The Fellowship project began in 2012, initiated by the Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School. The first Fellows were a great success through their active engagement, after which the project was quickly adopted by other faculties. Today, thanks to this initiative, VUB has a network of inspiring ambassadors.

The Fellows of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School come from diverse sectors. Top managers in the auto sector, sustainable energy, digital innovation and culture, among other fields. They have all proven to be actively engaged through for example guest lectures, guiding master’s theses or offering internships, research data etc. We are looking forward to increasing this network with inspiring professionals.



  • Editor & Coordinator Investigative journalism De Tijd

Lars Bové is a journalist with the Belgian newspaper De Tijd and a journalism teacher in Brussels (Campus Persgroep) and Antwerp (Lessius Hogeschool). He started his reporting career in 2003, first as an investigative journalist for the Belgian magazine Humo and later for De Tijd. Lars Bové has received awards for his work, such as the Citibank Journalistic Excellence Award 2012. He conducted research into the profit of the criminal economy in Belgium and the Belfius Press Award 2013 for a research report on the tax contributions of billionaire Bernard Arnault.

  • Executive Vice President at Telenet 

Ann Caluwaerts started her career in 1990 with Lernout and Hauspie Speech Products. Since then, she has been working in several management roles at different companies. In 2011 she joined Telenet as senior vice president of media relations and public affairs. She has been appointed Executive Vice President People, Brand & Corporate Affairs since April 2020.

  • Chief Data Officer – BNP Paribas Fortis

Jo Coutuer graduated from KU Leuven as a commercial engineer in policy informatics. He then obtained an MBA in international financial management. He started his career as a consultant at what was then Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 2016 he has been an active member of the executive committee of BNP Paribas Fortis as Chief Data Officer.

Jo Coutuer has built up substantial experience in data management, data protection, data governance, artificial intelligence, big data architecture, analytics and business intelligence. He is known for his international and critical perspective. He actively focuses on the protection of privacy with his support of the VUB chair Data Protection on the Ground. His expertise will be applied throughout the university, various public and academic events under the umbrella of the chair, discussing topical data protection challenges.

  • CEO Optimel

An De Pauw is an alumna of the VUB where she studied at the Solvay Business School. She is an experienced manager and avid e-mobility expert. She is passionate about the market developments of mobility, charging solutions and electric cars. After her management positions at Tesla and D'Ieteren, she became CEO of Optimel, a software development company owned by three partners: Touring, AG Insurance & BNP Paribas Fortis.

  • CEO Bureau for Standardisation

Johan Haelterman studied business administration at VUB between 1986 and 88. He began his career in IT, after which he became a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In this role, he advised listed companies and multinationals. The experience gave him the necessary expertise to start consultancy activities at Grant Thornton.

Since 2012 Johan Haelterman is the chair of the executive committee of NBN. NBN is a member of  ISO and responsible for developing standards in Belgium. Through the ISO network, NBN captures the knowledge of more than 100.000 experts worldwide and disseminates this knowledge to businesses and other stakeholders. Thanks to the innovative solutions of NBN, thousands of students and academics in Belgium and abroad have free access to ISO standards and European standards.

Johan works with various academics from the faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School. Recently, Johan asked the VUB to study the effect of standards on the Belgian economy. As a Fellow, he wants to reinforce the link between standardisation, the business world and academia.


  • Former federal ombudsman

Guido Herman obtained his master's degree in applied economics at the VUB, after which he remained connected as a researcher. He has worked for the European Community and he was hospital director of AZ Healthcare East Coast, an OCMW hospital in Blankenberge. He has been a federal ombudsman from 2013 till 2020 and he chairs the Belgian network of ombudsmen. Guido Hermans has a very large network of Belgian and international senior government officials.

  • Managing Director at New Horizons Project Geopolitical Strategy Advice and Analysis

Shada Islam started her career as a correspondent for Asia's leading weekly magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review, where she worked for over 20 years. She joined the European Policy Center think tank in Brussels in 2007, where she was responsible for EU-Asia relations. In 2011, she launched the successful Asia program of Friends of Europe, quickly becoming one of Europe's most influential knowledge platforms on EU-Asia relations. Today she is a Managing Director at New Horizons, an advisory organization.

