“Agar-Agar” is a Belgian electro-analog solo act. His sound is mostly shaped by everyday life’s constraints such as eternal recording and rehearsal studio vagabondage, dealing with hard-to-deal-with drummers and a very pronounced gear acquisition syndrome. Driven by a thirst to create despite these limitations, Agar-Agar is usually relying on his trusty old (and not so old) machines and instruments to produce something ‘not so electronic’ as some might think when presented with this kind of line-up. Not an easy shift! It took him years to gradually abandon the ‘power-trio’ approach and become more and more independent and self-sufficient. So truly: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Ella Jamsin studied theoretical physics and completed a PhD thesis exploring the hidden symmetries of black holes in higher-dimensional universes, before working as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
She then joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The charity pursues its goal by acting in three areas: education, business and analysis.
Drawing on her business background and her geometrical thinking, Ella takes part in developing the circular economy model and creating tools for companies and governments keen to bring it to life.
Professional speaker, consultant and published author, Fred Colantonio leads brands, companies and people to create, grow and deal with their best business attitude and corporate brand.
Criminologist specialized in New Media and Technologies, Fred Colantonio is also Director of the “e-management” collection at Edipro editions. He used his abilities to understand the mindset and behavior of an individual as part of a group to serve growth in various business contexts. Nowadays, his approach encompasses a vision of human potential with “L’attitude des Héros”
Kris is head of innovation & change architect at Duval Guillaume, a well know creative agency based in Antwerp. Knowing that true innovation comes from collaboration between very different types of people, the agency has changed the way it operates in the last few years in such a way that multi disciplinary teams are working together on finding those innovative new ideas that made it world famous. Before joining Duval Guillaume, Kris lead several digital initiatives at Kinepolis Group as well as Microsoft EMEA. He’s also the publisher & chief editor of Belgium’s well know gadget & innovation blog ‘Belgian Cowboy’s and co-founder of Shutterspeed, a visual storytelling company for the automotive industry.
Luc Schuiten is a visionary architect. Parallel to his professional career dedicated to the conception of highly respectful environmental housing estates, he imagines interfering in emblematic parts of the city and in its surroundings.
Committed in an ecological thought, concerned about the future of the planet and about the life conditions of the men to come, he dedicated a part of his activity to science fiction.
He has been drawing, without tiring, lots of projects, buoyed up by the worry for other types of life. A way of thinking that gave birth to a new architecture, based upon a poetic vision where invention and relation with nature occupy a predominant place. As well as for his brother François, with whom he co-operated for several books, drawing is a way to explore the futur possibilites.
Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research and UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
Elected senator, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics with years of research and project implementation experience worldwide, Marleen Temmerman brings a unique blend of clinical, research, politics and parliamentary knowledge to WHO’s work on sexual and reproductive health. Working with the global community, she strives for a world where all women and men, including adolescents and those who are underserved or marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, and where their rights to health are promoted and protected.
Rodolphe Sepulchre is a researcher in control engineering. His research lab at Cambridge University
aims at unfolding the mechanisms that enable robustness, performance, and adaptation in artificial
and natural systems. Neuronal circuits in the brain have become its main source of inspiration to explore the simplifying role of feedback and nonlinearity in the multi resolution organization of behaviors.
I’m a software engineer and entrepreneur. I live in Belgium, on earth and in cyberspace. I’m Manex CEO and Lampiris CIO. I eat organic food. I’m concerned by health and the environment. I’m left and right brained. I love life and people (most of the time – I also need to be alone). I seek balance in life.
After studying civil engineering (master in computer science) at the University of Liège, I started my carreer as a researcher in artificial intelligence at that same university. My research interests were natural language processing and generation, expert systems and how the brain works. I then switched to the IT services industry in a “small” local company named NRB that grew from 30 to 800 persons in 15 years.
I then gradually started my own company (Manex) to focus on software development.
Since mid 2010, we are building the full IT platform for Lampiris and, hopefully, participating in their incredible growth (yes, it’s crazy to code at the speed of an exploding business!…). Lampiris is the first of the alternative energy players in Belgium and is currently experiencing great growth in France. We are also planning a revolutionary project in the software for energy sector… stay tuned!
