For our sixth edition of LEADERSMEETING@PARIS, we brought our guests together around the theme “Limitless”. Politically, economically, technologically as well as scientifically, the limits of our possibilities and expectations are fading. More than ever, these questions urge themselves upon us: what is our view of the future? In what sort of world will our children and grandchildren grow up? Are there limits to political power, economic growth, technological evolution and scientific progress?
Baron Frans van Daele was former chef de cabinet for the President of the European Council and has had an impressive career in Belgian diplomacy. In November 2009 he joined the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, as Chief of Staff. With his mandatory retirement three years later, in November 2012, he left this position.
Previously, van Daele held several top functions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was Belgian ambassador to the United States and to Italy and he represented our country in the European Union, the United Nations Security Council and NATO.
Ambassador van Daele collaborated in several research projects dealing with contemporary Belgian foreign policy. Baron van Daele is a member of many boards, such as the Board of the University of Leuven and the Board of the Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth and he chairs the “Europe in the World” program of the European Policy Center.
Since February, Koen Van Gerven is CEO at bpost. He began his career at bpost in 2006 as a member of the Management Committee, where he co-spearheaded a number of important reforms. Not only did he replace 700 post offices by PostPoints, he also contributed to the revamping of the financial products. While at the helm of the ICT division, he made decisions about innovative projects and modernized the IT systems. Right now, he is focusing on growth in other areas in order to compensate for the loss in classic letter post.
Koen Van Gerven graduated with a degree in commercial and business economics engineering from the KU Leuven and then obtained an MBA from Cornell University in the United States. He began his career at Generale Bank. 19 years later, he joined services group Acerta, where he became CEO in 2011.
Pianist/composer Jef Neve (1977) has become a prominent figure in his homeland Belgium and his reputation is rapidly spreading to the rest of the world.
He studied at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and graduated in 2000 as Master of Music in Jazz and classical piano, both with great distinction. In 2001 he specialized in Chamber Music and was rewarded the diploma ‘cum laude’. He followed master classes with Brad Mehldau, Martial Solal, Lew Tabackin, Billy Hart, Bill Carothers, Kenny Werner, Bruce Barth and others.
Jef started to play in local bands at the age of fourteen. During that period he composed a wide variety of pieces for the most divergent ensembles (from piano solo to symphonic orchestra). Between ages 17 and 20, he played with the popular funk band Mr Zebedee.
Steven Van Belleghem is one of Europe’s thought leaders in the field of social media, conversations and digital marketing. Throughout his career, Steven has studied the impact of digital and social media on consumers and organizations. He uses this knowledge to inspire and facilitate companies to adapt their existing approach to today’s reality.Over the years, Steven has hosted hundreds of workshops for top and middle management to help them with their conversation strategy.
Steven loves to share his vision through inspiring papers and presentations. Today, Steven runs his own inspiration & coaching company, B-Conversational, whose aim is to help companies evolve into Conversation Companies.
Professor Marleen Temmerman is a Belgian gynaecologist, author and international women’s rights advocate.
She is also Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and leader of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction.
Prior to joining the WHO, Professor Temmerman was the head of Obstetrics – Gynaecology at Ghent’s University Hospital, Senator in the Belgian parliament from 2007 until 2012 and chair of the HIV/AIDS Advisory Group of the IPU (Interparlementary Union). She has won many awards including the BMJ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Niki de Saint Phalle is a popular 20th-century artist. She’s mainly famous for her “Nanas”: large, brightly-painted sculptures of women.
Exposition organised by la Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais
Guy Pieters has been an active art lover and dealer for over 40 years. He made a start selling artworks at the age of fifteen. His motto: “Face the unexpected head-on, that’s what gives meaning to life”. In his galleries, he has exhibited works of art by numerous artists of national and international renown: Jan Fabre, Christo, Arne Quinze, Andy Warhol, Magritte, and Koen Vanmechelen. The Guy Pieters Gallery ranks among the top galleries of the European and international art world.
Since October, Koen Geens is in the federal government as Minister of Justice. Before that, he was Minister of Finance. Until 2013 he served as partner and founder of the attorney agency Eubelius. Mr. Geens is a Professor of company and financial law at University of Leuven and Chairman of the Jan Ronse Institute for Corporate law. He has published extensively, in particular in the areas of company and financial law and professional regulation.
As a medical doctor, neuropsychiatrist, psychotherapist and business consultant, Dr. Theo Compernolle M.D., PhD, studies research from very different fields including medicine, biology, psychology, neurology, physiology and management. He then integrates this information into a coherent whole and has found simple ways to pass on this knowledge, in a memorable way, to all kinds of professionals.Since the publication of his PhD thesis on stress, he has become an expert with regard to the emotional and relational aspects of leadership and enhancing the resilience of executives, executive teams, organizations and families with a business, especially in times of conflict, stress and change.
Theo is an adjunct professor at the CEDEP European Centre for Executive Development. He teaches and coaches in the executive programs of business schools such as INSEAD in France and TIAS in the Netherlands. Three of his books, inter alia “STRESS: FRIEND AND FOE. Vital Stress Management at work and in the family”, became bestsellers and long-sellers. He just published “BRAINCHAINS: Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world”.
Wouter Vandenhaute is the CEO of De Vijver Media, the media company behind TV channels VIER and VIJF and production company Woestijnvis. In 1997, Vandenhaute co-founded Woestijnvis. He began his career as a sports journalist at Humo and the public broadcasting service. Being an entrepreneur and a great cycling enthusiast, he founded Flanders Classics, an umbrella organization in control of the organization of the most important Flemish cycling classics. In addition, Wouter Vandenhaute runs Michelin-star restaurant Couvert Couvert in Leuven.
The end of an inspiring 3-day event.