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Theme: Transforming Tomorrow Through Today

This event occurred on
May 6, 2019
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de (fr), Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (nl)

A “tomorrow” is ultimately an accumulation of all the “todays” that we have had and that notion is empowering - for it means that we are tomorrow’s shaper and maker. In that spirit, we have invited an interesting array of speakers to provide their insights and ideas on what is, what can be and what will be.

Grote Aula
26 Warmoesberg
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de (fr), Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (nl), 1000
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Alea Fairchild

Professor of Research Methods
Dr. Alea Fairchild is passionate about commercial marketing and innovation, and as an entrepreneur, has started several companies of her own. She loves working with start-ups and actively supports VCs in due diligence work. She also assist governmental institutions on technology policy issues.

Bo van Spilbeeck

News Reporter
The future we look forward to is a future of a loving, inclusive community where people accept and support each other to be who they truly are--and the work towards that future starts today. VTM News reporter Bo, formerly 'Boudewijn' as a man, will share with us how she took a brave step towards that ideal future with her inspirational story of transition to the woman she always was.

Heather Rice

Heather Rice is a staff scientist at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University. She will explain what a protein that causes Alzheimer’s disease is normally doing in the brain.

Henri Villebrun

Strategy Manager
Henri Villebrun is the Strategy Manager of Proximus. Recently, he has been working on Customer Operations Strategic & Digital transformation, wherein he discovered that customer satisfaction will increase better if, and only if, the global way of working, mindset, and empowerment of the employee also increases in parallel

Johan Eyckmans

Campus Dean - KU Leuven FEB Brussels
Johan Eyckmans studied economics at the University of Antwerp and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. In 1997 he obtained a Ph.D. from the faculty of economics and business of KU Leuven on the incentives of nations to form international environmental agreements.

Lieven Buysse

Campus Dean
Lieven Buysse is Professor of Linguistics and British Culture at the Brussels Campus of KU Leuven, where he is also Campus Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He is regularly asked by Flemish media to analyse the political situation in the UK, which is what he will also do for his TEDx talk on Brexit.

Stef Adriaenssens

Professor of economic sociology
Stef Adriaenssens (KU Leuven, Brussels) lectures Economic Sociology, and is rapt with social rules and their (non-)compliance. He researches those aspects that cross-cut societal and economic phenomena. He recently investigated how low-skilled work and educational differences affect people’s distaste for homosexuality, and how this relationship does or does not change through time.

Organizing team




  • Andres Van der Vorst
  • Céline Wong
  • diana Ong
  • Ilse De Clerck
  • Michiel Merchiers
  • Seif Abdelmagueed