Thomas Ketchell, 25 years old, was born in St. Leonards-On-Sea (UK) but grew up in France and Belgium. After working in Australia for a year, he went on to clinch his BA in History & Chinese Studies. His desire to help the environment brought him to East Africa in 2010 where he built biogas systems. Biogas projects use cow dung to provide clean cooking gas in rural parts of Kenya, where forests are being cut down and wood for cooking is disappearing rapidly.
He went on to do a postgraduate in Business & Development, and ended up living and working in China. Whilst living in Beijing, he experienced the dreadful quality of the air on a daily basis. Wanting to alert people back home what it was like to breathe in this dirty air, he decided with his colleague Steven Chiu – to re-enact on social media the 1952 Great Smog of London. The success of this re-enactment led to worldwide coverage, which encouraged both Steven and Thomas to co-found Hstry, which relives historical events through a first-person perspective to bring history to life. Hstry is now providing interactive storylines of historical events for both elementary and secondary schools across the globe in line with their vision to become the leading digital learning platform for history.
Gauthier Chapelle, co-founder & director of the NGO Biomimicry Europa (www.biomimicry.eu) and the sustainability consultancy Greenloop (www.greenloop.eu) both based in Brussels. Gauthier is graduated Agricultural Engineer and PhD in Biology, naturalist and the father of two boys. After his PhD in Antarctica and Lake Baikal, Siberia, on behalf of the Royal Institute of Natural Science of Belgium, he worked as scientific officer at the International Polar Foundation (IPF) from 2002 to 2007, where his prime mission was to disseminate climate change knowledge via polar sciences. After several trainings with Janine Benyus, he launched 3 years ago, together with Gaëtan Dartevelle & Raphaël Stevens, the NGO Biomimicry Europa, to promote Biomimicry in Europe. End of 2007, they also created the consultancy Greenloop, bringing Biomimicry amongst other tools for sustainability strategies to businesses and communities. He is an active speaker about Biomimicry, climate change & sustainability, especially in France and Belgium. As a biologist at the design table (BaDT), its actual activities also cover bridging the gap between biologists and engineers to invent sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and other environmental issues. As such, together with Jean Valayer, he initiated and followed the 3-years CO2SolStock project (2009-2012), funded by the European Commission, aimed at developing carbon sequestration thanks to calcium carbonate bio-precipitation, with 5 European universities. He brings now his biomimetic expertise to another European project led by the University of Cambridge about the effect of ocean acidification on sea-shell formation in molluscs. Recently, he also specialised on urban and biomimetic agriculture.
Isabella Lenarduzzi has been a social entrepreneur (she is Ashoka Fellow), an expert in communication, event and conference organisation for more than 25 years. Her areas of interest include women empowerment, education, training, entrepreneurship, innovation and European integration (EU advocacy).
Isabella launched JUMP “Empowering Women, Advancing the Economy” in 2006.
JUMP offers women practical tools to help them realise their professional and personal aspirations, and supports companies and organisations that wish to promote better gender diversity within their management. JUMP has an office in Brussels, in Paris and a team of 12 persons.
She got several awards, here are some:
Nominee in 1992 as the woman of the year in Belgium
Wimadame award (France) called “European female entrepreneur of the year” in 2010
“Femme d’Exception” (Woman of exception) in 2011 by the Belgian Minister for Equal Opportunities Joëlle Milquet
“Tof de la comm” ‘Award for event communication in June 2011
“Women inspiring Europe” in 2012 by the European Institute for Gender Equality
Régis Lemmens is a consultant, author and teacher on the topic of sales and sales management. He is a partner at Sales Cubes, a sales management consulting firm located in Belgium, that specialises in sales and key accounts management. He is a fellow at Cranfield University in the UK and a he lectures on sales and sales management at the TiasNimbas Business School in the Netherlands.
Augustin de Bellefroid studied physical geography at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and multidisciplinary live composing. These two have in common the need to observe and innovate. They led Augustin to build his carrier as a live composer and entrepreneur.
