André Knaepen
CEO Cegeka

André Knaepen, in the distant past an aspirant pilot, has over the years built one of Belgium's largest IT service companies. Since the 1992 management buyout of the IT services activities of Cegeka Datacenter, he has seen Cegeka grow from an SME with 30 people to a giant with more than 1,500 employees and a turnover of 155 million euros. This year, that growth was put in the spotlight again with the opening of new offices in Hasselt, and Cegeka continues to expand geographically. Since the majority interest in NSI, Cegeka is located south of the linguistic border. With the acquisition of the Ghent-based A.N.E., a branch in Romania has also been added. In the Netherlands, DataBalk was finally integrated and renamed Cegeka Netherlands. Cegeka is enjoying success, including several good contracts with insurer Delta Lloyd Life and MSC. In the home province of Limburg, Cegeka was last year put in the spotlight when it was awarded the Ambiorix Prize 2010 by employers' organisation VKW Limburg, which rewards good entrepreneurship. The fact that KRC Genk football club is currently doing well again, will surely be the icing on the cake for Knaepen and his wife Sonja.

Alain De Taeye
Member of the management board TomTom

A good idea and perseverance, those are the foundations of Alain De Taeye’s (53) success. Today, he is on the management board of gps-vendor TomTom, responsible for strategy and business development. With electronic maps an accepted part of today’s modern life, things were quite different in the eighties of last century, when Alain De Taeye finished his studies of civil engineer/architect. After a stint as assistant to a professor at the University of Ghent, they together founded a company, Informatics and Management Consultants, with a view of developing maps. In 1988, De Taeye was fundamental to the success of Tele Atlas, when his company became its Belgian branch. Founded only a couple of years earlier in the Netherlands, Tele Atlas itself focused on the creation of geographical databeses for GIS-applications and geolocation services, as well as electronic maps. De Taeye and his team proved to be much better and more cost effective at this, resulting in what was for all practical purposes a takeover of the Dutch operation. Succesfully! In 2007, this led to a takeover bid by Dutch gps-vendor TomTom, finalised in 2008. So clearly Alain De Taeye played a pivotal role in the creation of a world leading company in a booming IT market segment!

Toon Coppens
CTO & co-founder Netlog

Admittedly, it is not an easy period for the co-founder and CTO of Netlog. The Belgian version of Facebook seems to have peaked and has had to give up its position in our country. But there is more to Netlog than its old home market The platform continues to grow in Southern Europe, Turkey and the Arab countries. It currently has some 80 million members in 37 countries, a doubling in two years’ time. We are therefore rightfully proud of Netlog. Toon Coppens’ (29) company serves as an example for the Belgian IT world. The young father’s story is well known by now. Toon Coppens was tired of having to introduce himself at the start of every online chat session. Unsuspectingly, he designed his own application (, with which users could create a profile: the forerunner of Netlog was born. The latest feat of Coppens and co. is the creation of the online media group Massive Media, where the different brands of the company are housed. Besides Netlog, this includes for example the gaming platform Gatcha! Incidentally, this same Gatcha! will soon open an office in New York, while Netlog is spreading its wings in Dubai. So perhaps we should wait just a bit before writing off our heroes...

Sophie Vandebroek
Xerox CTO & president Xerox Innovation Group

No high tech company has smashed the ‘glass ceiling’ barrier for women in their climb to the top as thouroughly as Xerox. A beneficiary of this action, Sophie Vandebroek continues this tradition today as chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. Thus was Xerox’ newest researchfacility – the India Innovation Hub in Chennai – officially launched in 2010 with Meera Sampath – one of Xerox’ ‘women leaders in science & engineering – as its director. Responsible for all Xerox researchcenters worldwide – including the renowned PARC in Palo Alto – since 2006, she holds the future of Xerox in her hands. Previously, she moved up through the company ranks, from laboratory manager to chief engineer of Xerox Corp. In this function, she oversaw the refreshment of more than 95 procent of all Xerox office products. Before joining Xerox, Vandebroek worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson research facility. As a KULeuven (and IMEC) alumna, she earned a prestigious Fullbright Fellowship and boldly went to the USA, resulting in a doctorate from the Cornell University. Small wonder, as “Don’t be afraid” is her guiding principle, while reading the Chinese character for ‘crisis’ as the combination of the signs for ‘danger’ and ‘new opportunities’!

