I thrive when I learn and experience new things. I relish new insights and love inspiring people with them. I enjoy putting new ideas into practice by experimenting, innovating and creating a positive impact with others. My core values are innovation, learning, reflection, humility, justice, reliability, trust, and autonomy.
Over the years, I ran a small web development business from my teenage bedroom that inexplicably not led me to study computer science at university, started and abandoned more hobbies than I can count, both completely transformed and future-proofed a government agency as well as demerged it three years later, spent entirely too much money on all sorts of collectibles I then got bored of, and wrote over 500 articles for self-published websites that I later took offline.
It’s fair to say then that I exhibit a sort of unintended phoenix-like behaviour, continually adjusting and re-inventing myself. As such, I’m at my best when my imagination can run wild and when I can create new things or build systems.
My hobbies and interests
Many things peak my interest or outright fascinate me, but here you can find the ones that do so the most or have been long-time hobbies of mine. Even though my passion for them waxes and wanes, I always find my way back to them.
I love video games. Specifically I enjoy role-playing games, turn-based strategy games, and games steeped in a deep, immersive story. Most of the games I play are singleplayer, but I delight in cooperative games too. My favourites are the Souls series, the Divinity Original Sin series, and the empire-builder Civilization. More…
My passion for video games also translates beautifully to the tabletop. To me, hardly anything beats the dynamic of a group of people huddled around a board game. My favourite games to date are Arkham Horror the Card Game, Brass: Birmingham, and Gloomhaven. I’m also an avid D&D player. More…
As long as I can remember, reading has been one of my go-to activities. I get a kick out of a well-written book that completely opens my mind to new possibilities or insights. One of my most impactful reads are the Incerto books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, of which The Black Swan is probably the most well-known.
A sunny day out on the bike is the perfect adrenaline and endorfine shot to me. I like going fast on the road, but also revel in a technical ride in the forest. My most cherished experiences on two wheels are a ride up Mont Ventoux, and my late-summer night rides on the local trails.
Even though I was often taunted as a child for having two left hands, I did pick up an interest in more creative activities, such as woodworking, 3D printing, and miniature crafting and painting. And of course, like most male adults, a child-like passion for LEGO remains too.
Computers and new technology have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My childhood room was always filled to the brim with PC components, and I usually was and still am one the first people to own brand-new tech. I’m also the go-to guy for most of my friends when their computers or home network crap out.
My key talents
Even though I enjoy a wide variety of activities and love doing new things, I have developed a few major talents and skills over the years. The four domains below are competency areas where I feel at my best and where friends an colleagues have asked me for help or have explicitly valued my take or contribution.
Visionary leadership, conceptual thinking, future-oriented, critical thinking, and analytical decision-making.
Creativite thinking and innovation
Highly adaptable, change management, developing original ideas, business and organization modeling.
Overview and coordination
Systematic thinking, prioritizing, long-term planning, decisive, and stimulating cross-functional collaboration.
Communication and management
Coaching, persuading, negotiating, presenting, promoting values, active listening, building consensus, and writing.
Department for Work and Social Economy
Director General Services
Managing the division (140 people) responsible for the budget (4.3bln euros) and financial strategy, HR, ICT, internal and external communication, and business and organizational development. Responsible for the strategic agenda of the department as a member of the board of directors.
Director Dual Learning and Sectors
Managing the division responsible for the apprenticeship policy and dual learning track in secondary and adult education in Flanders, and for negotiating lifelong learning, anti-discrimination and inclusion policies with all industries and economic sectors in Flanders.
Flemish Agency for Entrepreneurial Training
Director General Services
Accountable for the financial, HR and communication strategies, and for IT, legal and facility support. As a member of the executive board of directors responsible for long-term strategic planning. From 2019 onward, responsible for the liquidation and demerger of the agency.
Team Lead Financial and Horizontal Policies
Responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic coordination of the financial and facility teams.
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Bachelor of Philosophy
Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives
Master of Science in Public Management and Policy
Master in Business Communication (English and French)
Bachelor in Linguistics and Literature (Dutch and English)