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Theme: Are we ready for the future?

This event occurred on
May 13, 2021
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de (fr), Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (nl)

TEDxKULeuvenBrussels aims to tackle issues and discuss ideas that relate our present circumstances to future consequences while advocating potential solutions that can positively impact our future. "Are we ready for the future?" is a theme that will be creatively explored in various ways with an emphasis on innovation and inspiration, particularly because of how 2020 has transpired.

The event will be online and will be broadcasted via Hopin. It is free, but requires prior registration on our website.

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

Strategist | Analyst | Educator | Moderator | TEDx Speaker
Dr. Alea Fairchild is a technology commentator and infrastructure specialist. Alea covers and researches the convergence of technology in the cloud, mobile, and social spaces in global financial services. Holding a Doctorate in Applied Economics from Hasselt University, she is currently a graduate lecturer in technology marketing for the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven. Her TED talk addresses the intricacies and the necessity of wayfinding and pathmaking to not only choose the right path, but to make sense of the path in front of you. It is through her careers as a market analyst, educator, athlete, mother, and grandmother that truly illustrate the successful application of her approach and principles. Full biography: www.tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com

Kenneth Van den Bergh

Co-founder at Carbon+Alt+Delete
Kenneth Van den Bergh is an innovative advocate for an emerging trend in today’s world, carbon neutrality. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net-zero carbon emissions through either eliminating or removing carbon emissions from the environment. He executes this unique work through Carbon+Alt+Delete, a non-profit organization he co-founded to address the importance of the issue and the severe consequences of ignoring it. His TED talk will walk us through carbon neutrality’s relevance to not only businesses and professionals, but to students and people from all walks of life. Full biography: https://tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com/

Oliver Perquy

Managing Director Nestlé Nespresso Belgilux
Oliver Perquy is a demonstrated international leader and manager in the food and beverages industry. Holding a unique position as the CEO of Nespresso Belgium and Luxembourg, Oliver uses his platform to promote sustainability and the necessity of securing a future for not only coffee, but the farmers who depend on it. His TED talk will illuminate the imminent dangers of unsustainable coffee farming and the importance of raising awareness of this issue amongst coffee drinkers. His message is simple: there is coffee, and then there are the people behind the cup. Full biography: www.tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com

Philip Van Impe

Trainer Leadership Skills - Inspirational speaker - Chairman of the Belgian Defence Platform for Leadership
Philip Van Impe is a Brigade General (Ret) of the Belgian Armed Forces and a proven leader both as a soldier and as a citizen. His military career granted him remarkable insights and perspectives into the differing conditions, cultures, and leaders of the world. It is with these experiences and encounters that molded him into the astute leader he is today and positioned him to serve as the Chair of Leadership of the Belgian Royal Military Academy. His TED talk draws on the concepts of the VUCA world and combines it with his unique experiences as a soldier to advocate for the necessity of comprehensive leaders. He argues that comprehensive leadership is built upon an ethical foundation and supported by pillars of transformational and serving leadership. Full biography: www.tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com

Stijn Vanoppen

Tax Partner, EMEIA FSO (Belgium) at EY
Stijn Vanoppen is a results-driven and creative tax scholar who specializes in the tax treatment of financial instruments, insurance products, and investment funds. With over 20 years of experience, he currently occupies the financial services tax leader position at EY Belgium. As an avid academic, Stijn also holds a LL.M. in tax from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Law from KU Leuven. His TEDx talk will redefine the tax system and its relation to our individual lives. Stijn explains that each of us has an implicit social contract that binds us to the civilized society we all enjoy. He argues that our membership in this developed society requires a fee, and that fee is the taxes that we pay. Full biography: www.tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com

Wouter Denayer

CTO BeLux at IBM
Wouter Denayer is a technology optimist. He is on a mission to maximize the potential of artificial intelligence for society and business by stripping away both hype and fear surrounding AI. With a degree in linguistics & literature to balance his inner geek, he architects IT solutions that deliver their promised value as the CTO of IBM Belgium. “I am passionate about technology. That's why I love to help companies understand and implement innovation where it matters. This with one eye on the business, another on the tech, and a third on the impact on society.” Full biography: https://tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com/

Yves Slachmuylders

Partner at McKinsey & Company
Yves Slachmuylders is an established consultant advising industry leaders on new operating models, cultural transformations, and talent management. As a partner at McKinsey & Company, Yves maintains deep expertise on the future of work, particularly regarding how emerging technologies will transform the nature of the workplace. His TEDx talk emphasizes that in order to adapt to the emerging importance of soft skills for the hard world we live in today, we must reframe learning as a skill, and not as a process. He argues that intentional learning, and the mindsets that entail, is the only way to tackle the drastic changes of tomorrow. Full biography: www.tedxkuleuvenbrussels.com

Organizing team


Brussels, Belgium


  • Giorgi Muradashvili
    Team member
  • Temuka Andriashvili
    Team member