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DESIGN THINKING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

beeckmansBenjamin Beeckmans is a Solvay graduate turned into a serial entrepreneur passionate about innovation and online businesses. After holding various positions in finance and marketing at Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola, he founded Bluecorp, a software development company based in Sri Lanka and Teatower.com, a manufacturer and online reseller of tea-based products. Benjamin is in charge of the Brainstorm & Boost and e-marketing & e-commerce programs at Solvay Entrepreneurs and a regular coach for entrepreneurial projects. He is also President of the web businesses professional association and runs the e-commerce Entrepreneurship Program at EFP in Brussels.
Besides work, Benjamin is an active board member in several nonprofit organizations.

ADVANCED STRATEGY.

bizetJean-Pierre is currently:
• Partner at New Science Ventures LLC, a New-York based Venture Capital firm which invests in early and later stage companies using novel scientific approaches in the life sciences and information technology sectors worldwide
• Non-executive board member of several companies and non-profit foundations
• Professor at ULB-SBSEM where he teaches business unit and corporate strategy, and board member of Solvay Executive Education.

From 1980 until 1994, JP was successively a consultant, engagement manager, Principal and Director at McKinsey and Co. Inc, in Paris, France. He also co-led McKinsey’s Change Management practice worldwide.
From 1999 until 2002, JP was CEO of GIB Group, the leading Belgian retail holding group and a BEL-20 company, and, from 2002 until 2013, CEO of D’Ieteren, also a BEL 20 company and a multibusiness group (Carglass Worldwide; D’Ieteren Auto, the Belgian distributor of VW Group’s car brands; and Avis Car Rental EAMEA).
Jean-Pierre is a graduate of Solvay (1970) and Harvard Business School (MBA 1973), and holds a PhD in Applied Economics from ULB (1978).

STRATEGIC MARKETING.

boutyAs C-Level international Marketing and Strategy professional, Laurent Bouty brings more than 20 years of international experience in Marketing, Sales, Strategy and Leadership. He has a broad Marketing experience (from Marketing Strategy to Communication) including latest trends like analytics, social networks and mobile gained in Telecommunication, Advertising and Financial sector. Laurent has a strong marketing execution orientation in highly complex industries through team development and best practices implementation.

FIELD PROJECT.

blondiauBusiness Consultant & Coach at Solvay Entrepreneurs, Catherine helps entrepreneurs and existing companies to innovate and improve the way they work. She helps them design and implement winning business models. She also also coaches individuals to help them reveal their full potential.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT.
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MANAGING COSTING AND PROFITABILITY.

gabrielsXavier is partner at KPMG Belgium and has over 15 years of experience in leading national as well as international projects for numerous clients both in private as well as public sector in cost accounting & management, customer profitability analysis, regulatory & ICT costing, finance strategy & analysis, budgeting and financial planning, performance analysis & improvement, finance process optimization, benchmarking, business planning & feasibility analyses, market research as well as more general change & project management and corporate trainings. Xavier is also Global Head for the service line cost accounting & management (CAM) at KPMG international. Since 2006 Xavier holds a PhD in Accounting Information system and a position as executive professor strategic cost & management accounting at the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Management School (AMS). He is also a frequently asked lecturer on national as well as international conferences and author of various publications related to the above mentioned topics. He is also international KPMG trainer CAM.

REFRESHER IN MATHS AND STATISTICS.

gassnerMarjorie holds a PhD in Mathematics, ULB (1989). Her main research fields are Political Economics and Collective Decisions. She is member of CRISP and CEVIPOL. She teaches mathematics at ULB.

DATA SCIENCE FOR BUSINESS.

georgeMartine George holds a MBA and a PhD in physical sciences. She has over 25 years of professional experience, including 15 spent developing business analytics teams within large organizations from different industries. She is Professor of Management Practice at Solvay Brussels School and Talent Development Director of the Accenture Chair of Strategic Business Analytics at ESSEC Business School, Paris. Passionate about developing talent and organizations in business analytics, she is also ICF certified coach, facilitator & trainer.

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ANALYSIS & INVESTMENT DECISIONS.

gheeraertProf. Laurent Gheeraert holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles). Until 2005, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and was involved in operations, strategy and finance projects in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Since 2006, he has been advising several public and private institutions on topics such as international finance, Islamic finance, company valuation, portfolio analysis, public banking, and financial modeling. Laurent conducts research on financial systems and economic development. He teaches Finance and International Business-Field Project Management at Bachelor, MBA and Executive levels at the Solvay Brussels School, and is the Managing Director of the QTEM Masters Network (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management).

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ANALYSIS & INVESTMENT DECISIONS.

glumeGraduate teaching assistant at Solvay Brussels School since 2014, Cédric covers M&A and equity capital markets transactions in Belgium and Luxembourg.