Augustin de Bellefroid is the founder and artistic director of Matters Collective, a multidisciplinary platform working in the field of instant composing, with music, dance, theatre and visual arts. The collective’s research is dedicated to the development of communication systems that allows a conductorcomposer to create a piece in realtime.
Augustin’s work is strongly inspired by the live composing sign languages created by Walter Thompson (Soundpainting, US), John Zorn (Cobra, US) and Santiago Vazquez (Rhythm with Signs, AR).
Life composing. “Tell me who you are, and that is going to be the start of the composition”. Multidisciplinary live composing is collaborative and political, as it implies a horizontal way of decision process, and gives people the chance to create together.
François PERNOT is French, he was born in Burgundy, and he is graduate of HEC Paris. He started his career in the garment industry in Lyon before staying for a few years in Madagascar. When he returned in Europe, in 1995, he joined Dargaud France as international and marketing manager before being promoted to become the CEO of Dargaud-Lombard in 1997.
Dargaud-Lombard is known for their comic characters such as Thorgal, Yakari, The Smurfs, Blake and Mortimer, XIII, Boule et Bill, … , amongst others and for their KANA Manga series in partnership with Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa for characters such as Naruto, Death Note, Shaman King, Yu Gi Oh, Conan, Keroro, …
Since 2009, he is also CEO of the Comics and Animation Division of the Media-Participations Group, european leader in comics through their publishing companies (Dargaud, Dupuis, Le Lombard, Urban and Kana) and european mainest producer and distributor of tv animation series with their studios (Ellipsanime, Storimages, Belvision, Dargaud Media, Cartooners) and their dedicated subsidiaries (Mediatoon and Citel).
Jacques Verly graduated from the universities of Liège and Stanford and performed research at MIT.
After 25 years in the US, he became a professor at the ULg, where is also the Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering.
Jacques G. Verly received the degree of “Ingénieur Electricien (Electronique)” from the University of Liège (ULg), Belgium, and then both the MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA. His first year at Stanford was supported by a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational foundation (BAEF), of which he is a Fellow.
Upon graduation from Stanford, he was hired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked for 20 years for MIT Lincoln Laboratory (https://www.ll.mit.edu), the successor of the MIT Rad Lab, of World War II fame. There, he worked on many different sensors (laser radar, SAR,…) and developed pioneering techniques in signal and image processing, and in computer vision.
After 25 years in the US, he took the brand-new “digital signal processing” Chair in his alma mater, the University of Liège, where he is now both a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering.
Throughout his career, the common thread of his research has been signal and image processing and their applications.
His team is active in many other areas of signal and image processing, in particular in the areas of stereoscopic 3D video and immersive 3D sound, of real-time drowsiness monitoring (for saving lives), and of satellite telecommunications. In these areas, he is the founder of the international 3D Stereo MEDIA and SomnoSafe events, and of the educational OUFTI-1 nanosatellite (a “CubeSat), which should become the first satellite ever registered in Belgium.
He has over 290 publications and 2 US patents.
While he has not yet flown a private satellite, he flew gliders at the age of 16 and airplanes at the age of 17, and got his private pilot license at the age of 18. He flew various types of private planes in Europe and the US.
Carsten Engel graduated at the University of Brussels (ULB) as a biomedical engineer and currently works as a researcher at SIRRIS (Collective Centre of the Belgian Technology Industry) which has the biggest European Additive Manufacturing machine parc. His main work involves R&D projects in the field of biomedical and aerospace applications. He worked on specific cases (for example the total jaw replacement in Titanium fully patient-custom) in order to help surgeons in the field of biomedical 3D Printing using various biocompatible materials. He is currently finishing a thesis for his MBA where the topic involves the strategic positioning & the viability of a startup company in the field of metal Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing for the aerospace sector.
Peter Verbiest is Group Strategic Director at Boondoggle, a communication group located in Leuven and Amsterdam.
Boondoggle has a strong reputation for innovative campaigning and ground breaking communication solutions. Boondoggle is now working for the Belgian Football Federation and, through its partnership with Bonka Circus, for Vincent Kompany. Before his career at Boondoggle started, he was Managing Director at TBWA and Board Account Director at BBDO in Belgium, In between, he worked at the New Business Department of TBWA Chiat Day LA, for Apple and Taco Bell. He won 9 Effies (effectiveness awards) in his career. He is living together with the soul singer Alexia Waku and together, they have 7 children.
