Philippe de Backer

State secretary for the fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea

Since 2nd of May 2016, Philippe De Backer joined the Belgian government. He is currently State secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea. Prior to that he was a Member of the European Parliament, at ALDE group. In his first legislature – 2011-2014 – he was full member of the Transport Committee and substitute member on the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee. After the elections of 2014 Philippe became full member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee and substitute member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs committee. Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer and as Business Analyst, in different venture capital firms specialised in the life-sciences. Philippe holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University (Belgium) and an MBA from Solvay Business School (Belgium).

Koen Schrever

CEO @Bolero Crowdfunding

Koen Schrever has an engineering background. He worked in some SME’s and for some multinationals where he was active as Business Unit and turnaround manager and had full P&L responsibility. He was involved in M&A processes. The last decade he worked as Managing Director and Sr. Investment manager for some Venture Capital funds. He was recently attracted by KBC Securities as CEO for Bolero-Crowdfunding.

Michel Duchateau

Founder CreaDelta, Co-designer & Coach @ Fit4Start Acceleration Programme

Coach in innovation, trainer in project management & entrepreneur, Michel is fond of startups.
Within his company CreaDelta, he helps organizations and entrepreneurs skyrocket their projects. Actively involved in multiple startup communities, he helps entrepreneurs as a coach and workshop animator.
Certified Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend Europe, he animates conferences and hackathons about innovation and entrepreneurship and he joins international startup competitions as jury member. He collaborates with accelerators and incubators, business schools, public institutions in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. Lean practitioner, co-author of ParticipAgile, he spreads agile and lean methods to professionals and students.

Anis Bedda

Cofounder and Transformer in Chief

Cofounder of transforma bxl, a coworking and innovation space hosting a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives. Anis also co-founded the Intrapreneurship Conference the premier global gathering of Intrapreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs, innovation managers and innovation experts. After working in Tunisia, Turkey, Spain, and Canada, he finally settled down in Brussels, Belgium where he cofounded BottomUp Innovation, a company helping organisations innovate from the bottom up using the
principles of Intrapreneurship, open innovation and crowd sourcing. The company helps organisations tap into the potential of their staff to generate innovation in return of engagement, fulfilment and happiness at work.

Annick Bleyen

Change Facilitator, empowering change, Creator of Balance-Boost and EquiFeel

In 2005 Annick started her private Coaching practice, in 2008 she made the step to becoming a full-time entrepreneur. She is Coordinator at Open Coffee Antwerpen, a space for Entrepreneurs, Free-Lancers, Account Managers and CEO’s to meet, connect and share experiences.
Annick’s decision to become an entrepreneur was not an easy one, being a single parent, but she did not want to live with regrets and so she did it.

John Di Stefano

Founder of Entrepreneurship Academy, Startup Coach

During 30 years of entrepreneurship, John Di Stefano founded 8 different companies, ranging from marketing over advertising into IT and consulting. Not all of the businesses went well and often he had enough reason to give up, but being a real entrepreneur this was never a question. This attitude allowed him to experience all sides of entrepreneurship, the good and the bad. He met some amazing people on the way, neither driven by money nor personal gain but driven by improving other peoples lives and creating real positive change in this world. Most of them were working on their own with little support and understanding from the common business world and while they were working hard to make a change, their results were limited.This and his own passion to make a real difference motivated John to create the Entrepreneur Academy for Changemakers. Providing a platform, training and education to the ones who are going to make a real positive difference.

Carlo Peano

Executive Partner of European Hub

Carlo Peano is specialised in European funds and Communication and is Executive Partner of
European Hub, a consulting company on Innovation and Investment. He has a master’s degrees in International Relations and a single-cycle master’s degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences.
He worked as an entrepreneur, journalist and policy adviser on several EU-related topics in Milan, Turin and Brussels. He is a member of the Advisory Council on European Affairs at the Ixelles Municipality. He writes the blog EuroPeano on EurActiv.

Rami Fetyani

Founder at COCREATE

Rami Fetyani is a digital marketing specialist with more than 8 years experience in the industry and is a founder of an innovative co-working startup. He has worked with numourous companies to increase their digital presence through cost effective & scalable techniques. Rami specialises in building digital strategises, generating leads and building effective sales funnels powered by appropriate UX, UI and the right online traffic.

Rodolphe d’Udekem d’Acoz

Business and Finance Advisor @ IMPULSE

In his role at IMPULSE Rodolphe d’Udekem d’Acoz, provides information, tools and coaching to innovative SME’s. Rodolphe is a member of the selection committee for Be Angels, and the program committee for EU Horizon 2020. He also acts as a coach & expert for Start-up weekends Brussels and Microsoft innovation Center. Among others, Rodolphe sits on the board of directors for I.R.I.S.