Detailed Programme

Join our dual learning journey for Vlerick alumni only on Wednesday 19 December in Brussels!
You can choose to either join the afternoon sessions, the evening keynote or both!

afternoon conference evening keynote

AFTERNOON 
Keep your knowledge up-to-speed

An update on the latest insights and knowledge − and how to create impact − via a perfect interactive balance between:

  • Hands-on workshops
  • Inspirational speeches by Vlerick faculty & alumni 
  • Exchanging experiences with faculty and peers

When? As from 11:00 am 
Where? Vlerick Campus Brussels
 
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EVENING
Keep in touch with the School & your colleagues

Guest speaker Edzard Overbeek (CEO of HERE Technologies) will enlighten and inspire us about the digital era we’re entering. This inspirational session will be followed by a networking reception in which everyone can exchange viewpoints and ideas.

We will also extend a special Homecoming welcome to the alumni who graduated in the years ‘3 & ‘8: from 1953, 1958, 1963, and on up to 2013.
 
When? As from 8:00 pm
Where? Brussels Expo
 
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conference

Keep your knowledge up-to-speed during our afternoon sessions!

afternoon conference
 

welcome

11:00 – 11:30 am      Registration and Welcome 
 

opening keynote

11:30 – 12:00 noon       Opening Keynote by Dean Marion Debruyne

Prof Dr Marion Debruyne is Dean of Vlerick Business School. She holds a Civil Engineering degree and is Doctor in Applied Economics (Ghent University). She is also Master in Marketing (Vlerick Business School).

After obtaining a CIM fellowship she held positions as Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Assistant Professor at the Goizueta Business School (Emory University).
Before her deanship professor Debruyne was Director for all Masters programmes as well as Academic Director of the Executive programme “Product Management”.

Marion is passionate about the strategic side of innovation and the innovative side of strategy. She helps companies think about how to respond to changing markets and escape commoditization by adapting their product line, marketing strategy and ultimately, their business model.

 
lunch sessions

12:00 - 1:30 pm      Lunch sessions and networking

Tailor your lunch session:

  • Choose 1 of our 3 lunch sessions and book your slot
    or
  • Visit our open research and video hubs
    or
  • Just enjoy your lunch and network

 

CHOOSE one of the following sessions:

Please be aware that some sesssions take place at the same time or are filled-in on the first come first served principle (Meet & Speed up and Speedup Coaching)

ALUMNI FOR ALUMNI

Join our alumni who will share their passion and interesting story! They will open up about the difficulties they encountered: when the speed of development was quicker than their own speed and personal transformation was needed.

Dieter De Mesmaeker (Datacamp), Maarten Vandecruys (Urbancrops) & Matthew Van Niekerk (Settlemint) (from left to right)
Dieter De Mesmaeker Maarten Vandecruys Matthew Van Niekerk

 

SPEEDUP COACHING
This session supports people in finding the career path that fits their full potential in line with their talents and values.
 
During this 1-hour session, we will help you make your objective clear and smart. You’ll come away with some valuable insights into what is holding you back and what will help you make progress in your career.
 
Coaches Claire Vanneste and Karen Dejongh (from left to right)
Claire Vanneste Karen Dejongh

MEET & SPEED UP 

Experiencing challenges or looking for feedback on your business or start-up idea? We offer sessions where you can ask your questions privately to Prof Hans Crijns or Prof Sophie Manigart or Lecturer Yannick Dillen:

  • Prof. Hans Crijns (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)
    Expert in: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship policy, SME Management (Small & Medium-sized Enterprises), Business Planning, Entrepreneurial Venturing, Family Business
     
  •  Prof. Sophie Manigart (Accounting & Finance) 
    Expert in: Corporate Finance, Business Angels, Entrepreneurial Finance, Accounting & Finance, Venture Capital, Management Buy-outs, Private Equity, Public Policy to alleviate Finance Constraints
     
  • Lecturer Yannick Dillen (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)

    Expert in:  Strategic Risk Management, Business Growth, High-Growth Firms

Hans Crijns Sophie Manigart Yannick Dillen

− OR −

POP INTO one of the following hubs:

RESEARCH HUB
Enter the land of questions: we are all mad here, nobody has all the answers, but we will help you define the questions and create a process. 
 
Let's brainstorm together! 

VIDEO HUB

Experience our flexible, online learning tools − and our online MBA programme! − and discover how you can turn your great career into an exceptional one.

 
experience sessions

1:30 – 3:00 pm      Be inspired by a Vlerick Professor: Follow 1 of the following sessions

JUST TURBULENT TIMES, OR ALREADY A CORPORATE CRISIS?
Learning from GM’s bankruptcy

Every company faces strategic challenges − and some of those challenges might even accumulate into a strategic crisis. This often happens unnoticed, so that companies can suddenly find themselves in a profitability crisis − with decreasing sales, decreasing profits, and even initial losses. If companies do not respond sufficiently to such a situation, they might eventually find themselves in a more severe financial crisis, where even their further existence is at stake. How do companies respond to these different crisis phases? Very often, companies do not react early enough and, when they do react, they might already be very limited in their options and resources. So, it’s crucial to understand the different phases of a corporate crisis and the respective signals.   Using an integrated strategic and financial perspective, this session illustrates the development of such a corporate crisis via the case of General Motors, which had to file for bankruptcy in 2009.  

