Meet the Jury Members
Els Breugelmans, Professor of Marketing at KU Leuven
Els Breugelmans (PhD, University of Antwerp, 2005) is Professor of Marketing at KU Leuven, campus Antwerp, Faculty of Economics and Business. She is an expert in the domain of retailing, and does scientific research on a variety of retailing-related topics, including multi- and omni-channel shopping, loyalty programs and retailer-manufacturer relationships. She conducts rigorous and managerially relevant research, resulting in a win-win for her academic peers and collaborating companies. Her academic work has been published in major academic outlets such as Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Marketing Letters. She is also often consulted by media, to elucidate on retailing trends, from her academic perspective.
Damien Jacob, Head of RETIS - Professor in web strategies, e-Commerce and e-Business
Active for over 25 years in the field of ICT, Damien is an expert in e-commerce and e-marketing, certified "RENTIC" and "Fit4Digital". He heads the consulting firm RETIS. RETIS acts as a facilitator for the development of e-business projects for SMEs, starters and traders (both in Btoc and BtoB), acting as an "architect" of e-commerce projects (strategy and commercial development), being neutral in relation to service providers. He is also a lecturer and trainer in 4 high schools and universities in Belgium and France (e-commerce, e-marketing and digital law courses: www.prospectic.be ). He has published "e-commerce: Best Practices for Success" (Editions Edipro).
Benny Sintobin, Founder, Former CEO - Omni-channel & e-commerce Strategic Advisor for Global Brands and retailers
I love helping brands with their Journey from Wholesale Brand to Direct-to-Consumer Retailer. Founder Frucon.net is an end2end cross-border e-commerce specialist.
Michel Vermaerke, Managing Director Alio Consilio, Chairman Klarafestival (Festival of Flanders Brussels), former Finance, Banking and Telco senior Executive
Michel has been an Executive for more than 25 years in the world of finance, banking and telco. Successfully leading teams, organisations and projects around the transformation of industries, companies and functions has been at the core of his activities and competences. From 2005 till October 2017, he was CEO of Febelfin, the Belgian financial sector federation. Before (1996-2004), he was Secretary General, General Counsel and Head of the Staff functions at Belgacom (today Proximus); and prior to this telco experienced, he held similar functions at Cedel, today Clearstream, the international Clearing and Settlement Institution for internationally traded securities (1990-1996). Besides his business roles and responsibilities, he strongly believes in committing oneself for the common and greater good. As such, among other functions, he is the chairman of the classic music broadcast Klarafestival (since 2008), and since its inception 15 years ago, he is also independent board member of the Antwerp based Hospital Group, ZNA (Ziekenhuisnetwerk Antwerpen). Michel has also created his own consultancy firm, Alio Consilio offering alternative ways to find solutions for strategic, tactical, organizational or personnel challenges which organisations are facing in changing times. Amongst the Alio Consilio clients, one will find also new entrepreneurial so-called Fintech’s intending to offer innovative financial services solutions.
Clo Willaerts, Freelance Digital Marketing Expert
Author, consultant, speaker and trainer
Clo Willaerts (°1970) is a Belgian marketing professional with a large social media following and extensive experience in digital business (communities, streaming media, portals, social media, digital transformation) for the travel, finance, automotive, media and telco industry. Her popular technology blog has been a go-to resource since 2004. Now, after working almost twenty years as an internet and media professional, she travels around the world as a consultant, speaker and author.
A digital media virtuoso, Clo never tires of teaching and learning about digital technology and the impact it has on our daily lives. She frequently lectures in Belgium on social media, online privacy, digital marketing, artificial intelligence and future technologies at Karel de Grote College, EHSAL Management School and Odisee, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and UBA Academy.