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