Saskia Van Uffelen
CEO Bull Belux

Taking over as CEO of Bull Belux means taking over the reins of a company with a glorious past. Over the past three years in this function, Saskia Van Uffelen in turn has already lived up to Bull Belux’ 70-year history. But her respect for this past does not prevent her from clearly putting the company on the right track for the future in terms of its target markets, its internal expertise and use of the available resources. When the Bull group presented its BullWay strategy 2011-2013 in early December, based on 4 key points – growth, ambition, competitiveness and agility – there was no mistaking the strategy applied by Saskia Van Uffelen since taking up her function. She targets markets (with the necessary investments), where Bull is not traditionally active. High performance computing (i.e. super computers) is one of these, especially given that at present Flanders and Wallonia are preparing projects in this area. An agreement has been concluded with NRB on a Mainframe Academy and the hosting of the Gcos-based mainframes, giving the corporate end users complete peace of mind as far as heritage is concerned. To keep her finger on the pulse, Van Uffelen is also backing social media for a better internal communication. She therefore more than deserves her place on this list, especially considering her parallel role as a mother of five.

Pierre Lhoest

In 1994, architect Pierre Lhoest founded, together with Laurent Minguet and Michel Counson, the company EVS, which specialises in digital video recorders with hard drives. Success came quickly when the company won the contract for the '96 Atlanta Olympic Games. Sports thus became the main showcase for the company, which generates 60% of its turnover in the euro zone, compared with 25% in America and 15% in Asia. In '98 this was followed by stock market flotation (the company would go on to become the darling of stock market speculators over the following ten years). In 2004, Minguet founded subsidiary XDC, which first focused on the digitisation of cinemas, and then on sustainable development. Today the company has 300 employees (including 200 in Liège). After 2009, a year that we would rather forget (a 31% turnover decrease and a decrease in net income), the company closed 2010 with a turnover of 111.2 million euros - an increase of 45.2%. Net income within the group was 38.1 million euros, or 25.4%, while staff increased by 33%. The company believes it can profit from the recovery of the economy this year, even though no major events will take place (it is an odd year). The company will invest in expansion into new markets and innovation. ESS will focus on London2012 and sporting events in the emerging countries. Lhoest also has a passion for off-piste skiing.

Pierre Dumont
Managing Director Dimension Data Belux

He is disarmingly spontaneous, direct and up front. Pierre Dumont (44) knows the market for network integrators like no other. He has worked at Dimension Data in Evere for 20 years. Originally launched under the name Comtech, the company was taken over by the South African group and is now in the hands of the Japanese telecom giant, NTT. This has led to an acceleration in cloud computing and has opened the doors for Japanese multinationals. In recent years, Pierre Dumont managed to transform the integrator from a small Brussels-based Francophone company into one of the top players in Belgium. Including Luxembourg, he is responsible for a turnover of 200 million euros and 500 employees. This year too, some 45 employees will be recruited in networking, storage, security, telephony and unified communications. In his youth, Pierre Dumont played piano for fifteen years, but he can be very tough in negotiations. Not surprisingly, the Namur-based father of two sons (15 and 7 years old) is a constant presence in the top 25.

Philippe Rogge
General Manager Microsoft Belux

Things moved very fast for Philippe Rogge last year. In February he left Option, where in 2008 he had taken up the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer – essentially the number two. In mid July, Rogge succeeded Ludo Wijckmans as Sales Director for large companies and partners at Microsoft. When Phillip Vandervoort left Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg shortly thereafter for the attractive position of COO in Latin America, Philippe Rogge entered the picture. Since February of this year, Rogge has been General Manager of Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg. He began his career as an IT developer and project manager at Esso. At CMB he subsequently took on responsibilities that included IT & Telecom. He spent eight years at Belgacom, responsible for various areas and acquiring additional experience until he ultimately became VP Business Development & Strategy Enterprise. Philippe has a Master’s degree in business economics from the University of Ghent, and followed management training at INSEAD and the Vlerick Management School. He is also an avid sailor and was the Belgian delegate to the 2008 Olympic Games. He combines his organisational skills with his passion for sports as a member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC).