Martin Weiss (Assistant Professor of Strategy, Vlerick Business School)

Martin Weiss 

ADAPTIVE CAPABILITY GAME
The marketplace is changing and your organisation must keep up with continuous disruption. This requires special capabilities. There is no magic recipe. Each of us holds part of the answer. Your mission is to learn from each other to become ‘adaptation heroes’. Learning is your superpower. Be curious, listen to each other, and explore each question fully to come up with the best practices for thriving in this dynamic environment.

Carine Peeters (Professor of Entrepreneurship, Governance & Strategy, Vlerick Business School)

 Carine Peeters
FINANCE IN THE NEWS

Corporate Finance is headline news because what happens in the world of finance affects us all. From the value of currency, to our pensions and savings, even to how our future is shaped through technology. During this session, we will look at some key economic indicators and their impact on financial markets. We will also discuss some important recent financial transactions, like IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), bond issues, and large mergers and acquisitions. We will zoom in on the skyrocketing valuations that some high-tech start-ups are getting, and the ease with which these start-ups seem to be able to raise financing. Finally, we will touch upon ‘crowdfunding’ and how this might transform the world of corporate finance.  

Mathieu Luypaert (Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance, Vlerick Business School)

 Mathieu Luypaert

DESIGN THINKING
Design thinking is a popular method which is used for the creation of innovative products and services. In a highly interactive session, adj. professor Cédric Donck will talk about the main techniques of design thinking. You will get introduced to several methods such as idea generation and prototyping.

Cédric Donck (Adjunct Professor, Vlerick Business School)

 Cédric Donck

 
breaksessions

3:00 – 3:30 pm      Coffee and optional break sessions

Please be aware that some sessions take place at the same time or are filled-in on the first come first served principle (Meet & Speed up)

Pop into one of the following sessions during the coffee break:

ALUMNI FOR ALUMNI

Join our alumni who will share their passion and interesting story! They will open up about the difficulties they encountered: when the speed of development was quicker than their own speed and personal transformation was needed.

Stefan Lodewijckx (Enervalis)
Stefan Lodewijckx

MEET & SPEED UP  
Experiencing challenges or looking for feedback on your business or start-up idea? We offer sessions where you can ask your questions privately to Prof Hans Crijns or Prof Sophie Manigart or Lecturer Yannick Dillen: 

  • Prof. Hans Crijns (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)
    Expert in: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship policy, SME Management (Small & Medium-sized Enterprises), Business Planning, Entrepreneurial Venturing, Family Business
     
  •  Prof. Sophie Manigart (Accounting & Finance) 
    Expert in: Corporate Finance, Business Angels, Entrepreneurial Finance, Accounting & Finance, Venture Capital, Management Buy-outs, Private Equity, Public Policy to alleviate Finance Constraints
     
  • Lecturer Yannick Dillen (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)

    Expert in:  Strategic Risk Management, Business Growth, High-Growth Firms

Hans Crijns Sophie Manigart Yannick Dillen

− OR −

POP INTO one of the following hubs:

RESEARCH HUB

Enter the land of questions: we are all mad here, nobody has all the answers, but we will help you define the questions and create a process.

Let's brainstorm together!

VIDEO HUB

Experience our flexible, online learning tools − and discover how you can turn your great career into an exceptional one.

experience sessions

3:30 – 5:00 pm      Be inspired by a Vlerick professor: Follow 1 of the following sessions 

DIGITAL LEADERSHIP BOARD GAME
The Digital Leadership board game will challenge participants to position themselves and others as 1 of the 4 leadership types required for successful execution of Digital Transformation. We will explore how “Voyager, Vested, Vigilant and Visionary” leaders work together, connect ideas and people to develop opportunities and capabilities. But more importantly, how do they build on each other’s strengths and help to drive the organisation into the Digital era.

Bjorn Cumps (Professor Management Practice, Vlerick Business School)

 Bjorn Cumps
JUST TURBULENT TIMES, OR ALREADY A CORPORATE CRISIS?
Learning from GM’s bankruptcy

Every company faces strategic challenges − and some of those challenges might even accumulate into a strategic crisis. This often happens unnoticed, so that companies can suddenly find themselves in a profitability crisis − with decreasing sales, decreasing profits, and even initial losses. If companies do not respond sufficiently to such a situation, they might eventually find themselves in a more severe financial crisis, where even their further existence is at stake. How do companies respond to these different crisis phases? Very often, companies do not react early enough and, when they do react, they might already be very limited in their options and resources. So, it’s crucial to understand the different phases of a corporate crisis and the respective signals.   Using an integrated strategic and financial perspective, this session illustrates the development of such a corporate crisis via the case of General Motors, which had to file for bankruptcy in 2009.    

