Virtual Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2020-2021

Category: Corporate Events

Our new Masters & MBA students, following in the steps of more than 23,000 alumni, have chosen Vlerick Business School to help them shape their dreams, and to gain the knowledge, skills, courage and confidence to be a transformative agent of change in the world.

Monday, 14 Sept 2020

7 PM - 8.30 PM


Relive the opening ceremony

Mr Frans Muller (Chairman), Mr Frank Donck (Vice Chairman) and professor Marion Debruyne (Dean) are honoured to invite you to the first ever virtual Opening of the Academic Year Ceremony on Monday 14 September 2020. During this ceremony we will welcome our new students to the School and inspire you with a keynote by Felix Van de Maele (Alumnus Masters in General Management 2008), Co-Founder & CEO of Collibra - the first Belgian 'unicorn'.


  • 7.00 PM: Preshow & Onboarding
  • 7.30 PM:
    • Welcome by Mr Frans Muller, Chairman and Prof Marion Debruyne, Dean of Vlerick Business School 
    • Keynote by Felix Van de Maele, Co-Founder & CEO of Collibra ‘Driving change with a growth mindset’ 
    • Interview with Felix Van de Maele, moderated by Marion Debruyne 
    • Q&A with Felix Van de Maele 
    • Official Opening of the Academic Year by Marion Debruyne
  • 8:30 PM: End


By keynote speaker Felix Van de Maele, Co-Founder & CEO of Collibra

Felix will talk about the importance of having a growth mindset when it comes to driving change, sharing details from his journey as an entrepreneur and founder of Collibra, and how this approach has also impacted Collibra's journey as a company.
About Felix Van de Maele
Felix Van de Maele has led Collibra for more than ten years of record growth and is responsible for global business strategy. Prior to cofounding Collibra, he served as a researcher at the Semantics Technology and Applications Research Laboratory (STARLab) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he focused on ontology-focused crawlers for the semantic web and semantic data integration. He holds a Master in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a master’s in general management from the Vlerick Business School. In 2019, Felix was named the EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in New York.
About Collibra
Collibra is the Data Intelligence company. We accelerate trusted business outcomes by connecting the right data, insights, and algorithms to all Data Citizens. Our cloud-based platform connects IT and the business to build a data-driven culture for the digital enterprise. Global organizations choose Collibra to unlock the value of their data and turn it into a strategic, competitive asset. We have a diverse global footprint, with offices in the U.S., Belgium, Australia, Czech Republic, France, Poland, and the U.K.


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