Michel Akkermans
Chairman & CEO Clear2Pay

Michel Akkermans has been one of the most important ICT entrepreneurs in the country - with international credentials - for over 20 years. Indeed, the civil engineer and economist founded FICS in 1989, which merged with several other companies ten years later to become the world’s largest Internet banking company, S1. He was then approached to help set up Clear2Pay, which builds software for the financial sector. To date he has spent around ten successful years at the head of that company. In the thick of the crisis, Clear2Pay accounted for one of the largest European capital rounds at the time - 50 million euros. Clear2Pay has customers in almost all major banking institutions in the world, including the Federal Reserve. Akkermans' qualities are fully recognised in the industry. In 2010, RealDolmen proposed that he become chairman of the group. He is also director of the listed Privak Quest for Growth, of ICT Services Company Approach, start-up Enqio and Agfa-Gevaert. He was director of Gemplus (now Gemalto), Capco and the U.S. company Proficient. Akkermans also advises VCs such as GIMV ICT, Big Bang Ventures and Hummingbird.

Marc De Groote
CEO Callataÿ & Wouters

Callataÿ & Wouters focuses on the banking sector and specialises in the distribution of software packages for core banking. The company offers a pool of service expertise and enters into both technology and implementation partnerships, but also partnerships with specialist publishers (e.g. for reporting). For example, in recent years the company concluded agreements with SAP and IBM, but also with Mainsys, Logica, HCL and Capgemini. Turnover (almost 70 million euros) and staff (approximately 500 employees) remain practically stable, while the company is planning to recruit more people. In 2010, the company concluded 11 new deals in Belgium and internationally. The company is also proud that its position among the leaders of the magic quadrant ‘International Retail Core Banking’ of Gartner has strengthened. Marc De Groote, who succeeded co-founder Didier de Callataÿ as head of the company at the end of 2007, provides continuity and cherishes the ambition to grow as part of an industrial project. "The success of the company is the result of teamwork."

Kristof De Spiegeleer
CEO Incubaid

The Ghent-born engineer Kristof De Spiegeleer has made a career of starting up companies. The number of ‘exits’ he has to his name, over a period of barely 10 years, is impressive. Since 2000, he has founded the likes of hosting specialists Dedigate and Hostbasket, followed by Datacenter Technologies (DCT), Virtualbox and Q-Layer. DCT was soon sold to Symantec (Veritas), followed shortly afterwards by the sale of Dedigate to the American Terremark. In 2008, Telenet took over Hostbasket. Finally, in 2008 and 2009 respectively, Virtualbox and Q-Layer were acquired by Sun. De Spiegeleers’ passion for business has now focused on a company named Incubaid. His 'incubator' saw the launch of specialists in data centre technology Amplidata, Racktivity, A-Server and Dacentec. Boatomatic may incidentally also be included in the list – more of a hobby of De Spiegeleer that got out of hand - specialising in boat automation, often based on the data centre technology of the other start-ups. Incubaid also collaborates with an Indian partner and now has an Egyptian branch that mainly operates in the tourism sector (including rental of boats and villas).

Jean-Claude Vandenbossch
Executive Vice President & General Manager Getronics Belux

The (Belgian) ICT world has no secrets for Vandenbosch, who makes contacts easily and already has a world of experience as CEO: hardware manufacture at HP (where he was the youngest CEO in the country), telecom with KPN Orange, now Base (where he launched the mobile phone brand, Orange) and Belgacom Wireline (where he implemented the rebranding and transformation programme BeST, from operator of fixed telephony to Internet service provider). This was followed by Getronics ICT services, of which he has been CEO since May 2004, with a temporary post at the head of France and an office as Executive Vice President of the Group. This Doctor of Educational Sciences also has experience in different types of management: American, Anglo-Saxon, Belgian and now Dutch, as well as in different types of organisations (private and institutional). He always sees opportunities for transforming the company for which he is responsible. In 2010, Vandenbosch was appointed as member of the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres en des Beaux-Arts, Classe Technologie et Société. He sets high standards for himself and others and finds that "action is measured by results”. He practices sports (jogging, golf, cycling) and is not yet ready to end his long career, since his passion is as strong as it was when he started.

Jan Valcke
President and coo Vasco Data Security Int.

