Program

2018 Edition program

For the tenth edition of LEADERSMEETING@PARIS, we have chosen “The purpose economy” as our central theme.

  • Roland Duchâtelet, Entrepreneur

    Roland Duchâtelet worked for several enterprises in Belgium and Germany before becoming a self-employed entrepreneur in the nineties. Between 2007 and 2010 he was a member of the Belgian Senate. Now he is shareholder and board member of several enterprises among which Melexis and X-FAB.

  • Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade

    Claire Tillekaerts is the general manager of Flanders Investment & Trade, the government agency supporting Flemish companies to deploy business abroad and assisting foreign companies seeking to set up business in Flanders.

  • Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health

    Maggie De Block officiates as Belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health. Previously, she was the Secretary of State for Asylum, Immigration and Social Integration.

Friday 23 November 2018

8.30 AM | Reception at the Thalys Lounge, Brussels-South station
9.13 AM | Departure Thalys to Paris
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10.55 AM | Arrival at Paris Gare du Nord and departure buses to the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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11.30 AM | Welcome and check-in at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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12.00 PM | Lunch
1.45 PM | Official Opening
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2.00 PM | Introduction on this year’s theme with Mr. Jef Van In, CEO AXA Belgium and Ms. Sofie Foets, social entrepreneur

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Jef Van In, CEO AXA

Jef Van In has headed AXA Belgium since 1 July 2016. As well as being CEO, he also chairs the Board of Directors of AXA Bank Belgium.

“Actions not words” is Jef’s motto. In a rapidly changing world, it’s time to act. Change starts in people’s minds. As CEO he wants to create the right environment for transformation. “Empowerment means creating a culture in which every employee looks at the – changing – world with an open mind and chooses their own path.”

Sofie Foets, Social Entrepreneur

Sofie Foets is founding managing director of the non-profit-organization ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir (TADA). TADA encourages increased involvement of civil society/business in the emancipation of our (Brussels) most socially vulnerable youth.

Before Sofie launched TADA, she worked as a policy advisor the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) on subjects like education, culture, civil and human rights.

2.30 PM | Workshop with Mr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, full Professor of Climatology and Sustainable Development Sciences at UCL

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, full professor of climatology and sustainable development sciences at UCL

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is full professor of climatology and sustainable development sciences at UCL. A physicist and climate modeller who worked at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA), he has published with natural and social scientists about climate change and sustainable development at global and regional scales. He has been extensively involved in the IPCC since 1995: lead author, review editor, Bureau Member (2002-2008), and IPCC Vice-Chair (2008-2015). He has participated to most UN conferences on climate issues since 1979, including almost all COPs. He has been appointed by the UN Secretary General member of the group of scientists in charge of the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.

3.30 PM | Coffee break
4.00 PM | Workshop with Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade

Claire Tillekaerts,  CEO Flanders Investment & Trade

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.

Claire Tillekaerts has been an independent barrister at the Ghent Court of Law for 2 decades, along with a six year academic teaching commission 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 centers of higher education, an assignment combined a.o. with that of advisor at the creation of the Ghent University Association and with establishing international research fundings.

5.00 PM | Reception
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6.00 PM - 7.00 PM | Departure to the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V
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7.00 PM | Reception with champagne tasting at the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
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8.00 PM | Exclusive dinner with Mr. Roland Duchâtelet, serial entrepreneur at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Roland Duchâtelet, Entrepreneur

Roland Duchâtelet worked for several enterprises in Belgium and Germany before becoming a self-employed entrepreneur in the nineties.

Between 2007 and 2010 he was a member of the Belgian Senate.
He initiated two important crisis measures:

  • the possibility of temporary unemployment for employees
  • and the possibility for enterprises to pay their payroll tax with a delay of 3 months. The latter measure gave instant credit tot 110 000 companies, without requiring extra administration.

During this period, Roland Duchâtelet was a very active member of the parliamentary commission on the financial crisis.

He is shareholder and board member of several enterprises among which Melexis and X-FAB. Duchâtelet holds a degree in electronic engineering and applied economics and an MBA from the University of Leuven.