  • CEO Beltug

Danielle Jacobs graduated from the VUB in 1986 where she studied economics. After her education, she held various positions at a number of companies. She is now CEO of Beltug, the largest association of Belgian ICT professionals. Danielle Jacobs is also a member of the Belgian Telecommunications Advisory Committee and of the board of directors of DNS.be, a non-profit organization aimed to register domain names under the top level dot.be.

  • Head of Talent Acquisition EMEA Microsoft

Elke Jorens graduated from VUB in 1990 as a commercial engineer. She started her career as a consultant at Accenture. Since 2006 she has worked at Microsoft, first as HR Director for Belgium and Talent Acquisition Lead for West Europe. In 2013 she became Senior Director Head of Talent Acquisition Europe, the Middle East & Africa. In this role she is responsible for the recruitment of sales, service and engineering staff in more than 100 countries in the EMEA region. Her team recruits 6,000 people a year.

With her rich career and experience at Microsoft, Elke Jorens knows better than anyone how new technology changes the labour market. VUB is honoured that she will challenge and inspire students and professors with new insights about gender equality, innovation and cross-curricular learning and working.

VUB’s humanistic values are still the values that Elke Jorens applies each day in carrying out her function and managing her teams.

  • Executive Director European Publishers Council

Angela Mills Wade studied business administration at the French Institute in Paris. After graduating in 1977 she began a long career in the media. For 20 years she has been Director of the European Publishers Council, an association of press companies in Europe.

Angela Mills Wade defends the economic interests of the sector at policy level and focuses on further professionalising journalism. She also established Europe Analytica, through which she independently represents the public interests of the most diverse media companies.

She is a sounding board for research group SMIT’s Journalism, Participation and Trust unit, under the leadership of proxima Karen Donders. She is also a highly valued partner of the VUB event Difference Day, held on 3 May, Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day.

  • Co-founder – Citizen Lab

Aline Muylaert graduated from VUB in 2016 as a commercial engineer. During her studies she lost her heart to social enterprise, which inspired her to set up Citizenlab in 2015. Citizenlab is an e-democracy platform through which governments can involve citizens in their policymaking. Over 200 governments in more than 15 countries use the platform. This success brought her a place in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Law & Policy category.

She also sits on the steering group of Start.VUB, the VUB start-up incubator for student entrepreneurs.

Aline Muylaert inspires our students to be entrepreneurs. She shares her motivation and expertise via guest lectures and master’s theses for enterprising students. The Social Entrepreneurship chair will continue to grow thanks to her engagement.

  • Film producer 

Emmy Oost studied language and literature at Ghent University and worked as a film producer for the renowned Belgian filmmaker Johan Grimonpez. Her company 'Cassette for Timescapes' focuses on documentary and cross-media projects with a social or political dimension. She is also a co-founder of iDROPS, a platform for digital innovation in the cultural and creative industries and the social sector. In addition, she developed the app "Find Me in Kakuma" to reunite refugee children with their parents, with research center imec and director Lieven Corthouts, as part of their documentary The Invisible City: Kakuma, which won the Flemish Culture Prize in 2016.

  • Senior Project Coordinator King Baudouin Foundation

Saïda Sakali works for the King Baudouin Foundation, and is also active in the cultural sector. She is a member of the board of several cultural institutions boards including De Buren and the AB in Brussels and De Singel in Antwerp, Based on the motto ‘culture is everywhere’, she works on various initiatives to strengthen diversity and participation in culture.

Gilles Samyn is a senior executive. He is specialized in buying and selling companies and company participations. After his military service, he joined the entrepreneur Albert Frère in 1974 with whom he spent a large part of his career. Due to his business talent, he has developed into a top executive at Albert Frère by closing several multi million euro deals. Gilles Samyn was knighted in the French Légion d'Honneur. He received the medals of honor from former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Gilles Samyn has always been affiliated with the ULB. Since 1981 he teaches at Ecole de Commerce Solvay.

  • Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Argenta

Petra van Zand gained her master’s in applied economic science at VUB and has enjoyed a long career in the finance industry. She also took the initiative to sponsor a VUB chair Value-centric analytics for sustainable risk management with Argenta. Before becoming Chief Data & Analytics at Argenta, she was the company’s director of credit risk policy, and before that she worked in various roles at Dexia.