SOCIAL INNOVATION.

hudonMarek Hudon holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Sciences and a Master in Philosophy. He is currently Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB). He has initiated the European Microfinance Programme (EMP), a one-year Master’s Degree in microfinance co-organised by four European universities, and is still scientific coordinator of this Master. He is also co-director of the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the Centre d’Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l’ Environnement (CEESE). He has conducted research in India, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2006, Prof. Hudon was a visiting fellow at Harvard University where he worked on ethical issues in microfinance under the supervision of Professor Amartya Sen. Current research interests also include public policy issues in microfinance, social entrepreneurship and complementary currencies. In 2009, he was awarded both the CEDIMES prize for Post-doctoral studies and the Merlot-Leclerq prize in public economics. In 2010, he was awarded, together with Marc Labie and Ariane Szafarz, the Wernaers Prize for Research and Broadcasting of Knowledge, by the FNRS.

MANAGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

mathieuAzèle is currently working full time as the managing director of lifetech.brussels, the Health cluster of the Brussels Capital Region, gathering around 100 innovative companies active in the life sciences sector. Themes encouraged by the cluster are e-health, innovation in medical devices and efficiency in clinical trials. Azèle holds a PhD in Economics and Management and a Master of Sciences in Management.
Previously, Azèle has been working as a Business Development Manager in a biotech company, Bone Therapeutics and before that, as a Business Development Manager at the Technology Transfer Office of Université Libre de Bruxelles, in charge of commercializing academic patents, mainly applied for in the field of life sciences.
During 8 years, she has been visiting professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management for the course “Technology Transfer”, Master degree. Since 4 years, she teaches, with Bruno Wattenbergh, the course “Business Planning (for entrepreneurial ventures)”, MBA degree at the SBS.

INNOVATION MANAGEMENT.

metselaarAn all-round Innovation Expert with almost 30 years of global experience in the consumer goods industry (Procter & Gamble). A track record of innovation-driven results through leadership of programs and development of people and organizations across the globe. On the ground working experience in Europe, North America, and Asia. Built specific expertise in Innovation Leadership: how leaders assume accountability to build an organizational culture deep into their organizations – where each individual is in flow, growing amazing relationships in winning teams that produce breakthrough results.
Recently directed experiences and expertise to help leaders connect with self and their people to make their organizations thrive in today’s VUCA times – as well as inspire juniors to aspire be such leaders.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

nietoAntonio Nieto-Rodriguez is an author and an expert in strategy execution and project management. He currently works for BNP Paribas Fortis as Head of Transversal Portfolio Management, which deals with the prioritization, the selection and the execution of all the large strategic projects in the bank (130 approximately). He is former Head of Post Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, where he was involved in the merger with ABN AMBRO. Previously, he has been working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for more than 10 years, where he was the global lead practitioner for the Project and Portfolio Management practice. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a university degree in Economics. He is fluent in Spanish, English, Dutch, Italian and French. Antonio is also a professor of Strategic Programme Management in the MBAs of Solvay Brussels School, Nyenrode Business School in the Netherlands and Boston University. He is the author of the book “The Focus Organization”. He is a regular speaker in conferences on project portfolio management and writer of articles in different project management magazines.

CORPORATE FINANCE.

pirotteHugues Pirotte is Professor of finance at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. He previously taught at the University of Lausanne. He is also co-founder and CEO of FinMetrics,a firm based in Switzerland developing dashboard solutions, providing financial management advice and training practictioners in risk management in the wider sense. Hugues has taught and advised on complex financial instruments’ pricing, hedge funds and funds of hedge funds, risk management and governance, strategic wealth management, and corporate finance in general. Hugues has more than 15 years of experience of teaching, advising, implementing financial solutions and research production. He is a member of the BEL20 Committtee and co-founder of the Finance Club of Brussels, a dedicated club to the financial community in Brussels.

INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR EMERGING MARKETS.

sepulchreAlain has 30 years of business track record in growth strategies and implementation & execution in Asia-Pacific with a Greater China and industries focus. He spent 15 years with Total as Head of Business Unit and co-Head of M&A Asia for the chemicals business. He then joined for 7 years the Private Equity universe as co-founder and Managing Director of a China-based and China-focused USD 250M Fund. He has been since 2010 primarily a BCG Senior Advisor (previously a McKinsey Senior Expert) in their Strategy and Organization practices.

NEW VENTURE CREATION.

seunierFabian Seunier is Director for Mergers & Acquisitions at UCB. Before joining UCB, he worked at the European Investment Bank (Banker) , at ING Corporate Finance (Vice President) and at the Boston Consulting Group (Management Consultant). He holds Masters in Finance & Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science and two masters in Business Engineering and philosophy from Université Catholique de Louvain. He is a regular lecturer in multiple management and entrepreneurship courses at the Solvay Brussels School and teaches Corporate Social Responsibility at UCL-Mons.