11.00 PM | End of the dinner & departure to the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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Saturday 24 November 2018

8.00 AM | Morning run to the Eiffel Tower
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8.00 AM - 10.00 AM | Breakfast at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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10.00 AM | Workshop with Mr. Zhong Yuan Xu, Co-founder & CEO Deliverect

Zhong Xu, Co-founder & CEO Deliverect

Since September 2018, Zhong focuses on connecting all food delivery services to a restaurant’s favourite point of sale system. Deliverect is the next step in his journey to bring user friendly and innovative solutions to the hospitality industry.
Zhong Xu is an entrepreneur passionate about mobile, SAAS and cloud technologies. He started his first company when he was 17 building websites for the hospitality business. After graduating from Ghent University with a M.Sc. degree in software engineering (2009), Zhong joined young start-up Siruna where he gained invaluable experience in growing a start-up into an international brand. Then, Zhong worked as senior engineer for EVS Broadcast where he created mobile and cloud solutions for customers such as the London Olympics, UEFA and BBC. In 2012, he co-founded POSIOS which was acquired by Lightspeed in 2014. As the Global director of hospitality at Lightspeed he has been building the cloud based restaurant platform of the future which is now providing a solution to customers in more than 100 countries.
11.00 AM | Coffee break
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11.30 AM | Workshop with Mr. Paul Dujardin, CEO - Artistic Director of BOZAR

Paul Dujardin, CEO – Artistic Director of BOZAR

Under the leadership of Paul Dujardin, the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels has turned into BOZAR an internationally recognized European multidisciplinary arts platform, attracting over 1 million visitors each year with its exhibitions, concerts, film and theatre performances, debates and interdisciplinary projects. Paul is advocating since many years for the importance of arts&culture for society as a whole, for the European project, for international relations but also in relation to innovation in science, technology and economics. He strives to make BOZAR a truly European house of culture and innovation, creating dialogue and exchange between communities, countries and cultures.

12.30 AM | "The story of Michael Jackson" with Mr. Sven Ornelis, Expert of the music industry

Sven Ornelis, Expert of the music industry

Sven Ornelis is a Flemish radio and TV host. He has been presenting well-appreciated morning shows on different radio stations for almost twenty years. Ornelis has also presented different TV shows.

When he was 17, he met former Soviet leader Michael Gorbatsjov after writing him a letter. When he was interviewed about this event on the radio, he mentioned his love for this medium and was able to start working for the radio.

He has also written columns for different newspapers, about news happening in the world, but also about his family or his cats.

1.00 PM | Free lunch and free time
2.00 PM | Visit to the brand new Michael Jackson - On the wall exhibition at the Grand Palais
7.00 PM | Reception with champagne tasting at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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8.00 PM | Gala dinner at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand with keynote speaker Mrs. Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health

Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health

Maggie De Block is a prominent member of the Flemish liberal-democratic party, Open Vld. As from 2014, she officiates as Belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health. Previously, she was the Secretary of State for Asylum, Immigration and Social Integration.

Before beginning her political career, she graduated as a Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and worked as a general practitioner for 25 years.

11.00 PM | 10th Anniversary party with special guest Sven Ornelis
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11.00 PM | Cognac tasting at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
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Sunday 25 November 2018

8.00 AM - 10.00 AM | Breakfast at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand
10.00 AM | Workshop with Mr. Dirk De Wachter, psychiatrist and psychotherapist at KU Leuven

Dirk De Wachter, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at KU Leuven

Dirk De Wachter is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is an expert in family therapy and he has written a lot of bestsellers: Borderline Times, Liefde. Een onmogelijk verlangen? and De wereld van De Wachter. In his books, he writes about western society and how it affects the human beings.

11.00 AM | Coffee break
11.30 AM | Workshop with Mr. Frederik Sioen, singer-songwriter & composer

Frederik Sioen, singer-songwriter & composer

In 2001 Frederik Sioen records his first demo song and he successfully participates in a few music competitions. 250 concerts later he forms the band Sioen with which he independently records his first album ‘See You Naked’. The now famous and much praised song ‘Cruisin’ immediately conquered the charts.

Another 17 years further, Sioen delivered 6 albums, rocked the stage of Rock Werchter 3 times, and the band toured through Europe, South Africa and South Korea. Frederik composed music for theatre, film and the lauded television series ‘Marsman’ (Belgian channel ‘Eén’). In 2016 he demonstrated his talent in the television show ‘Liefde Voor Muziek’ on channel VTM.

1.00 PM | Lunch at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand and closing of the tenth edition of LEADERSMEETING@PARIS
2.45 PM | Departure buses to Paris Gare du Nord
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3.55 PM | Departure Thalys to Brussels
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