Karen Celis, academic coordinator People
Karen Celis is a research professor at the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and co-chair of the RHEA Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity, Intersectionality. She conducts theoretical and empirical research (qualitative and comparative) on the political representation of groups (women, ethnic minorities, class, LGBT and age groups) and intersectionality. In her recent research she focuses on the quality of political representation from the perspective of disadvantaged groups. Besides academic coordinator People, she is also a member of the VUB Equality Team.
Valéry Ann Jacobs, academic coordinator Prosperity
Apart from being academic coordinator Prosperity, Professor of Engineering Sciences Valéry Ann Jacobs is also academic coordinator Well-being of the VUB. She also leads the Taskforce Interpersonal Relationships, which aims to make and keep the VUB a safe and inclusive environment for all members of its community.
Waldo Galle, academic coordinator Planet
Visiting professor Waldo Galle has always felt that the young generation - which includes himself - has a duty to stop waste. This conviction of his has only been strengthened during his training as an engineer-architect and as a researcher of sustainability transitions. It made him realise that it is perfectly possible to stop designing buildings as disposable products. His commitment to sustainability is therefore based more on knowledge and research. But that knowledge has led to a personal conviction. "We all win by a more sustainable world, and we know what the consequences are if we do not act." Besides academic coordinator Planet, Waldo Galle is also academic coordinator of the sustainability policy of the VUB.
Alexander Mattelaer, academic coordinator Peace
Alexander is Vice-Dean for Research and Associate Professor of International Security at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). At the VUB, he teaches the courses 'International Security and Strategic Studies', 'Modern Diplomacy', and 'Political Structures and Processes of the European Union'. He was also for three years a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, where he taught about European defence cooperation and NATO. Needless to say, with such a CV, he is the perfect person to take care of the P of Peace.
Vincent Ginis, academic coordinator Partnership
Vincent Ginis is a research professor at the Faculty of Engineering and has received several prestigious international awards for his scientific work. He is also an editor for important journals such as Nature Photonics, Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications and New Journal of Physics. Due to the nature of his work and achievements, he is in constant contact with individuals and institutions from home and abroad and is an ideal academic coordinator Partnership.
Bart Van Kerkhove, academic coordinator Poincaré
Bart van Kerkhove doceert onder meer analytische en economische filosofie aan de VUB, en is tevens gastdocent wetenschapsfilosofie en milieufilosofie aan de Universiteit Hasselt. He sees it as one of the most important parts of his mission as an academic to guide new generations of young people in the development of their critical thinking skills, and help them find their place in our often overwhelming society. In other words, the role of Poincaré coordinator fits him like a glove.