, entrepreneurship etc.
Let’s Go Urban was born from Sihame’s personal response to Belgium’s demographic rejuvenation. Leading by example, she aims to convince various stakeholders to invest in young people at all times, especially rough times.
She not only reaches a cross section of Belgium’s highly diverse population, she also gets her point across to a broader audience through lectures and a strong presence in a number of sectors, addressing governmental and other partners in their own language, so to speak.
With Let’s Go Urban, Sihame nurtures not only artistic talent but also general skills and attitudes useful in daily life at school, on the job, in society. She makes young people live up to their personal and civic responsibilities.
Sihame goes to great lengths to offer urban youths more perspective.
She is on several boards: as a member of the General Council and the Advisory Council of the Sociale Innovatiefabriek, and as president of Antwerp’s Provinciale Adviescommissie Cultuur and De Schoolbrug vzw. She also was chosen for the Individual Leadership Program in the US, by the Department of State and de US Embassy in Brussels.
She is a hardworking entrepreneur that knows how to invest today in the people of tomorrow! Headhunters and recruiters are contacting her to match her with business opportunities across different countries and help entrepreneurs to start up their dream.
Co-founder & CTO Peak – tentative
Founded Peak, the #1 self-improvement company, helping people reaching their Peak Performance in an enjoyable way.
Engineer, PhD in Nuclear Physics, Tech Entrepreneur with experience working on large scale platforms and startup environment.
Specialties: Web/Mobile Development, Service-Oriented Architecture, Scalability, Numerical modeling, Being smart with data
CEO Nationale Loterij
Haek earned a degree in political sciences at the University of Ghent in 1988. In the early 90’s he became Inspector-General of Finance at the Treasury Department.
He became Deputy-Chief-of-Staff at the cabinet of Louis Tobback, minister for the home office, in 1992.
Between 1995 en 2005 he was the Chief-of-Staff for several Deputy-Prime-Ministers. In that period he was engaged in several socio-economical files of national importance as the creation of Brussels Airlines, the closing down of the “Regie voor Maritiem Transport”, the Public Offering of Belgacom, the privatization of “De Post”, the transformation from “Het Gemeentekrediet” into “Dexia”, … Under his presidency, the Board of Directors and the Government decided on the privatization of Brussels Airport.
In January 2005 he was appointed by the government as CEO of “NMBS-Holding”. In 2003 he became CEO of “Nationale Loterij” He was appointed by the Flemish Government as boardmember at “Participatiemaatschappij Vlaanderen”.
Founder of COCOMO and Identify.Me
Lut Wyers is an example of the impact of a growth mindset and where it could take you. After her studies in physiotherapy and a specialization in “Manual Therapy”, she learned how to apply the same holistic approach in the world of business. Throughout the years she kept reinventing herself and was always triggering herself to choose new paths and enter new markets. From Event Manager to CEO, from conceptual thinker to identity developer, from author to speaker… If her passion and enthusiasm alone won’t trigger you, her story without any doubt will!
Entrepreneur and President VBO-FEB
Michèle Sioen holds a degree in Economics from Antwerp University and has attended several executive programs at Vlerick Management school.
She started in the IT company Atoll as a sales manager and afterwards she started to work in Sioen Industries, the textile firm founded in 1960 by her father. Sioen Industries is a Belgium-based group specializing in the production and processing of technical textiles. Michèle joined the Board of Directors of Sioen Industries in 1990, after two years in the IT sector. From 2000 to 2005 Michèle Sioen was General Manager of Sioen’s Coating Division, the largest of its three divisions. In 2005 she became CEO of Sioen Industries.
She was also a member of the board of directors in the sector organization Febeltex and has been President of Fedustria, the federation of textile industries, from 2001 till 2010.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of Belgacom (Proximus), is member of the board in several companies (among others D'Ieteren and ING Belgium) and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and board member at Guberna.
On April 24th 2014, she followed Pierre-Alain De Smedt as President of VBO-FEB, the Federation of Belgian Companies.
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colruyt Group
Jozef or "Jef" Colruyt is a Belgian businessman. In 1994 he succeeded his father Jo Colruyt as head of Colruyt group, a company with more than 29,000 employees.
After his studies, Jef Colruyt became a representative at Dexion in 1985, a German company for logistic systems. In 1986 and 1987 he was a representative at Marchal Systems, a company for chemical pumps.
In 1987, Jef Colruyt started working in the family business.
When his father Jo Colruyt deceased unexpectedly in 1994, Jef Colruyt took over the operational management of the company at 36 years old. Under his leadership, the French market was entered into and new store formulas were developed, such as the local shop OKay, baby specialist DreamBaby, toys and gaming specialist DreamLand and the organic supermarket Bio-Planet. In 2003, Spar was also added to the list.
Under the leadership of Jef Colruyt, Colruyt Group also started to pay more attention to sustainable entrepreneurship and social responsibility projects. The Collibri foundation for education,the transport charter, the charter concerning child labour and working conditions are examples of this. Also the participation in the wind farm Northwind is testimony to this.