Vasco keeps Belgium at the forefront of the worldwide strong authentication market and that is in no small measure the merit of Jan Valcke. Renowned for its Digipass products with banking customers worldwide, securing on line transactions with strong authentication, the company had its customerbase significantly expanded by Jan Valcke in the past couple of years. Strong identification of users (and the management of related access and user privileges) gains in importance in companies and represents a fast growing market opportunity for Vasco. But also ‘on line’gaming sites, as well as mobile systems and smartphones are fertile marketsegments. Particularly smartphones offer great opportunities, as increasingly those devices are used for paymente and transaction purposes. Recently, Vasco also announced that the Digipass technology can make use of Intel’s Identity Protection technology in the ‘2nd generation Intel Core’ processors. This allows for strong authentication services in the background, without the need of installing elements on the enduser devices. Clearly, Vasco and Valcke are not yet at the end of their ideas for more and stronger security.

Jan Callewaert
CEO Option

A stubborn West Fleming succeeded in challenging and subsequently winning a Chinese giant like Huawei. Option’s Jan Callewaert is a headstrong person who, since 1987, has carried the load as specialist in wireless communication. In 2000, the company received the Data News Award for Excellence as ‘Innovative Company of the Year’. Five years later, Callewaert became Trends Manager of the year. Option has witnessed turbulent years and the Kortrijk-born Callewaert had to fight with might and main against the Chinese invasion. His complaint against anticompetitive practices was taken up by the European Commission. In October last year, however, Huawei embraced Option with a 27 million Euro licensing agreement, which was recently increased by a further 11 million euros. This will enable philosopher and IT man Jan Callewaert’s company to continue focusing on innovation and new technology. Furthermore, he simultaneously became chairman and chief sponsor of the OHL Leuven football club, which will hopefully achieve high Option peak scores again.

Ingrid De Latte
Managing Director NextiraOne Benelux

By late March, the 52-year-old Ingrid De Latte will have spent exactly six years at the head of Benelux NextiraOne, a network integrator with 280 employees and a turnover of around 64 million euros. Last year she was chosen as the Data News ‘ICT Woman of the Year’: recognition of a lively career. After studying applied sciences, De Latte joined Rank Xerox, but moved to Kodak one year later, where she made it as far as Marketing Director. She spent 16 years there. During the liberalisation of the telecom market in '98, she was recruited by Belgacom, but two years later moved to a competitor, the Dutch KPN. In 2001, she was able to successfully push through a major reorganisation at Avaya. That gave her the encouragement to put NextiraOne on the right track as well. That step was a significant risk. Horse enthusiast Ingrid De Latte sets the bar high and, as a true salesperson, knows how to motivate and manage her staff.

Geert Van Peteghem
General Manager EMC Belux

Geert Van Peteghem has been head of the Belux subsidiary of EMC for the past six years and completed the fiscal year 2010 with results that are close to the historical record of 2008, while EMC's market share is constantly increasing. Growth is mainly driven by new product announcements (including Symmetrix VMAX) and acquisitions that have opened new market segments. The workforce is gradually increasing and the company now has 146 employees in Belgium, 31 in Luxembourg and 24 employees at VMware. Sales were sustained particularly in GRC software (governance, risk and compliance) and safety (RSA). Sales of back-ups have doubled, thanks to the acquisition of Data Domain. Document management also had an excellent year with Documentum. Sales to SMEs rose by 20%, while health, finance, public sector and energy sectors were the most promising. For 2011, growth should mainly come from the middle segment, with the new VNX VNXe products. His management style is characterised by a sense of teamwork and compromise, and an ongoing dialogue with customers. In addition, he has time for his family, sports and photography.

Eric Van Zele
President and ceo Barco

When becoming president and ceo of Barco in 2009, Eric Van Zele had his work cut out for him. The worldwide economic turmoil had severely impacted the high-tech company in West Flanders, requiring immediate measures to improve its profitability. With succes, as Barco closed its fiscal year 2010 with a net net income of 43,6 million euro on sales of 847 million euro, compared to a loss of 60 million euro the year before. Splendid results, clearly building on his experience as president and ceo of Pauwels Trafo. In a short period of time, Van Zele transformed this money losing company into a takeover prospect for Compton Greaves Power, from India, becoming the ceo of this company. Before that, he was handpicked by John Cordier to transform Telindus from a distributor of products into a provider of integrated solutions, but his passage was cut short, amongst other reasons because of the untimely death of John Cordier. This doesn’t make van Zele into a compulsive jobhopper, as is overwhelmingly demonstrated by his career of 27 years at Raychem. He joined this company as a newly graduated engineer from the Katholieke Hogeschool in Leuven, progressing to become a vice-president. Van Zele was one of the signatories of the ‘open letter’ by ‘Bedrijf en Samenleving’, though not a member of this group of 20 topmanagers, to prime minister Leterme, demanding a ‘sustainable’ budget to be voted in parliament.

