Sam (19) & Tom (20) grew up in in the suburbs of Brussels. Sam doesn’t like tomato’s very much, Tom’s not the greatest fan of cucumbers. There was a time where they didn’t really get along, until the music brought them closer together. Tom’s now studying computer science while Sam’s thinking about economics. They both love the world and everyone /thing in it very much.
Wanthanee started out as a student in ‘art science’, but in the end couldn’t resist the call to also create her own music. Her music was discovered through a competition called ‘De nieuwe lichting’ at Studio Brussel. Since then she’s recorded her first song, which was produced by Orson Wouters. More of her songs are in the making and will come to us soon.
Alex Dunnett is the Head of Production at Corniche Media, who specialise in Film, TV and Theatre production. Alex has previously worked on movies such as ‘20,000 Days on Earth’, ‘Brahman Naman’ and ‘We Are The Giant’ and is currently working with Lord David Puttnam on the feature film ‘Arctic 30’.
Bruno Delepierre is a social entrepreneur on a mission. His big hairy audacious goal? To help upgrade capitalism so we can maximise the quality of our lives. He recently wrote “Happonomy – Roadmap to Utopia”, a book about work, money and happiness. Among other things he launched his own digital media start-up and is a talent scout, the organizer of TEDxLeuven and home of Happonomy – a movement for happiness economics.
Caterina’s background is in education and non-profits. Through her efforts developing more scalable opportunities and tapping existing resources via peer-to-peer technologies, she became involved in bitcoin and blockchains. Caterina consults internationally, focusing on non-technical audiences, and joining the effort to decrease wealth disparities in the world through education and improved access to financial systems.
From being a BBC News reporter to producer in politics, economics and social affairs. In recent years she has worked a lot within the fields of arts, culture, media and tech. The type of work ranges from interviewing to live presenting for news or film festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. Co-founder of Noble Media and Electra Media – a media channel that speaks for women in the film industry.
Gert De Geyter
Gert De Geyter is a data-analytics consultant, a co-organiser of Data Science Ghent, and an invited lecturer on data analytics at Toulouse School of Economics. Gert holds a PhD in Astronomy, where he focused on creating an artificial intelligent program to recreate 3D models of galaxies from 2D observed images.
Hassan Al Hilou
Hassan is the founder of AGE Consultancy, where young talent advises companies on age, gender and ethnic diversity. With Youthtalks Foundation he helps build community projects led by local youth. As the youngest consultant in the Benelux he received recognition from the media and policy makers. He has spoken as a youth representative at the European Commission and given a voice to Brussels youth in the media.
Jan de Cock
Jan de Cock started as a street educator in Latin America where his experiences led him to become a prison worker. For a year he lived in different prisons throughout five continents, in search of the human face of the detainees. He founded the organization ‘Within-without-walls’, creating dialogue between prisoners, victims of crime and society. He is the author of books like ‘Hotel prison’ and ‘Hotel pardon’.
Karel Van Acoleyen
Karel Van Acoleyen (1977) is a theoretical physicist at Ghent University. His research revolves around elementary particles, quantum mechanics, gravity and cosmology. He lectures the theory of relativity, but he is also very fond of bringing science outside the classroom: from speaking at bars, street fairs and (film)festivals to teaching the band de Portables on Killing horizons. With “Captain Einstein” he is now exploring relativity in virtual reality.
Kasun Kalhara Gunasooriya is a doctoral fellow at Ghent University in the Laboratory for Chemical Technology under Professor Mark Saeys and Professor Guy B. Marin. Kasun was born and raised in Sri Lanka. He moved to Singapore to complete his BEng and MEng degrees in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. For his PhD, Kasun designs catalysts by gaining insights in to the catalysts structure and mechanism using computers.
Kristel is the founder and owner of Ghent-Authentic, a private tour company in Ghent/Belgium, taking tour guiding to a more personal level. Until recently she was engaged by the European Commission as a ‘European Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador’ and has won the Ghent ‘start-up’ award 2012.
Maarten Boudry (1984) is a postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University. He studied in Vienna, Boston and New York. In 2011, he defended his dissertation on pseudoscience: “Here Be Dragons. Exploring the Hinterland of Science”. He is also co-editor and co-author of books. His current research deals with evolutionary epistemology, in particular the problem of human irrationality. Other research interests include naturalism, skepticism and the conflict between science and religion.
Martine Reyners has devoted more than 20 years to singing onstage and as a path to deepening awareness. In addition to her career as a professional soprano and opera singer, she runs a successful singing and coaching practice. Based on approaching the voice in a holistic manner, Martine has achieved breakthrough results with her clients using this original method.