INNOVATION.

silberzahnPhilippe Silberzahn is associate professor at EMLYON Business School and research fellow at Ecole Polytechnique, specialized in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He studies how businesses deal with disruptions and radical uncertainty. He has over twenty years of industry experience in the high-tech sector as entrepreneur, CEO and as a consultant.

FIELD PROJECT AND CONSULTING SKILLS.

spindlerDaniel Spindler is consultant since 1985. He is also a co-founder of companies. He has conducted numerous assignments in a wide variety of economic sectors (such as retail, industrial equipment, manufacturing, media,..) and has worked with companies in France, UK, Germany, Belgium. As a Professor at Solvay Brussels School, he teaches courses of entrepreneurial strategy, growth strategy, strategy for the Company’s Board of Directors.

DIGITAL INNOVATION.

NicolasvanZeebroeck With a PhD in economics and management from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Nicolas van Zeebroeck is now Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Digital Business at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) at ULB. During his post-doctoral research funded by the FNRS, he was invited as a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. His main interest is in how ICT transforms business processes and business models. In particular, he looks at the impact of ICT on the organisation and performance of business and research, with a particular emphasis on the contribution of ICT to R&D and innovation. His research has appeared in several scholarly journals, including Management Science, Research Policy, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Information Economics and Policy, Scientometrics, and Pattern Recognition and has been presented in over 30 international conferences and seminars. He has also served as a strategy consultant for private and public organisations, advising companies mostly on issues relating with ICT, business processes, and knowledge management.

REFRESHER IN MATHS AND STATISTICS.

verardiVincenzo holds a PhD in Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Since 2007 he is a Professor and Researcher at FNRS, ULB and FUNDP.

STRATEGY.

wattenberghHaving started his career as a consultant, Bruno has been for 20 years an expert in entrepreneurship and SMEs. He has been engaged in developing structures dedicated to the creation of enterprises and, in particular, the Brussels Enterprise Agency, which he founded in 2003 and manages this day. Otherwise, he is also the President of the Brussels Guarantee Fund whose mission is to warrant bank loans to SMEs (€ 30mio in 2012). He’s best known for sharing his vast knowledge and experiences by giving lectures and classes on the subject of strategy and entrepreneurship at various universities, including HEFF, Solvay Business School and ICHEC. He has been appointed in 2011 MBA Professor by Solvay Business School and teaches Business Model Innovation. Bruno also has a solid reputation with the media in general. A national radio airs a daily chronicle on the subjects of entrepreneurship, economy and business strategy which he animates. He is also the creator of the reality TV emission on RTBF on the subject of entrepreneurship Starter! Bruno is Member of several business planning competition jury’s so as Start Academy and Enterprise,.. He is coaching technological startups.
Bruno studied in Belgium, in the US and in the Netherlands. He holds a degree in management, a degree in Labor Sciences, an advanced degree in Management and a Certificate in Strategy and Innovation at the MIT. He has completed a specific Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.

ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR & LEADERSHIP.

westSusan West holds a Bachelors degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University (United States) and a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University (United States). Her passion for business and psychology led her to an international career in human resources where, during the past 20 years, she has been working with some of the Fortune 500’s top global executives. Susan’s career spans multiple industries in Europe and the United States. She was Senior HR Business Partner at Citibank during the $140 billion merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group, then moved to AlliedSignal as Director of Organization & Leadership Development just prior to its merger with Honeywell International, Inc. She also held leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Co., Inc. in Performance Consulting and Corporate Talent Management. In 2006 she established a consulting practice in Brussels dedicated to helping leaders and their teams meet today’s business challenges. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where she teaches in the MBA and other Executive Education programmes.

DESIGN THINKING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP / CONSULTING SKILLS.

witmeurOlivier Witmeur is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB). He mainly teaches Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Planning to graduate and post-graduate students, entrepreneurs, investors and consultants. He is also Deputy Dean for the Executive Education activities of the School. Beside his activities for the school, Olivier is an active Board member and strategic advisor in multiple growth-oriented entrepreneurial ventures. Over the last 15 years, Olivier has coached over 100 new and growing firms, published a book on business planning and written multiple papers on growth management in entrepreneurial ventures. Before joining the U.L.B., Olivier has been part of the entrepreneurial team of OpenHR (2000-2006), a successful Belgian IT venture company specialized in HR management software, where he was mainly responsible for financial affairs. The company was created in 1997 and quickly became international with operations in France, Spain, U.K. and U.S. By 2005, OpenHR had 6M€ in revenues and a 70 people staff. It was sold to Arinso International in 2006. Olivier has also been the Managing Director of EEBIC, a Business & Innovation Center / Incubator in Brussels (1995-1999) and Adviser to the Minister of Economy of the Brussels Region (1991-1994). Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering (1991) and a PhD in Entrepreneurship (2008).