European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu
European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu
Robin is a seasoned European technology journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu, a new digital publication dedicated to covering the EU tech industry in depth.
He was formerly the European Editor of The Next Web, and before that a senior editor at TechCrunch (acquired by AOL in 2010) and managing editor of Virtualization.com.
Robin started his career working as Internet marketing manager for IT company Hostbasket (acquired by Telenet) and later as online media manager for Belgian ICT publisher Datanews / VNUnet (acquired by Roularta). He went on to co-found social media agency Talking Heads in 2009 (the company became part of Web development agency Netlash in 2010).
Robin occasionally serve as a startup advisory board member – more specifically, he is currently a minor shareholder in / advisor to Belgian startups such as Checkthis (Frontback), Maily, Showpad, Argus Labs and ARTPLUS
Founder and vice president at Asociación Española de Startups. Vice president at Tetuan Valley.
Carmen Bermejo is specialized in pre-acceleration and early stage startups mentoring. She is CEO at Tetuan Valley since 2013 coordinating all the activities of the Association. She is the director of the Tetuan Valley Startup School in Madrid since the 8th edition (Spring 2013) and coordinated the program in Madrid and Barcelona. Within the Tetuan Valley activities she is working in various European projects with other accelerators and incubators around the EU. Most lately she has coordinated the creation of the Spanish Startup Manifesto, a document created with the collaboration of important member of the entrepreneurial community to try to foster innovation and economic growth in Spain.
Cofounder, CEO & Editor
Cofounder of the Rude Baguette, Liam Boogar is originally from the Silicon Valley. Since his move to Paris in 2010, Liam has become a thought leader on the European Startup Ecosystem, being interviewed in online, TV, and radio all over the world. He has spoken at Europe’s top technology events, and animates the Paris startup scene through the Rude Baguette blog and events.
CEO of ArcticStartup
Dmitri Sarle is currently the CEO of ArcticStartup. He is the force that drives a team of professionals to work hard and enjoy themselves at the same time.
Having founded over five companies in the past, he now used his ambition and unique vision to change the mission of ArcticStartup to support the entrepreneurial community in the Nordic and Baltic region.
Covering news and trends, sharing tips, working with the startup community and creating networking events relevant to the ecosystem are all close to his heart.
POWER MEETING MENTORS
Bert Van Wassenhove
Digital age marketing maven with a strategic view, a feel for analytics and a result driven mindset.
– Driven by innovation and digital media.
– Enough grey hair to think strategy.
– Enjoys public speaking
– Strong relational skills, experienced in leading and motivating teams.
– Loves coaching startup entrepreneurs
– Involved in multiple online communities (@ibert) and blogger (www.ibert.be)
– Wrote a book: www.digitaalmarketingplan.be
Areas of Expertise:
• Digital strategies
• Social media
• Conversion marketing
• Communication strategy
• Integrated business approaches
• Online communication
• Training & speaking
Professional speaker, consultant and published author
Fred Colantonio leads humans in brands, companies and entrepreneurs to create, grow and deal with their best business attitude and corporate brand.
Criminologist specialized in New Media and Technologies, Fred Colantonio used his habilities to understand the mindset and behavior of an individual as part of a group to serve growth in various business contexts. Nowadays, his approach encompasses a vision of human potential with "L’attitude des Héros" (www.lattitudedesheros.com and www.facebook.com/lattitudedesheros).
He gives inspirational talks in French and English mostly in Europe (so far: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, Croatia).
Jürgen De Smet
Agile & Lean (Executive) Coach, Trainer and Collaboration Architect
Jurgen De Smet was a guiding hand in one of the largest Agile transitions in EU Healthcare. A master of game techniques for serious enterprise, he has taken companies in some of the most risk-averse, regulated industries and made them rock star achievers of sustainable innovation.
His Belgium-based company Co-Learning supports senior and middle management and entrepreneurs in building and sustaining learning organizations.
Known as tough, knowledgeable, persistent and energizing, he is a driver of Gamestorming across Europe, a Innovation Games Qualified Instructor, and the first to implement Luke Hohmann’s concepts for citizen participation in Budget Games outside the United States.
Jurgen is a Certified LeSS (Large Scale Scrum) Trainer, Licensed Management 3.0 trainer, the author of "The Effective Use of Gamification Techniques in the Practical World", author of "Budgetspelen: Inwoners bepalen het beleid!", co-author of "Personal Kanban in a nutshell: The practical guide to personal happiness" and a leader in regional and global communities of practice that keep him freestyling with the best.
Specialties: Large-Scale Agile Adoptions, Lean Product Development, Agile Management, Collaboration, Engagement, Co-Creation, Gamification, Innovation, Creativity, BMGen, Cust.Dev., Design Thinking...
A digital native!