  • CEO - Febiac

Luc Bontemps graduated as business engineer at the VUB in 1978, and started his career as a researcher and teaching assistant at VUB, within the current department of Business. After 3 years, he joined, among others, leading companies in the automotive industry such as Pirelli and Recticel Automotive, where he held various senior management positions at both the national and international level. In 1999, he joined FEBIAC to offer his industrial expertise to one of the most important and well-known trade associations in Belgium and served as its CEO until November 2020.

  • Director Logistiek Retail Partners Colruyt Group

André Céron graduated as an Industrial Engineer in Electromechanics (KIHA) and has a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Vlerick Ghent. He started his career as a project engineer for heavy metallic constructions. He worked in the automotive industry for Volkswagen Group for more than 10 years. The past 20 years he has developed his career in supply chain at the Colruyt Group. For over ten years he has been director supply chain non-food,  and actualy he is director logistics within the business operating unit Retail Partners Colruyt Group. André was also lecturer Supply Chain Management at the VUB.

  • Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Network at STIB-MIVB

Tamara De Bruecker graduated as a Solvay Business Engineer from VUB in 1990. She has a long and outstanding track record in marketing and communications at Flemish public transport operator De Lijn, Procter & Gamble and De Persgroep Publishing. Since 2018 she started as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at STIB-MIVB. She also won a Gold Effie Award in 2015 for a De Lijn marketing campaign. This is the most prestigious award in marketing.

  • Consultant at Egon Zehnder and Chairman Elect VUB

Before joining Egon Zehnder in 1995, Karsten held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles at Callebaut International, the world’s leading chocolate producer, last as its Sales and Marketing Director for the U.K. and Ireland.

Karsten earned a master’s in commercial engineering from the Solvay School of Economics and Management of VUB and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He has been elected Chairman of the VUB in 2019 and equally is a member of the university hospital governing board.

  • Director - Member of the Executive Committee - P&V Group

Philippe De Longueville obtained 2 degrees at the KU Leuven – he acquired a Master in Mathematics in 1988 and a Master in Actuarial Sciences in 1990. His most recent professional experiences include being a Member of the Executive Board at Secura (2004-2007), a Member of the Executive Board at QBE Europe (2010-2013) and the Head of Actuarial and R&D at QBE Europe (2013-present).

Mr. De Longueville’s experience includes reinsurance at executive level, with a focus on underwriting. He developed his additional skills through his executive position at the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium and by teaching reinsurance (mathematics) at university and professional level.

His key experiences include management of a reinsurance company, underwriting management and reinsurance pricing, set-up and implementation of strategy, people management of highly educated profiles and project management.

  • President - General Chairman of the Vermeylenfonds

Willem Debeuckelaere studied Law at Ghent University. He worked as a lawyer between 1977 and 1995 and chief of staff for the Belgian minister of the interior from 1995 to 1998. He was a Trial Court Judge in Ghent, and in 2002, counselor for the Appellate court in Ghent. He was Vice President (2004-2007) and President (2007-2019) for the Belgian Data Protection Authority. Since November 2019, Willem Debeuckelaere is the General Chairman of the Vermeylenfonds.

  • Global Supply Innovation Next Generation - Technical Director at Procter & Gamble

Lieven Deketele obtained a MSc in Applied Engineering Industrial Chemistry in 1996 and a Master in Industrial Management in 2010 at Ghent University. He is currently a Technical Section Head in Procter & Gamble organization where he coordinates eCommerce logistics research & development in the Global Supply Network Innovation Center. After a career of 11 years in product development involving the launch of several new to the market products Lieven was the first P&G researcher to be fully dedicated to the field of Logistics R&D and is now a full time member of the Supply Network Innovation Center that was founded in fall 2009. In this role, Lieven is leading the research on eCommerce Logistics and is process designer and owner for innovation methodologies. Lieven maintains contacts with academia, associations and companies in the field of logistics supply chain design and is in the advisory board of the Flanders Institute of Logistics.

  • Country Director at Google Belgium

Thierry Geerts graduated as Solvay Business Engineer at VUB in 1989. During his studies, he already founded a student enterprise, within the framework of the Entrepreneurial Talent Corporation. After his studies, he started working as auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, but quite soon his passion for media, online marketing, and innovation led him to management and board positions at, among others, Corelio Publishing, Nostalgie, VAR, Clickx, and Passe-Partout. In 2008 he became CEO of Corelio Business Development and of Arkafund. Now he is Country Director of Google Belgium and  he is positioned in the heart  of online marketing and innovative entrepreneurship. Interestingly, he still combines  his job at Google with a board position at Kasteel Den Brandt, an offspring of his student venture.


