Faculty

Kurt Verweire

Prof Leonardo Meeus
Associate Professor of Energy Markets at Vlerick Business School

Leonardo Meeus is the academic director of this programme and takes you on a deep dive into the EU Clean Energy Package and will cut through the red tape when it comes to Nonmarket Strategy. Previously, Leonardo was involved in setting up the first international electricity market on the European continent. He also studied electricity highways, which led him to Ireland to work for a project developer. He gained expertise on infrastructure regulation by working with the relevant authorities in Ireland and the UK. He subsequently joined the Florence School of Regulation where he broadened his knowledge of regulatory affairs. In Florence, he still teaches in the international programmes for energy regulators and he advises European Institutions on diverse energy policy issues. In 2012, he joined Vlerick Business School to support the development of managers that can shape the energy system of the future.
Barney Jordaan

Prof Barney Jordaan 
Professor of Conflict Management & Negotiation at Vlerick Business School

Barney is a South-African negotiation, mediation, dispute and conflict resolution specialist. He has worked with many global organisations – and teaches negotiation skills and conflict resolution. Barney is a certified mediator with the ADR Grp (UK), IMI (The Netherlands) and CEDR (UK), and he has served as external consultant to the World Bank.
Stijn Viaene

Prof Stijn Viaene
Professor of Information Systems Management & Data Analytics at Vlerick Business School

Stijn is passionate about what it means to successfully create a digital enterprise, capturing the value that comes with the use of novel technological advances such as big data, analytics, social media, mobile computing, and the cloud. The two business research initiatives he developed − Centre for Excellence BPM Network and Centre for Excellence Enterprise Architecture Management − contribute to a significantly better practical and academic understanding of what it means to make optimal use of IT in a contemporary organisational context. 
Daniel Dobbeni Daniel Dobbeni 

Daniel Dobbeni is one of the executive coaches in the programme you can spar with! Daniel started his career in nuclear engineering. He moved to chief technology officer for Research & Development focused on power generation. Since 1996 he is involved in the electricity transmission business where he became Chief Operation Officer of Elia System Operator SA in charge of the Belgian customer services, control centres, European regulation and grid codes. From 2003 to 2012, he was CEO and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Elia Group. Following the acquisition of 50Hertz (Germany) in 2010 he was chairman of the board of Eurogrid International SA (till 2013) and became Chairman of the board of 50Hertz. Since the very start of the energy centre, Daniel has been Executive in Residence at Vlerick Business School. In his role he is chairman of the advisory board of the Centre for Energy Management. With his experience he helps the school in building the Energy platform and since a couple of years he has been a sparring partner for professor Meeus in building a credible platform and network in Energy.

Fredrik Hacklin

Fredrik will take you on his favorite mission, a brainstorm and discussion on one of the biggest challenges incumbent companies face: how can we innovate, whilst having a legacy? Fredrik  is a passionate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Managing Director of the Corporate Innovation Lab. He further serves as Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich. Previously, he was a Fellow at Harvard University and a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&, PwC). He has held visiting positions at Stanford University, Imperial College Business School, ESMT Berlin, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Aalto University.

Ian Smyth
Ian Smyth is not only the host of the first module, he will also enlighten you with his testimonial on how UKPN is developing new business models and succeeds in creating a whole new playfield! Ian joined UK Power Networks as Director in August 2016, to lead the commercial division called UK Power Networks Services. For 20+ years, Ian has worked with leading utilities, governments and regulators in global energy markets. His expertise is in transforming utilities to adapt to and commercialise evolving energy systems, new technologies and smarter networks. Ian has a solid track record of delivering improved financial performance and growth through developing and executing strategies, exploiting new technologies and leading power market development. He has experience using advanced analytics to improve utility operations. Prior to joining UK Power Networks Services Ian was a Managing Director at Navigant, a Partner with LCP and a consultant with Ernst & Young. Ian has a BA(Hons) and an MSc in philosophy, psychology, statistics and artificial intelligence.

Pallas Agterberg Pallas Agterberg 

Director Strategy at Alliander, the Dutch DSO, will give you a completely different view on business model innovation and share her story at Alliander. This visionary leader invites you for an informal session in which she discloses her personal thoughts, experiences and challenges you to think outside of the box!

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