Dorothée Goffin

M.Sc. in Chemistry and Bio-industry and D.S. in agronomical sciences and biological engineering from the University of Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech), Dorothée Goffin has a very diversified and multidisciplinary scientific experience. Passionate scientist craving for new knowledge and experience, she early realized the importance of “thinking out of the box”, exploring other fields and considering societal issues. After managing different scientific valorization projects, she developed, during her PhD thesis, innovative health ingredients produced through a process inspired by nature. She then developed a start-up project around these ingredients acting on gut, bone health and immunity and therefor received numerous prices and grants. She integrated the Innovation and Creativity Unit in 2013 which aims to promote creative best practices inside the university and completed her skills with certificates in creativity, innovation, change and business management. She then developed and co-created with the 1st vice-rector, Eric Haubruge, the first Living Lab in Wallonia, the Smart Gastronomy Lab which is a use, co-creation and prototyping multidisciplinary lab for food, technologic and gastronomic innovation.

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Damien Ernst

In 1998, Damien Ernst graduated from the University of Liège. His did his master thesis on electricity networks, focusing on loss of synchronism phenomena that can lead to blackouts in a matter of seconds.
His doctoral thesis focused on reinforcement learning to solve control and decision-making problems in electricity networks. After his thesis, Professor Ernst continued on that path and published extensively on the subject during his three-year post-doctoral research, funded by the FNRS and spent at CMU and MIT in the USA, and at ETH in Zurich.
Damien Ernst then headed to France, where he was a professor at Supélec, an engineering school in Rennes. Since 2011, he is Associate-Professor at the University of Liège, where his research projects focus on smart grids as well as the integration of renewable energy into electrical network.

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Ozark Henry

Ozark Henry has left his mark on the Belgian music scene since the mid-’90s as a singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His early, mostly avant-garde electronic work quickly earned him the support of artists like David Bowie, Trent Reznor, Jah Wobble and Zazie. He toured as the supporting act for Moby and Garbage and the acclaimed French music magazine Les Inrocks labelled him ‘le jeune Bowie Flamand’.

Since then, he has released seven platinum studio albums and three soundtracks, cutting out a unique musical path. Always looking for new ways to translate sensory, emotional experiences through to his music, he blends heritage with technology, craft with experiment, audio with visual.

In 2014, he toured Europe with The Journey Is Everything, a groundbreaking live setup placing his band within a series of projected visuals, using moving screens to create the illusion of a three dimensional universe.

In 2015, he has embarked on his most ambitious project to date: Paramount. Following an invitation by the National Orchestra of Belgium to pay tribute to his repertoire in a series of concerts, Henry decided to record an album with the 90 piece orchestra in stereo, 5.1 surround sound and 9.1 Auro 3D immersive sound, placing the audience in the creator’s place. This makes him one of the first artists in the world to embrace 3D audio technology.

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Nathalie Delzenne

Nathalie Delzenne is Full Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. She is a lecturer in Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism and is the leader of the Metabolism and Nutrition Research Group at the Louvain Drug Research Institute. She has been involved in international scientific committee (Editor for the current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, member of the Scientific Board of ESPEN, , President of the Belgian Nutrition society, former member of the Board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, former member of the Board of the Nutrition society (UK))

After a PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences obtained in 1991, and a post-doctoral certificate in Nutrition (Lausanne, CH), she performed a post-doctoral research in Paris (Inserm Unit 342) to analyze  the effect of nutrients on gene expression in the field of obesity.   Back at the  Université catholique de Louvain, she started an academic carrier and has been involved in the experimental approach allowing to assess the functional effect of prebiotic-type nutrients, and in several international European Projects devoted to functional food. By working with prebiotics, her group has published more than 100 paper describing their effect on glucose/lipid metabolism, obesity-related disorder and inflammation. The current hypothesis is the involvement of intestinal peptides/hormones and of specific G-coupled protein and nuclear receptors in the modulation of energy metabolism and systemic inflammation by nutrients targeting the gut microbiota.

Jacques G. Verly

Jacques G. Verly graduated from the universities of Liège and Stanford and performed research at MIT.

After 25 years in the US, he became a professor at the ULg, where is also the Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering.

Jacques G. Verly received the degree of “Ingénieur Electricien (Electronique)” from the University of Liège (ULg), Belgium, and then both the MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA. His first year at Stanford was supported by a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational foundation (BAEF), of which he is a Fellow.

Upon graduation from Stanford, he was hired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked for 20 years for MIT Lincoln Laboratory (https://www.ll.mit.edu), the successor of the MIT Rad Lab, of World War II fame. There, he worked on many different sensors (laser radar, SAR,…) and developed pioneering techniques in signal and image processing, and in computer vision.

After 25 years in the US, he took the brand-new « digital signal processing » Chair in his alma mater, the University of Liège, where he is now both a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Vice-Dean of the School of Engineering.

Throughout his career, the common thread of his research has been signal and image processing and their applications.

His team is active in many other areas of signal and image processing, in particular in the areas of stereoscopic 3D video and immersive 3D sound, of real-time drowsiness monitoring (for saving lives), and of satellite telecommunications. In these areas, he is the founder of the international 3D Stereo MEDIA and SomnoSafe events, and of the educational OUFTI-1 nanosatellite (a « CubeSat »), which should become the first satellite ever registered in Belgium.