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  • Chief Executive Officer at Accent Jobs 

After graduating as Business Engineer at VUB in 1998, Anouk Lagae started to work for Unilever as Group Brand Manager for three years. In February 2001, she switched to The Coca Cola Company, where she held diverse positions in marketing and innovations, worldwide. In March 2012 she started at Duvel Moortgat to become Chief Marketing Officer. Now she is Chief Executive Officer at Accent Jobs. 

  • Président Directeur Général SNCF Réseau

Luc Lallemand built a career in technologies that support transport and financial management. After obtaining a degree in Nautical Sciences at the Antwerp Maritime Academy, he obtained a degree in Business Engineering at the Haute Ecole Francisco Ferrer and a diploma at the Institut de Cambisme et de Finance Internationale, both located in Brussels. In 1995 he started his career at the Treasury department of NMBS. In 1999 he became the deputy head of cabinet for Belgium’s Vice-Prime Minister, with responsibility for complex matters such as public finances, public debt, public companies and transport. In 2002 he rejoined NMBS as CFO and member of the Executive Committee. After his career as CEO of Infrabel (2004-2020), he currently serves as the chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau.

  • Director at PwC Belgium 

Isabelle Meunier graduated as Master of Science in Applied Economics at VUB in 1995. She started her career as an auditor in the Big 4-firm Deloitte Belgium (1995-2006) and became a registered auditor in 2004. In 2006 she switched to the Belgian Institute for Registered Auditors (IBR) where she first became responsible for the quality assurance and surveillance and since 2011 served as the Deputy Secretary General. After her career at the IBR she became Director at PWC Belgium in 2017.

  • Director of Klara at VRT

During her studies, Chantal Pattyn already started working for Radio 1. On Studio Brussel she was the host of the alternative music program “Update” and the cultural magazine Frituur Victoria. She also presented the TV news magazine De Zevende Dag. In 2000 she moved to Klara, the cultural radio station where she hosted the art program Alinea. In 2007, Chantal Pattyn was appointed as Director of Klara. Since 2013, she combines her job as director with hosting the art program Pompidou.

  • Journalist Knack

Ann Peuteman studied Germanic philology at Ghent University and afterwards went straight to work for the newspaper Het Volk. In the summer of 2000, she started working for Knack as a government reporter. Since 2012 she mainly writes about health care and education. Alongside her work for Knack, she can regularly be heard on the radio, as well as moderating live events. She’s also an expert on elderly care and wrote two books on the subject. From time to time she gives guest lectures and has given writing classes at VUB.

  • Regional Head Sales & Marketing Northern Europe at The Adecco Group

Nico Reeskens graduated in 1985 as Business Engineer at the VUB. He started his career in management at Andersen Consulting. This was followed by a long passage in ICT, with commercial and management positions at Apple, Orange Group, Scoot, Telenet and British Car Auctions. In 2013 he started as CEO at Adecco Group Belgium and in 2020 he became regional Head Sales & Marketing Northern Europe.

  • President NVSM 

Micheline Scheys graduated as a sociologist at the VUB in 1974. She worked as a researcher at the VUB for almost 20 years. Since 1993, she is employed at the Ministry of Education: first as a researcher, later on as the head of the section ‘Policy Oriented Coordination’. In 2010, she became the first female Secretary General of the Education Department in Flanders. Now she is President of National Confederation of Socialist Mutualities.

  • Press Officer at Renew Europe

After obtaining his Master’s in Political Sciences at the University of Leeds (UK), Vincent Stuer joined the liberal party VLD in 1999 before becoming the spokesman for the party’s President Karel De Gucht. In 2004 he followed Karel De Gucht when the latter became Minister of Foreign Affairs, focusing on the Minister’s communication and press relations and writing his speeches and press articles. After joining the European Commission in 2009 as a member of cabinet and speechwriter, Mr Stuer was speechwriter for José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Title Speechwriter to Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis from 2012 until 2018. He now works for Renew Europe as a Press Officer.

  •  Member of Advisory  and Supervisory Boards

Michel Van den Broeck has gained his expertise in the field of leadership, change and dynamics of organizations. He has over 30 years national and international experience in the field of transport and logistics, and in the field of automotive financing and distribution. 

