Jean Claude Lahaut, dr., HEC Liège


Jean Lahaut is Doctor in Law from the University of Liège and holds an MBA from the HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Paris. He started his career in 1971 as teaching assistant in the dept of Commercial Law at the University of Liège. In 1974, he became Principal private secretary to Jean Gol (Secretary of State, regional economy), before moving in 1979 to Lafarge-Coppée and managing Lafarge Prestia in France. He co-founded Eurogentec SA in 1985, nowadays an international biotechnological group. Jean-Claude Lahaut joined Solvay in 1989, where he was in charge of Solvay Veterinär GmbH in Germany before becoming European Public Affairs Manager in Brussels. He is now Affiliate Professor at HEC- Liège.  

Professional experience :

European Public, Affairs Manager - Groupe solvay 2000 2002

Director of profit center - Lafarge Prestia 1985 1989

Co founder, Member of the Board - Eurogentec sa 1983 1995


General Secretary, European Council of the Chemical Industry (CEFIC)

Maître de conférences HEC Liège (Belgium)

Course given : International Lobbying

Contact : jcl@cefic.be ,  jeanclaude.lahaut@skynet.be



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).

Company : Itzu Careers

Course Given : Change Management (Act Locally)

Contact : wim.croonen@genzyme.com


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. 

Company : Paretus, Gebroeders Persoonsstraat 1, BE-3150 Tildonk

Course given : International Marketing

Contact : peter@forceville.org


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.

Company : Detecon International GmbH

Course Given : Firm's Competitive Environment

Contact : markus.steingroever@detecon.com


Björn Schaefer


Bjoern Schaefer holds a diploma in Mathematics with Major in Pure Logic and is General Manager of Visual Crossing GmbH being responsible for the international operations of Visual Crossing outside North America. As member of Board of Visual Crossing Inc. he is closely involved in the planning and executing the technology roadmap. Visual Crossing is an end to end mapping solution designed for data analysis platforms and adds geospatial visualization and analytics to classical business intelligence and big data systems. The global client base ranges from governmental institution over finance, retail, telecommunication to utilities and production. Before joining Visual Crossing in 2008, he worked for more than 20 years in various management- and IT functions for different companies in several countries.

Company : Visual Crossing

Contact : bschaefer@visualcrossing.com


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.

Company : Genzyme, Cipalstraat 8, Geel, B-2440, Belgium

Course Given : People Management (Act Locally)

Contact : Leon.vliegen@katena.be


Marcel Kannekens


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).

Course given : Corporate Finance

Contact : Kannekens@parkcf.nl


Tom Boonen

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.

Company : Agile Governed Services n.v.

Course given : Optimizing IT


Martin Schoonbroodt

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Martin Schoonbroodt (1986) is Business Development Director (S&M) and co-founder of Probiotic Group. Probiotic Group researches, develops and produces products which have a positive impact against antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic consumption, the biotechnology company values sustainability, disruption for a healthier world and awareness. Prior to this Martin was Program Manager at PFSweb, an eCommerce and Digital Marketing company, where he was in charge of the online commerce expansion for brands like P&G, PANDORA jewellery or Starbucks. He started his professional career abroad within Dimension Data a South African company specialized in IT infrastructure. He holds a Masters degree in General Management from HEC-ULg and an Engineering degree in ICT from HE2B Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique. Martin is an expert in digital transformation and holds regularly events with the Federal Minister of Telecommunications, Alexander De Croo.

Course given : International Project Management

Contact : martin@probiotic-group.com



Vincent Delfosse

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Vincent is Managing Director and Member of the executive committee of Deutsche Bank Belgium. He is heading the Investment & Advisory department. He is also Vice Chairman of the European Investment Committee of Deutsche Bank International Private Clients Division.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Vincent was heading European Structured Products division with ING Asset Management division (now NN Investment Partners) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Vincent holds a MSc in Business and Economics from the University of Liège and is also a Certified European Financial Analyst (from Belgian EFFAS Society) and a CFA Charterholder (from CFA institute).

Vincent is invited professor at HEC-Liège, Management School of the University of Liège where he is teaching security valuations with a focus on financial derivatives.

Company :  Deutsche Banke

Contact : vincent.delfosse@db.com


Luc Neuberg



Luc Neuberg is Chairman of the Board of the Luxembourg Association of Risk Management (ALRiM).

He is board member of the ABBL Foundation, and co-chairman of the Credit and counterparty ALFi Risk Management working Group.

He was CEO and Head of Risk Management at BCEE Asset Management. Previously he was Managing Director at Fortis Investments Luxembourg and Head of Risk Management for the Multi Management department.

M. Neuberg is involved in different research projects and teaches at University of Lorraine, and at the Luxembourg House of Training..  He holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Namur and a degree in engineering from the University of Liège.

Company : Luxembourg Association of Risk and Management (ALRiM)

Contact :  luc.neuberg@alrim.lu


Alexandre Scivoletto


Alexandre Scivoletto holds a master's degree in economics with a specialization in finance and has been working in the financial analysis and corporate finance department headed by Prof. Marie Lambert since September 2019.

Alexandre is a teaching assistant for the Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance and Fund Industry courses. During his studies, he took the Financial Risk Analysis and Management course at the London School of Economics as part of a Summer School. He also attended the Summer School at HEC Paris to follow the M&A course.

In addition, he was also part of the HEC Liège team that won the CFA Challenge Benelux in 2019. Alexandre is enrolled in the PhD program and his doctoral research focuses on “Essays on the risk and the performance of change in corporate ownership”.

Company :  HEC Liège (Assistant)

Contact : alexandre.scivoletto@uliege.be



Edit Herczog

Edit Herczog is a founder and managing director of the Brussels based consultancy, Vision & Values. The company is specialized in European and Transatlantic projects, in the field of transition to the data economy, and new technologies in general. The company provides political foresight and strategic advice, including on the EU long term budget, to face the fast-changing political economic environment. In this role, among others she provides EU liaison service to GÉANT. In addition, she is a visiting professor at HEC LIEGE teaching International management  at MSc level, and  senior adviser at APCO worldwide since 2015. Since 2018 she is member of the Administrative Board of the European Agency for Energy Cooperation (ACER).

She is member of RDA since 2015, elected to the RDA Council in 2017, and as co-chair of the Financial Subcommittee. She is a board member at Transatlantic Policy Network and honorary member of the European Internet Forum. (where she served 8 years as governor).

She is a great believer and promoter of science driven progress without frontiers. She serves as data-sommelier to increase awareness of the data age to non-professional communities.

Prior to her current engagements, between 2004-14 Edit served as member of the European Parliament elected in Hungary, and served in the Committee of Industry Telecommunication, Research and Energy (ITRE), Committee of Budget and Committee of budget Control. She worked on several legislations connected to  industry and infrastructures in the field of energy, ICT and Research (Horizon 2020 ITER and Space programs) within the multiannual budget. She was vice president of the second biggest political group (S&D), supervising administrative and financial compliance and transparency.

Between 1994-2004 Edit has spent ten years in Multinational environment as manager for Central Eastern Europe, at Unilever Chemicals and ICI. In parallel she served as member of the Hungarian Parliament for seven years, in the field of the EU Integration.

Prior to this, she worked in the University of Horticulture in the department of Fermentation and Viticulture after taking her MSc in food engineering.

Company :  Vision & Values

Course given : International public Affairs and CSR

Contact : mrs.edit.herczog@gmail.com

Last update :24/08/2018