Christian Homsy, MD, MBA has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cardio3BioSciences since its inception. Cardio3 BioSciences is Belgian leading biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative regenerative, protective and reconstructive therapies for the treatment of cardiac diseases.
Drawing on his medical and business experience in senior research and development, marketing, sales and business development, he aims with his team at bringing to physicians and patients worldwide, the first effective regenerative medicine for the treatment of cardiac diseases.
Born in 1947, married, 2 children, 4 grand-children, Bernard Rentier is a biologist, specialized in Virology and Immunology. He has made his major contributions on viruses (measles, chicken pox) that infect the nervous system and remain latent, sometimes reactivating later thereby causing severe diseases (subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, zoster).
He authored over 200 publications (http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/browse?locale=en&rpp=20&value=Rentier%2C+Bernard+p001118&type=authorulg) and is or has been a members of numerous associations and learned societies.
He chaired the European branch of the VZV Research Foundation, EuroVar and W.A.V.E.
He founded and chaired two spin-off companies in the Biotech sector (Gamma, acquired by Zentech, and Probiox).
He is now chairing EOS (Enabling Open Scholarship), an association promoting Open Access to scientific publications.
From 1970 to 1976, he worked at the University of Liège (ULg) and at the NIMR, Mill Hill, London, UK.
After obtaining his PhD in Virology in 1976 at ULg, he worked at the NIH, Bethesda MD, USA till 1981 and he obtained a D.Sc in 1982 at ULg.
He became professor in 1989, full Professor in 1997, he was elected Vice-Rector the same year and Rector in 2005.
He will be leaving office on September 30, 2014 and he will hold the presidency of the “Société Libre d’Emulation”, a 240 years old respected cultural institution in Liège aiming at promoting Science and Art.
Since 1997, being responsible for Research and Libraries at ULg, he became involved in the crusade against the uncontrollable growth of documentation expenditures and he has been a pioneer in the Open Access (OA) movement.
He urged his University as well as the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to sign the Berlin Declaration on OA and he has been very active in developing, from 2007 on, a very per formative institutional repository of publication in the “Green OA” mode, supported by a strong OA mandate known nowadays worldwide as “the Liege Model of OA”. As an outspoken advocate of OA, he is frequently invited worldwide to express his views on the new evolution of scholarly communication and of research in general.
He is also very active on social networks.
Nathalie Delzenne is Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She is a lecturer in Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism and is the leader of the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute. She has been involved in international scientific committee (Editor for the current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, member of the Scientific Board of ESPEN, , President of the Belgian Nutrition society, former member of the Board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, former member of the Board of the Nutrition society (UK))
After a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences obtained in 1991, and a post-doctoral certificate in Nutrition (Lausanne, CH), she performed a post-doctoral research in Paris (Inserm Unit 342) to analyze the effect of nutrients on gene expression in the field of obesity. Back at the Université catholique de Louvain, she started an academic carrier and has been involved in the experimental approach allowing to assess the functional effect of prebiotic-type nutrients, and in several international European Projects devoted to functional food. By working with prebiotics, her group has published more than 100 paper describing their effect on glucose/lipid metabolism, obesity-related disorder and inflammation. The current hypothesis is the involvement of intestinal peptides/hormones and of specific G-coupled protein and nuclear receptors in the modulation of energy metabolism and systemic inflammation by nutrients targeting the gut microbiota.
François Damas is born in 1953 and currently works for the La Citadelle Hospital in Liège. His is trained as anaesthetist and since 1987 he spent most of his time working in the intensive care unit. His involvement in medical ethics and taking care of the critically ill have led him to the domain of providing care to critically ill patient during their end of life phase.
François Damas is the chairman of the ethic committee of his hospital and is a member of the Belgian federal commission on euthanasia, a position that is much controversial. Beside the Nederland and Luxembourg, the Belgian Law on euthanasia is unique in the rest of the world. There is much to learn from the application of such law.