Peter Forceville, Senior Advisor
Peter Forceville (1969) is Managing Director and founder of Paretus. Paretus develops and implements differentiated marketing strategies for B2B SME’s and executes their business development. Prior to this Peter was Director of Sales at Helvoet Pharma (Datwyler Pharma Packaging) and Sales Manager at Corus Aluminium (Aleris), where he also co-founded the strategic business marketing department. He started his professional career in the family owned business. He holds a Masters degree in Commercial Engineering from the University of Leuven. Peter is visiting lecturer at the University of Hasselt and speaks regularly for the Belgian Chamber of Commerce and for various training institutes.
Paretus, Gebroeders Persoonsstraat 1, BE-3150 Tildonk
Dr. jur. Alexander Martius
1987 - 1992 legal studies at University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
1993 studies of public law and administrative sciences at University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany
1993 - 1995 legal clerkship at various courts and administrative bodies in Aachen, Germany
1994; legal training abroad in Mumbai, India and Montreal, Canada
1995-1997 Master Program at Maastricht University, Netherlands, "Magister Iuris Communis, Master of European and Comparative Law", followed by doctoral thesis on International Insolvency Law
As of 1997 attorney at law in Aachen, Germany; key areas: Commercial and Privat International Law, Construction and Architects Law
Senior partner of Stein & Partner Rechtsanwälte, Aachen, Germany
As of 2009 lecturer at University of applied Sciences Aachen for Commercial Law and Construction Law
Secretary of the Westlex EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping), an association of law firms in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands within the Euregio
STEIN & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte
International Business Law
After graduating in Economics and Informatics, Tom started working at IBM. There he chooses to complete his studies at the MBA program of the Henley Management College.
He has held multiple national and international sales and management functions within IBM’s Software Group, IBM’s WW Strategy and Technology Team, as well as Marketing Management functions within Microsoft Benelux. In between Tom was managing his own company operating in Russia & CIS from 1992-1995.
Mid 2010 Tom took on a new challenge specializing in the different domains of Business Architecture and Business Process Management disciplines.
He is happily married with Svetlana and they have 2 lovely daughters Nathalie and Stefanie. Together they spend quality time hiking, swimming and cycling.
Agile Governed Services n.v.
- Commercial and Management Engineer (magna cum laude) at Louvain University in 2072
- Unrivalled network to the EU Institutions and organisations in Brussels and throughout Europe.
- 35 years career in Unilever (10 years in finance, 15 years in marketing and 10 years responsible for Public Affairs and Corporate Relations)
- Member of the Board and President of A.I.S.E. (2001-2008); member of the Board of Cosmetics Europe (2003-2008), member of the Board of Cefic (2006-2008)
- Promoted the creation of the European Partnership for the development of Alternative Approaches to Animal testing
- Specializes in engaging with the EU Institutions and providing consultancy in the management of trade associations
- Developed the project ‘Bee’, an European Parliament think- & do-tank initiative focusing on resource efficiency and sustainable development
- Professor in the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires in Namur
Laroche Conseil, acting for Unilever and industry associations
Wim Croonen, HR Director, Genzyme
Wim Croonen is HR Director of Genzyme (biotech company) in Belgium. Wim has gained over more than 20 years of HR Business Partnership experience and has held several HR management positions with increasing responsibilities within mainly multinational organizations such as Tenneco, Philips, Johnson Controls, etc… . Wim is also partner in Evenwicht which is a training & development organization focusing on supporting clients in their team- and organizational change agenda’s. Wim’s area of expertise is situated in the arena of Learning & Organizational Development, Leadership Development and Talent & Performance Management.
Wim Croonen holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences and followed a Master Class in HRM. He is Certified Compentency Assessor (UAMS), Certified Personal Coach (UAMS), Certified in Appreciative Inquiry (K.U. Leuven/Cleveland -US) and Accredited Business Mediator (MEDIV).
Genzyme, Cipalstraat 8, Geel, B-2440, Belgium
Leon Vliegen, Zaakvoerder, Katena
Leon Vliegen holds a master in pedagogy and psychology, next to a post-graduate in HRManagement. Today, Leon is owner/partner of Katena, a consultancy firm on HR & organization matters like talent& leadership assessment and development,organization development & change, and HR consultancy & projects.
Before his actual position Leon had a career as an HR professional in different companies, being Borealis, Tyco Electronics and Pregis. In these companies he gradually moved from local to international roles. Over the years he has developed a broad experience and expertise in Strategic HR, organization development & change,individual development and industrial relations.
Moreover he’s an important part and lecturer in the post graduate HR Leadership programme of the University of Hasselt.
