The Vlerick Awards 2018

Category: Alumni Events

On the occasion of its 65th anniversary, Vlerick Business School will be organising a special edition of the Vlerick Award.

Each year, the Vlerick Award is granted to a visionary business leader who guided her or his company to the international top with sustainable results in the presence of over 400 alumni guests, many former winners and nominees. This year's nominees are: Mr. Jef Colruyt, Ms. Lieve Mostrey and Ms. Michèle Sioen.

Meet the Vlerick Award 2018 nominees
Jef Colruyt Lieve Mostrey  Michele Sioen 
  Jef Colruyt
  CEO Colruyt Group
   Lieve Mostrey
   CEO Euroclear
  Michèle Sioen
  CEO Sioen Industries


Build a bridge, establish a bond

To celebrate this milestone year, we will present two important awards for entrepreneurs in business: our traditional Vlerick Award for an established business personality and a new prize called the Vlerick Venture Award.

The Vlerick Venture Award will be offered to a young, entrepreneurial Vlerick alumna/us whose organisation has delivered growth and made a positive impact on society. We will honour 3 entrepreneurs, one of whom will go home with this new and prestigious award.

This will be a unique occasion to bring 6 top business personalities together: 3 Vlerick Award and 3 Vlerick Venture Award nominees will be able to exchange ideas between their respective organisations.

We are certain this occasion will generate many interesting conversations amongst recognised business leaders and younger entrepreneurial talent, and lead to learning on both sides as we look to build bridges and establish bonds amongst entrepreneurs in Belgium.

Vlerick Venture Award Criteria
  • Vlerick alumna/us
  • <40 years
  • Owner or founder of an organisation in the profit or non-profit sector
  • Organisation has shown growth and made a positive impact on society

Our jury, consisting of a small committee of 9 experienced entrepreneurs, investors and experts from the Vlerick faculty (see our “Entrepreneurs in Residence”) will select the final 3 nominees. The ‘Venture Award’ winner will be announced during our Vlerick Award Ceremony on Thursday 7 June in Brussels at the same time we announce who has won our annual Vlerick Award.


Find out who are current Vlerick Award winner (in bold) and past winners and nominees are:

  • 2001                             
    • Em. Prof. Dr. Erik De Lembre
    • Prof. Dr. Philippe Haspeslagh
    • Mr. Karel Van Miert (+), Minister Van Staat
    • Prof. Herman Verwilst
  • 2002                             
    • Em. Prof. Dr. Herman Daems
    • Baron. Paul De Keersmaeker
    • Em. Prof. Dr. Mark Eyskens, Minister van Staat
    • Prof. Dr. Jef Roos
  • 2003                             
    • Burggraaf Etienne Davignon
    • Mr. Jean-Luc Dehaene (+), Minister van Staat
    • Baron Paul De Meester
    • Prof. Dr. Eddy Wymeersch
  • 2004                             
    • Mr. Jean-Pierre Hansen
    • Prof. Dr. Hilde Laga
    • Baron Dr. Peter Piot
    • Prof. Johan Vande Lanotte, Minister van Staat
  • 2005
    • Baron Paul Buysse
    • Baron Gerard Mortier
    • Ridder Jacques Rogge
    • Dr. Catherine Verfaillie
  • 2006             
    • Zr. Jeanne Devos
    • Mr. Franco Dragone
    • Mr. Michel Tilmant
    • Mr. Luc Vandevelde
  • 2007                             
    • Mr. Paul Bulcke
    • Mr. Rudi De Becker
    • Baron Patrick De Maeseneire
    • Mr. Georges Ugeux
  • 2008             
    • Mr. Hein Deprez
    • Mr. Gabriel Fehervari
    • Mr. Marc Saverys
    • Mr. Urbain Vandeurzen
  • 2009                             
    • Mr. Marc Coucke
    • Mr. Roland Duchâtelet
    • Mr. Fernand Huts
    • Mr. Herman Van de Velde
  • 2010                             
    • Mr. Michael Bremans
    • Mr. Thomas Leysen
    • Mr. Jean Stéphenne
    • Baron Vic Swerts
  • 2011                             
    • Baron Luc Bertrand
    • Mr. Luc De Bruyckere
    • Baron Bert De Graeve
    • Mr. Laurent Minguet
  • 2012             
    • Mr. Hedwig De Meyer
    • Mr. Ivo Marechal
    • Mr. Chris Van Doorslaer
    • Mr. Wilfried Vancraen
  • 2014                             
    • Ms. Christ'l Joris
    • Mr. Michel Moortgat
    • Ms. Martine Reynaers
    • Mr. Guido Van Herpe
  • 2015             
    • Mr. Alain Bernard
    • Mr. Bernard Delvaux
    • Ms. Dominique Leroy
    • Mr. Koen Van Gerven
  • 2016                              
    • Ann & Bart Claes    
    • Ms. Françoise Chombar
    • Mr. Eric Domb
    • Mr. Rudi Pauwels
  • 2017
    • Mr. Gaëtan Hannecart
    • Mr. Dieter Penninckx
    • Ms. Marleen Vaesen
    • Ms. Conny Vandendriessche