He has over 290 publications and 2 US patents.

While he has not yet flown a private satellite, he flew gliders at the age of 16 and airplanes at the age of 17, and got his private pilot license at the age of 18. He flew various types of private planes in Europe and the US.

Augustin de Bellefroid

Augustin de Bellefroid studied physical geography at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and multidisciplinary live composing. These two have in common the need to observe and innovate. They led Augustin to build his carrier as a live composer and entrepreneur.
Augustin de Bellefroid is the founder and artistic director of Matters Collective, a multidisciplinary platform working in the field of instant composing, with music, dance, theatre and visual arts. The collective’s research is dedicated to the development of communication systems that allows a conductor­composer to create a piece in realtime.
Augustin’s work is strongly inspired by the live composing sign languages created by Walter Thompson (Soundpainting, US), John Zorn (Cobra, US) and Santiago Vazquez (Rhythm with Signs, AR).
Life composing. « Tell me who you are, and that is going to be the start of the composition ». Multidisciplinary live composing is collaborative and political, as it implies a horizontal way of decision process, and gives people the chance to create together.

Isabella Lenarduzzi

Isabella Lenarduzzi has been a social entrepreneur (she is Ashoka Fellow), an expert in communication, event and conference organisation for more than 25 years. Her areas of interest include women empowerment, education, training, entrepreneurship, innovation and European integration (EU advocacy).
Isabella launched JUMP “Empowering Women, Advancing the Economy” in 2006.
JUMP offers women practical tools to help them realise their professional and personal aspirations, and supports companies and organisations that wish to promote better gender diversity within their management. JUMP has an office in Brussels, in Paris and a team of 12 persons.

She got several awards, here are some:

  • Nominee in 1992 as the woman of the year in Belgium
  • Wimadame award (France) called “European female entrepreneur of the year” in 2010
  • “Femme d’Exception” (Woman of exception) in 2011 by the Belgian Minister for Equal Opportunities Joëlle Milquet
  • “Tof de la comm” ‘Award for event communication in June 2011
  • “Women inspiring Europe” in 2012 by the European Institute for Gender Equality

Régis Lemmens

Régis Lemmens is a consultant, author and teacher on the topic of sales and sales management. He is a partner at Sales Cubes, a sales management consulting firm located in Belgium, that specialises in sales and key accounts management. He is a fellow at Cranfield University in the UK and a he lectures on sales and sales management at the TiasNimbas Business School in the Netherlands.

Gauthier Chapelle

Gauthier Chapelle, co-founder & director of the NGO Biomimicry Europa (www.biomimicry.eu) and the sustainability consultancy Greenloop (www.greenloop.eu) both based in Brussels. Gauthier is graduated Agricultural Engineer and PhD in Biology, naturalist and the father of two boys. After his PhD in Antarctica and Lake Baikal, Siberia, on behalf of the Royal Institute of Natural Science of Belgium, he worked as scientific officer at the International Polar Foundation (IPF) from 2002 to 2007, where his prime mission was to disseminate climate change knowledge via polar sciences. After several trainings with Janine Benyus, he launched 3 years ago, together with Gaëtan Dartevelle & Raphaël Stevens, the NGO Biomimicry Europa, to promote Biomimicry in Europe. End of 2007, they also created the consultancy Greenloop, bringing Biomimicry amongst other tools for sustainability strategies to businesses and communities. He is an active speaker about Biomimicry, climate change & sustainability, especially in France and Belgium. As a biologist at the design table (BaDT), its actual activities also cover bridging the gap between biologists and engineers to invent sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and other environmental issues. As such, together with Jean Valayer, he initiated and followed the 3-years CO2SolStock project (2009-2012), funded by the European Commission, aimed at developing carbon sequestration thanks to calcium carbonate bio-precipitation, with 5 European universities. He brings now his biomimetic expertise to another European project led by the University of Cambridge about the effect of ocean acidification on sea-shell formation in molluscs. Recently, he also specialised on urban and biomimetic agriculture.

Thomas Ketchell

Thomas Ketchell, 25 years old, was born in St. Leonards-On-Sea (UK) but grew up in France and Belgium. After working in Australia for a year, he went on to clinch his BA in History & Chinese Studies. His desire to help the environment brought him to East Africa in 2010 where he built biogas systems. Biogas projects use cow dung to provide clean cooking gas in rural parts of Kenya, where forests are being cut down and wood for cooking is disappearing rapidly.

He went on to do a postgraduate in Business & Development, and ended up living and working in China. Whilst living in Beijing, he experienced the dreadful quality of the air on a daily basis. Wanting to alert people back home what it was like to breathe in this dirty air, he decided with his colleague Steven Chiu – to re-enact on social media the 1952 Great Smog of London. The success of this re-enactment led to worldwide coverage, which encouraged both Steven and Thomas to co-found Hstry, which relives historical events through a first-person perspective to bring history to life. Hstry is now providing interactive storylines of historical events for both elementary and secondary schools across the globe in line with their vision to become the leading digital learning platform for history.