Genzyme, Cipalstraat 8, Geel, B-2440, Belgium
Christelle Bertrand, Deputy General manager CSL Former Project Manager at Volvo Trucks (Groupe Renault)
Christelle Bertrand is an engineer from the National College of Engineering for Aircraft Building, E.N.S.I.C.A - Toulouse, France. As CSL Deputy General Manager, Christelle is responsible for a reform plan of Liege Space Center (CSL). Her role is to manage change that aim at defining and applying a new strategy of the space center (vision, mission, strategic objectives towards the market and the University), balancing financial results while coping with human resources issues. Liege Space Center has about 80 employees and a yearly turnover of 8M€.
Professional experience :
- Chief Project Manager of a new Vehicle at RENAULT TRUCKS, VOLVO Group: manufacturer of trucks – Lyon, FRANCE;
- Buyer of co-developed technical components, RENAULT TRUCKS, VOLVO Group: manufacturer of trucks – Lyon, France;
- Responsible for recruitment projects in car industry WINSEARCH: recruitment consultancy firm – Lyon, France;
- Product Development Engineer, EADS, ASTRIUM: manufacturer of satellites – Toulouse, France
MARCO MOTULLO, Prof. dr., FH Aachen
Marco Motullo is Managing Partner of CPI Celebrity Performance GmbH. CPI Celebrity Performance develops and deploys innovative market research tools and media analyses tools to evaluate and track the impact of influential people for marketing purposes. Before, he worked as an Executive Assistant to a Corporate Senior Vice President and as a Project Manager at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA headquarters, and as a freelance business consultant.
Marco studied business administration at the University of Muenster (Germany) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). After graduating, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Muenster, focusing on strategic management, strategic marketing, business-to-business marketing, and market research. In his PhD thesis he explored the possibility of projecting user behavior in social networks.
He currently holds lecturing positions at FH Aachen (Germany) and Cologne Business School (Germany).
FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
The Firm’s Competitive Environment
Dr Markus Steingröver, Managing Partner
Markus Steingröver holds a MBA and a PhD in Economics and is Managing Partner and Head of the Wholesale Strategies Group in the Strategy and Marketing Department of Detecon International. He is also leading the Detecon Global Competence Team Wholesale Strategies. Detecon International is one of the world’s leading manufacturer-independent companies for integrated management and technology consultancy in the converging markets of telecommunications and information technology (ICT).
Before joining Detecon International, Dr Steingröver worked at the German Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post (RegTP) during the beginning of Telco liberalisation in Europe. He advised mobile and fixed operators as well as regulatory authorities worldwide on a broad range of wholesale topics, such as business strategy, wholesale products, regulatory issues and costing in more than 40 countries. Particular focus areas of Dr Steingröver are regulatory issue, wholesale business development strategies and broadband access.
Detecon International GmbH
MBA (INSEAD) & PhD , he is a full Professor of entrepreneurial skills at HEC Management School - University of Liège. Interest centres around incubation, financing and accompaniment systems for burgeoning innovatory companies ; soft skills associated with the entrepreneurial spirit ; and pedagogical practices inducive to the fostering of the innovative spirit of enterprise. A member of the board of directors of several young businesses and investment funds, as well as being an expert with the European commission. Has published numerous articles in anglophone as well as francophone international journals. Has written several books and book chapters. In charge of the HEC Liège Entrepreneurs programme.
- Director- Fondation Free 2003
- Director - centre de recherche PME et entrepreneuriat 1997
- Expert with the European commission
Dipl.-Math. Peter Brandenburg, Strategy Deployment
Peter Brandenburg is Referent of Strategy Deployment, Innovation & Portfolio Project Management at Vodafone D2 GmbH Düsseldorf, where he is responsible for process architecture and modeling of project and budget management for all projects running at Vodafone. He gain his practical and methodically experiences within the framework of activities and educations through execution of projects inside the company and ESPRIT undertaking using Project-, Quality-, Process-, and Portfolio Management. He is member of the board of QFD-ID and has demonstrated through congresses and workshops his knowledge of software QFD as a certified QFD. He successfully completed his studies at the university of Bonn in Mathematic and Economic theory as a Dipl.-Mathematic. During his study he supported several diploma theses and dissertations as well as habilitations of other branches where mathematical problems were to solve furthermore he was the co-author of a publication „Ein- und Ausgaben des Staates“.
Vodafone D2 GmbH, Düsseldorf
Marcel Kannekens (1965) has a master in business economics and accountancy from Erasmus Uninversity in Rotterdam. He is a chartered accountant and has gained professional experience over the years as manager, board member and consultant. Marcel Kannekens worked for Unilever for more than 15 years, where he held various board positions, incl. CFO of Unilever’s Frozen Food Business in the Benelux and General Manager of Mora Benelux. Since 2006, he is Partner of Park Corporate Finance, a consultancy and investment firm. His area of expertise is in mergers and acquisitions, buy outs and (exit) strategies, with a specific focus on consumer foods, retail, biotechnology and health care. Marcel holds non-executive board positions at Cherry Valley Group (food), VDR (construction), ACS BIOmarker (biotech), VandeMheen (foodservice) ans TripleMed (Medtech).