Martin Weiss (Assistant Professor of Strategy, Vlerick Business School)

 Martin Weiss

ADAPTIVE CAPABILITY GAME
The marketplace is changing and your organisation must keep up with continuous disruption. This requires special capabilities. There is no magic recipe. Each of us holds part of the answer.   Your mission is to learn from each other to become ‘adaptation heroes’. Learning is your superpower. Be curious, listen to each other, and explore each question fully to come up with the best practices for thriving in this dynamic environment.  

Carine Peeters (Professor of Entrepreneurship, Governance & Strategy, Vlerick Business School)  

 Carine Peeters

PRIVATE EQUITY - What is this Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition ?
Many aspiring leaders take conventional routes to the top in business: They get on a C-suite track at a large company, climb the ladder to partnership at a consulting or investment firm, or launch their own start-up. But there is another career path that has become increasingly popular in recent years: buying and running an existing operation—or what we call Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA). A record number of such transactions of this type have occurred all over the world…. Also in Belgium the ETA phenomenon is gaining traction

Vlerick is very active in this area…There is the Buy-Out Academy (7 evening sessions) which is every year fully booked. There is an elective covering this topic in the MBA programme, which is among the most popular electives.  And there is the annual “Buy Your Own Company Conference” which draws every year hundreds of interested prospects.

Hans Vanoorbeek (Adjunct Professor, Vlerick Business School)

 Hans Vanoorbeek

 
breaksessions

5:00 – 5:30 pm      Coffee and optional break sessions

Please be aware that some sesssions take place at the same time or are filled-in on the first come first served principle (Meet & Speed up)

Pop into one of the following sessions during the coffee break:

ALUMNI FOR ALUMNI

Join our alumni who will share their passion and interesting story! They will open up about the difficulties they encountered: when the speed of development was quicker than their own speed and personal transformation was needed.

Jürgen Degrande (Edgard & Cooper)
Jurgen Degrande

MEET & SPEED UP 

Experiencing challenges or looking for feedback on your business or start-up idea? We offer sessions where you can ask your questions privately to Prof Hans Crijns or Prof Sophie Manigart or Lecturer Yannick Dillen:

  • Prof. Hans Crijns (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)
    Expert in: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship policy, SME Management (Small & Medium-sized Enterprises), Business Planning, Entrepreneurial Venturing, Family Business
     
  •  Prof. Sophie Manigart (Accounting & Finance) 
    Expert in: Corporate Finance, Business Angels, Entrepreneurial Finance, Accounting & Finance, Venture Capital, Management Buy-outs, Private Equity, Public Policy to alleviate Finance Constraints
     
  • Lecturer Yannick Dillen (Entrepreneurship & Strategy)

    Expert in:  Strategic Risk Management, Business Growth, High-Growth Firms

Hans Crijns Sophie Manigart Yannick Dillen

 − OR −

POP INTO one of the following hubs:

RESEARCH HUB

Enter the land of questions: we are all mad here, nobody has all the answers, but we will help you define the questions and create a process.

Let's brainstorm together!

VIDEO HUB

Experience our flexible, online learning tools − and discover how you can turn your great career into an exceptional one.

 
keynote

5:30 – 6:30 pm      Forget your Industry: Managing Innovation in an Age of Digital Disruption

Digitization in B2B industry promises a wide array of opportunities for productivity gain and growth. To successfully capture the advantages offered by new technologies, many companies undergo a substantial re-design of their business model. However, in doing so, many leading businesses expose themselves to uncharted territory, where they often not only change from a product to a service logic but find themselves in a new competitive game as well. In this session, Professor Fredrik Hacklin will demonstrate how the implementation of a digital business model can evolve from strictly ’a means to an end’ into a new competitive game-changer. He will also discuss opportunities and challenges in mastering the strategic transition.

Fredrik Hacklin, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Vlerick Business School  

Robert Boute 

 
After this inspiring afternoon, you are invited − as our VIP guest (see below) − to the Global Alumni Winter Reunion at Brussels Expo. This event is free of charge. But if you wish to attend, please register beforehand.

Register via the "Enroll" button on the right-hand side.
  


 
keynote

Location: Brussels Expo (Paleis 10)

vip reception

6:30 – 7:30 pm: VIP Reception with our Partners, Homecomers and Platinum members

All alumni who participated in the Afternoon sessions on our Vlerick Campus Brussels are invited to join the VIP Reception and keynote speech by Edzard Overbeek for FREE.

