For the eleventh edition of Leaders Meeting PARIS, we have chosen “The Next Gen” as our central theme.
Paul Baron Stoffels is a visionary leader who inspires and drives transformational innovation to bring years of life and quality of life to millions of people around the world. He is leading teams across all pharmaceutical sectors to discover and develop transformational healthcare solutions.
Tom Palmaerts is trendwatcher and managing partner at Trendwolves, a full service trend and implementation agency with a focus on young consumers and modern families. He is a worldwide keynote speaker and trend consultant. In 2008 Tom Palmaerts was awarded “Youth trend specialist of the year” by the Dutch trendwatching platform Second Sight, as a result of his drive, originality & passion. In 2015 he published a book ‘Futures’ together with Herman Konings and Joeri Van den Bergh.
Today Tom Palmaerts is fascinated by the combination of long term thinking and contemporary cultural shifts. Trendwolves guides companies that create the future. Topics are: 2030, young female muslims, megacities, phygital retail, food, mobility, modern tribes, generation Z, …
Prof Dr ir Damya Laoui graduated in Bio-Engineering Sciences and obtained a PhD degree at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Belgium) in 2014. After a short post-doc in the De Palma lab at the ISREC Institute in the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, she came back to Brussels and started leading her own team focusing on tumor-immunology in the lab of Jo Van Ginderachter. She is exploring the role of immune cells (mainly macrophages and dendritic cells) in tumor progression and is developing new personalized (combinational)immunotherapies based on dendritic cells to win the battle against cancer. For her work on tumor-derived dendritic cells, she received the Dunia Award (African Awards), the MIT Innovator under 35 Europe Award 2017 and the New Scientist Award 2018. Besides her research activities, she is encouraging young women to start and pursue studies and careers in STEM.
Sébastien Deletaille is a technical entrepreneur who specializes in high growth. In January 2019, he became the CEO of Medispring, the Computerized Medical Record cooperative that brings together one-third of French-speaking general practitioners. Before joining Medispring, Sébastien spent a short time at McKinsey, and then co-founded Riaktr in 2009 (formerly known as Real Impact Analytics). For 9 years he was the boss of this Scale-up specialist in Telecom Big Data, voted Promising Company of the Year in 2016. In 2015 he was selected as one of the “Innovators under 35” by MIT.
Stijn Baert is a professor in labour economics at Ghent University. Recently, he was ranked at place 17 in the IDEAS worldwide top 100 of young economists. Besides academic impact, he has also realised substantial societal impact, with policy proposals concerning a reform of the Belgian system of unemployment benefits and anti-discrimination policies. The media also likes to contact him to get his insights on the labour market in Belgium and the challenges it faces.
Paul Stoffels is a visionary leader whose aim is to add years of life and quality of life to millions of people around the world, by inspiring and driving innovations. He is leading teams across all pharmaceutical sectors to discover and develop transformational healthcare solutions. Previously, in his role as Worldwide Chairman at Johnson & Johnson, Paul led the transformation of the pharmaceutical research and development pipeline, which led to a fundamental shift in the R&D paradigm that is now a model in the industry for productivity and innovation. Paul studied Medicine at the University of Diepenbeek and the University of Antwerp and Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, also in Antwerp, Belgium.
Paul spent 12 years at Apple, starting at Apple Belgium and then Apple Europe in the early nineties, and returning to Apple in 2013 as Vice President of Special Projects reporting to Tim Cook. In between his two stints at Apple, Paul spent 16 years in Fashion, leading the luxury houses Courrèges, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. Paul is currently on an extended sabbatical enjoying time with his wife and three children, and focusing on his passions, snowboarding, surfing and start-up investing.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Brussels, and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago as well as a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford University.
Peter Adriaenssens (1954) is professor Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). Furthermore, he is clinical director of the department of Child Psychiatry at the University Hospital of Leuven, where he supervises the hospital admissions for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 years. Since 1987 he is director of the Confidential Child Abuse & Neglect Centre at the University Hospital Leuven. Professor Adriaenssens is family therapist and family therapy trainer at Context Center for marital and family therapy. He is also a well-respected author of different books about youth and education, such as “Verbolgen verbonden: Opgroeien in een complexe wereld” and “Gids voor succesvol opvoeden”.
