Former Ambassador of the U.S. in Belgium
U.S. Department of State
We can see with our mind if not with our eyes what the Brave New World of Tomorrow will look like – and Huxley got much of it right.
But who will run that world? Who will hold the keys? An all-powerful government as Huxley predicted/feared or the entrepreneurs and technologists who will create that world? Donald Trump or Elon Musk? The European Parliament or Google? Or . . . armed with the technology of tomorrow, will power transfer to the masses?
To the will of informed democratically motivated people? Or to populist movements? Will technology bring an unstoppable power consisting of the worst of ourselves armed with the best of our technology?”Ambassador (Rtd) Howard Gutman is the Managing Director of The Gutman Group, an international consulting and advisory practice focusing on energy, finance, trade, infrastructure, real estate, market access, and strategic foreign policy issues. www.gutmangroup.com. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Exmar, a leading independent LNG and LPG Carrier Owner, with offices in Europe and America and a Member of the Board of Managers of DTH (Downtown Holding) Partners LLC, a New York real estate development company, with a heavy participation by European parties. He is.also a Senior Advisor to Muzinich & Co., a NY based corporate credit firm http://www.muzinich.com/. He also is on the Board of Advisors of several start-up companies and a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings, focusing among other topics on European-U.S. relationship, energy, trade and the changing patterns in the world.
After being nominated by President Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium until July 23, 2013, becoming the third longest serving U.S. ambassador to Belgium in over 100 years. Ambassador (Rtd.) Gutman has been called “the most popular ambassador ever” by one Belgian newspaper and “The Ambassador Who Made Us Love America Again” by a leading Belgian magazine. As Secretary Clinton noted during her last visit to Brussels, during Ambassador Gutman’s tenure, the favorability rating for U.S. leadership in Belgium increased 600% and in 2012, Belgium finished first in the world with the highest increase in favorability towards U.S. leadership.
Before being named Ambassador, Howard Gutman was a partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP.
Vlerick Business School
Prof Dr Marion Debruyne is Dean of Vlerick Business School. She holds a Civil Engineering degree and is Doctor in Applied Economics (Ghent University). She is also Master in Marketing (Vlerick Business School).
After obtaining a CIM fellowship she held positions as Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Assistant Professor at the Goizueta Business School (Emory University).
Before her deanship professor Debruyne was Director for all Masters programmes as well as Academic Director of the Executive programme “Product Management”.
Her interests lie at the intersection between marketing strategy, innovation and competition. Her work has been published in Marketing Science and The Journal of Product Innovation Management among others.
“Nothing is as practical as a good theory”. Professor Debruyne loves bridging the academic world and the world of business practice. Her research focuses on the traps companies face when dealing with competitive attacks and fundamental industry shifts. She believes in market-driven organisations that innovate together with their customers to create real customer solutions and which build partner-ecosystems to bring these to the market.
Chief Digital Officer
Strategy driven, energetic, passionate, creative, constructive leader & manager.
A strong driving and inspirational force in my leadership always looking to the future. Together creating the future, go beyond what’s known, as a growth and development process for myself and all others involved.
Geert Van Mol received the first ever Belgian Chief Digital Officer of the Year award in 2018.
Chief Information Officer
Prior to joining Philips Lighting as CIO in 2013, De Ruwe was CIO of Bayer MaterialScience. He has received a Leader in the Digital Age (LIDA) award in the manager category at CeBIT, the largest computer trade show in Germany, in part for his work on a change-management project at Bayer in which he encouraged employees to contribute ideas regardless of their rank, expertise, or assigned silo. He has also held positions at Huntsman and ICI.
Founder & Inspirer
Global Inspiration & Noble Purpose Institute (GINPI)
The Global Inspiration & Noble Purpose Institute is inspired on a daily basis by Olivier Onghena-’t Hooft, its founder. As the result of a life-changing accident, Olivier Onghena-’t Hooft realized that meaning and fulfilment in life come from discovering and pursuing that what is most important, that what really counts, that with what one can really make a difference to help Mankind, Society and the World progress. It’s something higher than oneself. He transferred this learning into the business and organizational world, focusing on helping (global) leaders, teams and organizations find ‘that one thing’ that matters most to them, and let them align strategy, organizational culture and leadership with noble purpose.
CIO EMEA & WE
The Coca-Cola company
With more than 20 years’ experience with Coca-Cola, Sabine Everaet is the group CIO for EMEA and western Europe. Based in Brussels, she was named Belgian CIO of the Year in 2011. She also chairs the Coca-Cola European Women Leadership Council and is active in a number of networks to advance women in IT.
Prior to her time in Coca-Cola, Everaet worked as a consultant at PwC and KPMG.
Director at Amethix Technologies amethix.com
Co-founder of fitchain.io the decentralised machine learning factory
Former member of the Advanced Analytics Team of Johnson&Johnson
My interests range from applied math, machine learning, cryptography and blockchain technology.
I have worked in domains such as healthcare and pharma, R&D in bioinformatics, and personal finance. For additional details, contact me directly.
Head of Technology & Digital Transformation
Stephan Forseilles is the Chief Technology Officer of Easyfairs, advising the Group in his capacity as Managing Director of Binor SPRL. He is responsible for supervising the strategic development of the company's IT and digital marketing solutions.
Forseilles was previously Operations Director EMEA, Anti-Piracy, for the Motion Picture Association of America.
He worked for Belgacom from 1996 to 2003, first as Operations Director/IT & Network Director for Belgacom Skynet, then as Belgacom's Internet Services Director.
For two years Forseilles served as a Vice President of the Belgian Internet domain name registration organisation, DNS.be and he is member of UFI’s Digital Innovation Committee. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
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