 

homecoming

homecoming '3 and '8Get together with your fellow alumni at our Global Alumni Winter Reunion 2018 and Homecoming '3 & '8.

We wish to extend a very special welcome to our alumni who graduated in the years ´3 & ´8 (1953 - 1958 - 1963 - 1968 - 1973 - 1978 - 1983 - 1988 - 1993 - 1998 - 2003 - 2008 - 2013).

We invite them, along with all Platinum alumni members, to the VIP Reception (6:30 pm) before the start of the Keynote Speech (8:00 pm).

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keynotes

8:00 pm: Start show

OPENING KEYNOTE BY DEAN MARION DEBRUYNE

Prof Dr Marion Debruyne is Dean of Vlerick Business School. She holds a Civil Engineering degree and is Doctor in Applied Economics (Ghent University). She is also Master in Marketing (Vlerick Business School).

After obtaining a CIM fellowship she held positions as Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and Assistant Professor at the Goizueta Business School (Emory University).
Before her deanship professor Debruyne was Director for all Masters programmes as well as Academic Director of the Executive programme “Product Management”.

Marion is passionate about the strategic side of innovation and the innovative side of strategy. She helps companies think about how to respond to changing markets and escape commoditization by adapting their product line, marketing strategy and ultimately, their business model.

 

LOGISTICS AND MANUFACTURING IN THE DIGITAL AGE

A dialogue presentation between Vlerick Professors Ann Vereecke and Robert Boute on the past, present and future of operations and supply chains.

The past
For decades, people have been dreaming about autonomous equipment. Through the development of data platforms and integrated systems, the function of the ‘control tower’ has made its way into logistics.  

The present
Autonomous equipment is being put to use in a growing number of applications in today’s logistics and manufacturing. Some examples: drones cleaning chemical storage tanks; material handling vehicles in warehouses; self-driving trucks and vans; and many more. The IoT is also finding its way into our factories, with machines talking to each other in Industry 4.0. Practices in operations & supply chains have evolved from preventive, to predictive … and soon, prescriptive.  

The future
Logistics will be organised like the internet: shipments will choose their own routes, based on self-steering algorithms that use shared networks and big data. This digital transformation will allow us to make optimal use of logistic networks, which will lead to more efficient and sustainable transportation.  

Ann Vereecke 
 
Robert Boute
 

  

TRANSFORMATION INTO AN AGE OF COLLABORATION by keynote speaker
Edzard Overbeek

What to expect?
We’re entering the dawn of the digital era − where humankind and technology fundamentally reconfigure their relationship to empower every aspect of our environment. Transforming from ride-sharing to self-driving, from delivery to drone, from city-planning to thinking cities, from street maps to an index of reality, …

This era is called ‘the autonomous world’, and it’s blurring industry boundaries and disrupting existing business models. What needs to happen to enable this vision? What does it mean for competitors to work together? One company has been walking the talk:  HERE Technologies is on a transformational journey, as it has evolved from a traditional business model into a platform company that includes competitors as shareholders who join forces to create value.

Keynote speaker Mr. Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE Technologies, will enlighten and inspire over 1,500 Vlerick alumni as he presents ‘Transformation into an age of collaboration’.

Edzard Overbeek is CEO of HERE Technologies, an independent location cloud company that provides products, services and solutions in the fields of dynamic HD digital mapping, autonomous driving, and the Internet of Things (IoT). With extensive expertise in new digital business models, Edzard is a keen advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship and continuous change to drive value for customers, partners and governments around the world. Edzard holds an MBA degree from NIMBAS, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He has a unique background in both sales and technology, having joined HERE Technologies from Cisco where he was Strategic Advisor and responsible for the Global Services organisation with over $12 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees. Prior to Cisco, he held leadership positions in companies including Fujitsu and Siemens. Edzard is also a member of the supervisory board at Royal KPN. 

Edzard Overbeek

 

About HERE Technologies

HERE Technologies is an open location platform company, with global headquarters in Amsterdam, and over 7500 employees in locations in over 150 countries. The company provides products, services and solutions in the fields of dynamic HD digital mapping, autonomous driving, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to solve today's and tomorrow's use-cases to enhance results for companies, citizens and consumers in this exciting digital world.

HERE Technologies captures location content such as road networks, buildings, parks and traffic patterns. The company has maps available in nearly 200 countries, offers voice-guided navigation in 94 countries, provides live traffic information in 33 countries, and has indoor maps available for about 49,000 unique buildings in 45 countries.  

Majority-owned by a consortium of German automotive companies (Audi, BMW, and Daimler), HERE Technologies’ roots date back to U.S.-based Navteq in 1985, which was acquired by Finland-based Nokia in 2007.

More info at: www.here.com

Accreditations
& Rankings

Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times