This makes him an experienced international CEO & Chairman, and Supervisory Board Member. Currently, he is a board member of many automotive & insurance, distribution & financial services companies.

  • President and spokesperson at vzw Ademloos
Wim van Hees started his career at Philips Eindhoven where he conducted market research. In 1966 he started at Intermarco-Publicem, where he eventually became a member of the Board of Directors. In 1972 he co-founded the advertising agency Van Hees-Vlessing, currently known as BBDO. In 2007 he co-founded vzw Ademloos, of which he is president and spokesperson.

  • Advisor - Frank VM

After graduating from Ghent University as Master of Law, Frank Van Massenhove began his career as a labour schemes expert in the Flemish government. From 1995 to 1999 he was chief of staff to the mayor of Ghent and from 1999 to 2002 chief of staff to the Belgian minister of social affairs. He then became president of the Belgian federal social security service, and in 2007 he was awarded the title of Government Manager of the Year. Since 2019 he is advisor at Frank VM. 

  • Justice at the Constitutional Court of Belgium
Joséphine Rebecca Vanden Broucke-Moerman worked with former French President Giscard d’Estaing on the subsidiarity principle, which is now one of the basic principles of the European Union. During her political career she was successively alderman for education in Ghent, member of the Belgian Federal Parliament, Federal and Flemish Minister of Economics, Research and Foreign Trade, Flemish Deputy Minister President and member of the Flemish Parliament. She has always been at the forefront in debates about research and education, multilingualism and equal opportunities. She has developed a research unit at the European Parliament Research Service monitoring the execution of the decisions of the European Council of Heads of State or Government of the European Union and served as EP liaison officer with the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C. In 2018 Josephine Rebecca Vanden Broucke-Moerman became Justice at the Belgian Constitutional Court.

  • Founder & member of the Board of Directors at CTG Circular

Olivier Vanden Eynde graduated as Business Engineer at the VUB Solvay Business School in 2003. During his studies, he founded his first social enterprise, Close the Gap where more than 1.5 million users in developing countries have gained access to modern ICT technologies. In 2009 he established a new company, WordLoop, to facilitate the creation of an environmentally sound, e-waste management system in developing countries. Until 2018, Vanden Eynde was the Deloitte part-time director of the corporate social responsibility and business development team. Since 2019 he is Founder & member of the Board of Directors at CTG Circular.

  • Senior Advisor at I4B - The Belgian Infrastructure Fund

Ludo Vandervelden has been active in the automotive sector for 24 years, including at Daimler and Toyota Motor Europe. He was repeatedly named by Data News as one of the top 10 CIOs in Belgium. He is highly valued for his expertise in the field of business strategy and project management. After his career at Elicio and Arcadia he became senior advisor at I4B, the Belgian Infrastructure Fund.

  • Managing Director at TNS Belgium

Dominique Vercraeye started as Project Leader and Senior Project Leader at Dimarso from 1987 till 1990. He became Research Director of Dimarso in 1991 and Director at N.I.D. (National Institute Data Collection) in 1993. Since 1994 he has been the Managing Director of TNS Belgium, a top player in the Belgian market research sector that offers qualitative and quantitative market research, ranging from data collection to insight consultancy for a.o. brands, media, social policy and political process, media planning and analysis. Honoured as Master Marketeer. President of FEBELMAR for more than 10 years and EFFIE jury for 17 years.

  • Partner at PwC 

Xavier Verhaeghe holds a Masters in Management Sciences and an MBA from Solvay Business School, complemented by programs at the University of Chicago and London Business School. Since 2019 Xavier Verhaeghe has been a partner at PwC where he heads the Technology Consulting department. He has worked in the industry for about 26 years, six of which at Accenture, and some twenty at Oracle. Among other things, he was managing director for Oracle and Belgium for nine years before moving on to positions at European and EMEA level.

  • Economist - Recovery & Resilience Task Force at European Commission

Vincent Verouden, a Dutch national, works as an economic analyst for the European Commission. He is a member of the Commission’s Recovery & Resilience Task Force, which was set up in July 2020 to coordinate the implementation of the recovery plans across the EU in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

He is the author of numerous articles and publications on competition economics, and co-editor of the reference book ‘EU State Aid Control: Law & Economics’ (2017). Vincent holds a Ph.D. in economics from Tilburg University (2001).