Marieke Van Cauwenberghe grew up in Mortsel and studied 'Arabic and Islamics' at the university of Leuven. She lived for a year in the Syrian capital of Damascus in 2008, intrigued by the Arab world. Back in Belgium, she graduated in 'International Relations and Diplomacy'. Her experiences in the Middle East and North Africa have strongly influenced her vision on the world. In order to develop as a journalist, she started working as a reporter at the youth press agency 'StampMedia'.
Vincent Buyssens is 21 and lives near the city of Antwerp in a small town called Oostmalle. It took him a couple of years to realize that he was destined to become a journalist. He is currently studying bachelor journalism at Lessius Mechelen. He spends most of his days working as a journalist and photographer at StampMedia. Lately, he covered a lot of events for Antwerp Youth Capital 2011.
Deepak Mehta is a computer fanatic who lived through the "Desktop Revolution" from the age of 12. Given a Mac and an Imagewriter printer opened a world of possibilities. 27 years later, as a parent confronted with the next revolution for his children, the 3D printing revolution and its impact in the manufacturing process excited him.
Maité Gonzalez Carillo
Maite is a 13 year old girl who's passionate about handwork. Together with her stitching-machine, she makes her own original creations. For some designs she has a peek on websites or in books, and she also tries out a lot herself. On her blog "Poppemieke" Maite explains every creation step by step. Whenever she sells something, the money goes into herpiggy bank and used to buy new fabrics. Maite will present her blog and some of her creations.
Wilson is the founder and President of the Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore), also known as ECO Singapore. The organisation is empowering more than 2,000 youths and educating up to 60,000 members of the public, to do their part to protect the environment. Wilson was a full time Air Force Officer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force from and left his thriving military career 2006 to pursue his passion full time. He has since been involved in various national, regional and international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development as well running grassroots initiatives to drive change in promoting sustainable consumption.
Aagje Beirens completed her Masters in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University in 2004 and concluded a Teacher Training Course at Ghent University. From February 2009 onwards, she has been coordinating the MyMachine project in Kortrijk.
ick Payne's interest in education grew from his own frustration with a public system the conventions of which seemed cruelly designed to progressively make everything as difficult as possible for as many students as possible. Nick's career began as a teacher and then manager in community education and has progressed into a long-standing practitioner in visual thinking and learning approaches, in business, government and more widely.
Josse van Steenberge
Josse studied Law and Political Science at the K.U.L. He became a Professor at the Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen for the subject of Social Security Law in 1972. In 1995 he was elected there as dean and afterwards as president of the Associatie Universiteit en Hogescholen Antwerpen. Since two years he is Emeritus. Josse has been president of Levanto for the last 20 years. Levanto is a social employment agency in Antwerp. He has been involved with Apopo from the start as a vice-president, because of his African experience in Rwanda
Bart Weetjens, founder of Apopo, loved rats from childhood. years later, he made an analysis of landmines in Africa as a productdeveloper. He learned that the detection of these horrible devices was dangerous, expensive and time-consuming. For him it was obvious that his beloved rats, who can smell very well, could do this this cheaper and more efficient. Since 1998 Apopo researches and trains rats to detect landmines. From this year, rats will also be trained to detect TBC.
Maarten Slembrouck has graduated in June as an Industrial Engineer Electronics-ICT majoring in ICT with a large distinction at the Hogeschool Gent (HoGent). During his academic education he enjoyed the status of top sporter which gave him some facilities, like being able to move the dates of his exams and tests, but also to take his lessons in different time slots. He has been Belgian champion twice in those 4 years (once with the Juniors and once with the Seniors).