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Since January 1, 2019 Chris Dercon is the president of the Rmn – Grand Palais. He is a Belgian art historian, curator and expert in the connection between ancient and contemporary art. As a well-known figure in the art world, Chris Dercon has played an important role in the management and development of many international museums over the past 30 years.
Since the ‘90s, he has successively managed the following cultural institutions: the Witte de With and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Tate Modern in London and the Volksbühne in Berlin.
Today Anne Chapelle is the CEO and owner of the companies of the brands Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann. Next to an impressive but steady growth with international resonance, emphasis in the company is put on respecting values, cherishing young creative and professionals and providing them a framework to unfurl their talents. With over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, Anne Chapelle has now enlisted bvba32 within the United Nations Global Compact program, a platform which convenes companies to support fundamental principles in the areas of human rights, labor rights, environment and anti-corruption.
On the 2nd October, Benjamin Dalle became the Flemish Minister responsible for Brussels, Media and Youth. In this role and because of his age of 37, he fits this year’s theme of Leaders Meeting Paris perfectly, as we zoom in on “The Next Gen”.
Dalle has worked as an advisor to Christian democrat politicians Yves Leterme, Jo Vandeurzen and Steven Vanackere. Later he was the Federal Secretary of State Servais Verherstraeten’s Chief of Staff. Between 2014 and 2016 Mr Dalle was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Justice Minister Koen Geens. Since then he has been Head of his party’s research unit. Before joining politics, he was an assistant at KULeuven and a lawyer at the Brussels Bar.
Originally from Bruges, Benjamin Dalle moved to Brussels in 2006.
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Real talents show what they are capable of at a very young age. IBE is no exception to that; as a 17-year-old he is taking the music world and the hearts of the public by storm.
After winning an Ed Sheeran cover competition, initiated by the Belgian national broadcaster Studio Brussel, with a beautiful piano rendition of ‘Tenerife Sea’, IBE’s big breakthrough comes when he takes part in The Voice van Vlaanderen. He moves the viewers with cover versions from Lewis Capaldi, George Ezra, KALEO and his idol Ed Sheeran, and wins by a landslide. His victory at The Voice, earning him a record deal, has only been the beginning. Five days after the finals IBE releases his first single ‘Table Of Fools’, which rushes into many playlists and to the number 1 spot on Studio Brussels’ De Afrekening and the Belgian airplay charts. His triumph during The Voice showed that IBE manages to stand his ground as a live performer. This not only caused his two AB shows to sell out in a blink of an eye, he also completely won over the crowd at Rock Werchter. In other words, IBE has become a phenomenon. A Belgian talent to be proud of.
Professor Dr. Wouter Duyck is a high-profile speaker in the education debate. Here, he will be speaking about education, talent, ambition and economic development. Is there reason to be optimistic about the future, or only faded glory of the Flemish empire? Wouter Duyck is a professor of cognitive psychology at Ugent (Ghent University), and is also President of the UGent Psychology Program Committee. He has previously worked as a Research Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), and at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. He received the triennial Prix de Psychologie for the best doctoral dissertation in psychological sciences, awarded by the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts. His main research themes are the human brain, language development and working memory, bilingualism, cognitive development, language acquisition, dyslexia and others.
Jo Caudron has been active for many years as a digital entrepreneur. He has set up more than twenty digital companies, and has a keen eye for the latest trends. Jo is Founding Partner of Duval Union Consulting, a consultancy company specialising in digital strategy and digital transformation, and advises large companies in Belgium and internationally. His most recent book ‘Digital Transformation’ prepares organizations for the future and shows (traditional) companies how they can arm themselves against the disruptive forces of digital competitors in the current transformative times.
He is a much sought-after speaker in the field of digital communication, digital innovation and digital transformation, and what the future holds in this field.