I was born in 1969 in Aalst (Belgium), where I still live today.
After graduating from high school (Atheneum Aalst) in 1987, I moved to Ghent. From 1987 to 1992, I did a Master in Electronics Engineering at the University of Ghent. Since I graduated summa cum laude, I was offered a scholarship to do a PhD in Applied Sciences by the NFWO, an opportunity I took with both hands. During this period, I developed a software package that allowed people to model high frequency interconnection structures. This research work was later integrated in HP’s MDS (Microwave Design System) by a spin-off of the University of Ghent.
By that time, I had already left to head an R&D department of Siemens around Enterprise Communication Systems. In the following years, I was given an excellent opportunity to develop my management and leadership skills. Siemens had decided to close down the R&D department in Ghent, and I was assigned to transform this R&D cost center into a commercial, market oriented, solution designing profit center. Performing such an undertaking so early in ones career is really a gift from heaven. Never in my life have I learned more than in those challenging years…
In 2004, I moved to Siemens Business Services to become business unit manager. In 2006, after 10 years of Siemens, I decided to start my own management company, Innoprove bvba. My first customer was a startup that I helped grow from 20 to 40 people.
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