Kurt Verweire

Prof Leonardo Meeus
Professor of Strategy and Corporate Affairs at Vlerick Business School

Leonardo is passionate about the relations between companies, stakeholders and government. He helps companies to gain competitive advantage by taking a broader perspective on strategy. He puts strategy into corporate affairs, and corporate affairs into strategy. He directs the Vlerick Energy Centre, one of the strategic focus areas in the School.
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 Digital Transformation 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. 
Fredrik Hacklin

Prof Fredrik Hacklin
Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School

Fredrik is specialized in strategic entrepreneurship and innovation, with particular focus on challenges associated with digital disruption, industry reconfiguration and their implications for firm strategy.
Smaranda Boros

Prof Smaranda Boros 
Associate Professor of Intercultural Management and Organisational Behaviour at Vlerick Business School

Smaranda is an accredited coach and academic who practices what she preaches by combining her theoretical and consulting knowledge with her own experiences gained on a cross-cultural professional path.
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.

Kerstin Fehre 

Kerstin Fehre is Professor of Strategy at Vlerick Business School and the Programme Director of the Masters in International Management and Strategy. Before joining Vlerick, she was an Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She earned her PhD at RWTH Aachen University and studied strategic management at Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) and at ESCP-EAP, Paris. Prior to her academic career, she combined her passion for strategy and corporate finance by working in the Mergers & Acquisitions departments of investment banks such as Bankhaus Metzler, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Edmond de Rothschild. Since joining academia, Kerstin has been working with companies as well as governmental ministries in the areas of strategy and corporate governance. Her main research interests lie in understanding strategic decision-making.

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.

Eliza Hochman Eliza Hochman  

I am CEO and co-founder of World of Insights, a company transforming corporate learning through engaging games. World of Insights specializes in participative corporate games, which blend card and board game features with simulation, video and online learning. I have led an international career as an entrepreneur and corporate learning expert. A thought leader on corporate learning, I am a visiting senior lecturer at HEC Paris and Henley Business School and work in close collaboration with Vlerick Business School.

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