Eric Van Bael
Country Manager HP

Eric Van Bael, Country Manager at HP Belux since November 2009, started his career over 20 years ago at what was then Kredietbank. Immediately after the start-up of EDS however, he went to work there as a systems engineer in 1985. He subsequently went to the United Kingdom and Germany to take on a number of European management tasks over a period of six years. The most important of these were connected to the large-scale modernisation which GM Europe was undergoing at the time. In 1994, he returned to Belgium in order to, based on his experience, manage the Opel Belgium account, later becoming European Plant Systems Manager for GM Europe. In 1999, he became responsible for the government, telecom and industrial sector at EDS Belgium. He made quite an impression with the ICT outsourcing contract of the Flemish Government in 2003, working his way up to Managing Director. With the finalisation of the takeover of EDS by Hewlett-Packard on November 1 2009, Eric Van Bael took the role of Country Manager HP upon himself.
Eric Van Bael is also very active outside his busy job. He sits on the Board of the likes of Finodis, ADM, and Voka. Eric Van Bael has two children and is not averse to active sports such as windsurfing, golf, skiing or jogging.

Duco Sickinghe
CEO Telenet

Duco Sickinghe made newspaper headlines in September 2010, when he was rumoured as the new CEO of the Dutch KPN group. He nevertheless opted for Telenet, where he has been in charge for about 10 years. Duco Sickinghe is known as a workaholic who does not give his management a moment’s rest. Many leading figures spend only a few years at the company. Sickinghe has however succeeded in putting the cable operator (a term he hates) on the map in Flanders with a range of digital TV, broadband, fixed and mobile telephony. The Dutchman studied law and began his career at HP in Switzerland. He also spent some time working for Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer. This is possibly where he acquired his urge to innovate. The Yelo project is testament to that, a 'dark engineering project’ to which he, after three months, gave the ‘amber’ light and placed in the market. Duco Sickinghe remains indefatigable and is certainly enthusiastic about the further expansion of the mobile offer, thanks to the fourth license and possible acquisitions in the near future.

Dries Buytaert
Founder & CTO Acquia

Three hundred and twenty parties were organised at the launch of Drupal 7, in 120 different countries. That really should say it all. Since it became known that the White House switched to our compatriot’s content management, things have accelerated. It is believed that globally - depending on the source – one to three percent of all websites are running Drupal. An incredible achievement. As a result, Acquia, the American services company affiliated with Drupal that Dries Buytaert (32) founded three years ago, collected a total of $ 23,500,000 from various venture capitalists. What is the recipe for success, beyond the fact that Drupal is open source? "Companies like Joomla and WordPress provide turnkey solutions, but the Drupal framework allows for a much broader application," explains the U.S.-based Fleming. "From intranets with hundreds of thousands of users to e-commerce sites and e-learning tools: the possibilities are endless.” Incidentally, one of the largest websites in the world will soon switch to Drupal. It would therefore appear that we are going to hear a lot about Buytaert and co. in 2011. "The speed at which our 'community' innovates is in any case not comparable with the rate of innovation within a traditional company."

Chantal De Vrieze
Country manager Econocom Benelux

Chairperson of Agora ICT since the middle of last year and recently appointed at the helm of Econocom Benelux, 49-year old Chantal De Vrieze is forging quite a career for herself. « We have almost completed the integration of Econocom’s Belgian activities. Our sights are now set on the Netherlands, where we also want to introduce distribution and managed services, » she says. She was already the serving country manager of Econocom Belgium since July 2008 at the head of around 850 employees. And yet, De Vrieze has no educational background in ICT but is a law graduate from the University of Gent. « There are therefore quite a few opportunities even for those who haven’t studied IT, » she adds. Improving the image of ICT among young people is one of the priorities of Agoria ICT. Chantal De Vrieze started her career as marketing manager with Agfa in 1984. Twelve years later, she joined the leasing department of Breda as sales manager for ICT office equipment. Once of her large accounts was Econocom, which appointed her in 2001 as sales manager Financial Services. Her perseverance in her work and strategic vision propelled her to the position of managing director in 2004 and to her current role as country manager Benelux.