Owner at De Tondeldoos - Co Founder Comics Station Antwerp
Jeroen Jespers started in 2009 ‘The Tondeldoos’. An energetic and creative company that develops media concepts and brands. Jespers manufactures these concepts and exploits them. He brings distinctive entertainment concepts to life. One example is Comics Station Antwerp, www.comicsstation.be. A theme and experience park around the popular Belgian cartoon characters. Before he started ‘The Tondeldoos’ Jespers was spokesman and commercial manager of internationally renowned tennis star Kim Clijsters (2003-2008), Director of VRT Line Extensions (2004-2006) and as commercial director he lay at the basis of the successful Studio 100 (1996-2003).
COO Tech.eu, Co-founder EEYOU, Women in VR Europe
Leen Segers has been working with startups in the consumer media and tech space for almost ten years. In 2007, she set up the Marketing & Business Development department for the European startup Netlog (81 million registered members, backed by Index Ventures & Atomico). In 2011, she moved to London and went from evangelising Social Media to Online Video targeting media & entertainment companies in the UK and EMEA. She first worked for open source video platform Kaltura (short form video), followed by Saffron Digital (TV series & movies, mostly subscription based). In 2014, she returned to Brussels to lead the newly founded tech publication covering the European technology industry, tech.eu, as a COO alongside Robin Wauters. This challenge led in April 2016 up to her co-founding the startup EEYOU. In collaboration with Europe’s (public) broadcasters and most talented producers, EEYOU wants to provide easy access to curated, high quality VR content.
Together with Screen.Brussels, she has founded the "Women in VR Europe" initiative, aimed to empower European women in VR, AR and other future visual technologies. Screen.Brussels is a Brussels based Cluster who’s vision is to position the Brussels-Capital Region as a centre of excellence for audiovisual and related innovative technologies worldwide.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomeninVREU/
Social Media Strategist, Trainer & Consultant | Keynote Speaker
The past fifteen years I've acquired skills in the field of social media and digital communication & marketing, internal and external collaboration, community building and team training. Former jobs allowed me to lead teams (Telenet) and help build a social media agency (Talking Heads). I'm passionate about sharing knowledge and skills, the way in which networks.. well... work, about building communities, on the inside as well as on the outside of an organization or company. People make me tick. Passion is my driver.
I'm interested in change management, social government, social business, convgov, public speaking, social media strategy, Toastmasters, leadership, open gov, collaboration, digital workplace, tourism, digital marketing, NWOW, travel, cycling and having a positive impact.
Managing Partner Volta Ventures
Previously Filip was VP corporate business development and M&A at Barco, playing a key role in the company’s growth strategy, venturing, and structuring and negotiation of its acquisitions, investments and divestments.
Before joining Barco Filip was active in venture capital (at FLV Fund) and strategic consulting, both in Belgium and internationally. Filip started his career at Alcatel, where he held several senior positions, including global strategy, marketing and product management of its 500 million EUR corporate network business.
As an expat, Filip lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and Singapore. He obtained Master in Electrical Engineering (Leuven, Belgium), Business Administration (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium) and MBA (Cornell, USA) degrees.
Independent service provider
Over 30 years bringing international marketing, sales and business start solutions to a variety of private and public sector organisations. Based in Brussels Damien applies an entrepreneurial approach to projects which require strategic balance, commercial focus and imagination.
Partner at EY Accountants
As an accounting Partner at EY Philppe has a broad comprehensive accounting and tax experience, serving local SME's and large multinational corporations in manufacturing, industrial, retail, wholesale and services business. He has an in-depth experience in national and international companies, both in the profit and non-profit sector.
Ignace Van Oortegem
Manager IVO Consult
Ignace studied at the University of Leuven and got master degrees in Law (1983) and Economics (1985).
After a long career in the banking industry (at KBC Group, Brussels) he turned to the SME industry. He regularly takes missions from Unizo and other parties in order to help specific SME’s to exploit opportunities or counter their problems.
Ignace is passionate about helping companies to grow. A growing entity is a great environment. It drives people’s performance to higher levels and creates opportunities for the companies and the people they employ. Unfortunately, it also brings “growing pains”. The capacity and the structure of a company should be aligned with the strategic goals, the activity level and the market environment. Helping SME’s to anticipate and solve these problems is Ignace’s personal ambition.
Director at EY Belgium
Kurt Wellens is Director at Ernst & Young Belgium where he is a member of the Cleantech and Sustainability Services department. Kurt has more than 15 years’ experience in executing and leading compliance, governance, risk, extended producer responsibility, circular economy and performance improvement projects.
Kurt has acted as trainer and facilitator on several occasions and has been or is part of expert panel discussion groups on marketing, communication, finance and legal. He has also been appointed as the expert on the new ISO norm on compliance to provide training for the Belgian rules and standards organisation (NBN).
Kurt has initiated the development of the EY Strategic Value Management methodology: an integrated, systematic and practical approach to capture and respond to internal and external challenges and opportunities with the aim to safeguard and maximise (long term) organisational value.
From a private point of view, Kurt is married and father of 2 sons, loves reading, dinning and wining and has a passion for cycling.