Bruno Segers
CEO RealDolmen

Bruno Segers is known in the industry as someone who dares to take chances. The industrial engineer started his career in 1983 as an analyst programmer at Hessenatie, and worked successively at Ebes-Interescaut, Agfa-Gevaert, Digital Equipment and Oracle, eventually ending up at Lotus. Following the acquisition of Lotus by IBM, he held various management positions at the company until 2000. After working as EMEA boss for another half a year at Merant, he was recruited by Microsoft Belux. In this capacity too, he took risks, perhaps a bit too much, because in September 2006 he was thanked for services rendered. A year later he went to work as Chief Operating Officer at Real. In the run-up to the merger with Dolmen, Segers ultimately became CEO. RealDolmen achieved a turnover of 265 million euros in 2009. In recent years, the crisis firmly cut into the performance of the business, but, thanks to a series of cost cuttings, RealDolmen seems to be back on track. In the third quarter of fiscal year 2010-2011, sales were 5.5 percent higher than the same period in 2009-2010. Over the first nine months of the year, the company achieved growth of 3 percent.

Benoit Scheen
CEO Mobistar

The tall Liege-born Benoit Scheen became the first Belgian CEO of Belgian mobile operator Mobistar in January 2008. He was the perfect match for main shareholder France Telecom. Scheen had previously spent two years as Commercial Director at Mobistar. Today he leads a company with a turnover of 1.66 billion euros, the most important ICT player in Belgium after Belgacom. The 44-year-old motorcycle enthusiast studied computer science in Namur, followed by a year working at IBM, moving to Compaq in 1992, where he rose to Sales Manager. With its acquisition by HP in 2002, he became responsible for the PC business in 12 countries. Having grown tired of travelling, he became Managing Director of HP Belux in 2004.
At Mobistar he was able to work on the exclusive sale of the iPhone and stuck his neck out with the offer of digital satellite. Incidentally, he also took over the business operations of Versatel. Challenges for this year are undoubtedly the Brussels IRIS file and the development of 4G business.

Bart Van Den Meersche
Executive Vice President EBU Belgacom

It was a shock to many when Bart Van Den Meersche’s departure from IBM was announced He was after all employed there for 28 years, since 2001 as Country Manager of IBM Belgium and Luxembourg. In April last year, he was even promoted to Vice President for industries & business development for Southwest Europe. Since early this year, he has however been employed at Belgacom. He succeeded Michel De Coster as Executive Vice President of the Belgacom Enterprise Unit. Van Den Meersche is one of the biggest players at Belgacom, responsible for more than 5,000 employees and a turnover of 2.5 billion euros.
The 53-year old Van Den Meersche is a familiar face in the IT sector. His career really got going in 1994 when he signed a seven-year contract with Kraft Foods, one of the first outsourcing deals that have nowadays become common practice. A few years later, he was tasked with managing the 'strategic outsourcing' department at IBM, and a year later he became 'Director Strategic Outsourcing & Integrated Services'. Van Den Meersche will be able to utilise that experience in his new position at Belgacom EBU. Van Den Meersche is a true networker, both internally, where he likes knowing as many people by name as possible, and externally. He is married with three children.

Bart Decrem
Senior Vice President

mobile games Disney When Steve Jobs returned to the scene two years ago, Bart Decrem (43) had the opportunity of presenting the game Riddim Racer at his side. This just goes to show that the Dilbeek-born Decrem is a welcome guest in Silicon Valley. The man behind Tap Tap Revenge (an iPhone game where you strum along to the rhythm of pop tunes) is even popular among major labels, who are obtaining new revenue thanks to him. In 2010, Decrem sold his software company Tapulous to Disney, where he was promptly assigned a key position. Bart Decrem is a determined fellow. At the age of 13, he was already playing music for a pirate radio station in Brussels. Three years later, he was expelled from school. After studying at the University of Brussels, he went to Stanford University with a visa to study law. It was there that he came up with the 'Plugged In' initiative, which teaches teenagers how to use the Internet. In 2000, he spent one and a half years in South Korea, where he founded an Internet company. “As a teenager I wanted to play the drums, but I had no talent”, he explains. “I wanted to be a DJ at the radio station, but I could not mix. I work in IT, although I cannot program. But I'm enterprising and go my own way.”

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