On Thursday 29 April 2021, the Faculty of Business and Economics hosted its first ever online edition of the Business Update session ‘Why sustainability is inevitable?’. The general consensus of the evening was not that we should ask ourselves if and why sustainability is inevitable, but that it simply already is! Stakeholder expectations are high, and sustainability is key for all businesses to create added-value and to ensure long-term success.
Philippe Van Gerwen, alumnus Business Engineering: Management Information Systems is part of the MUN Society Belgium (MSB). Recently, he participated in the Harvard World Model United Nations (MUN), and, together with his team, won the Best Large Delegation award.
Alexis Soulopoulos founded Mad Paws, Australia’s leading
pet sitting community. The Sydney-based start-up has over 20,000 approved sitters and 500.000 pets on its books. Given the way he handled the coronacrisis, The CEO Magazine named him Young Executive of the Year. In 2019, Alexis was also listed in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia.
For Kamal Kharmach – alumnus, lecturer, entrepreneur and stand-up comedian, humor is crucial in corona times: “Laughing gives us a sense of control, it’s an expression of a healthy society that can put things into perspective”.
Sustalab, short for sustainability lab, is a learning, leadership and consultancy for good initiative. The dynamic team of students and alumni use hands-on management methods and self-developed tools to facilitate sustainable change among companies, sector federations and the Flemish government.
“In a management role, it comes down to combining a good set of brains with a good set of social skills”
Alumnus Philip Alliet is CEO of AON Belgium & Luxembourg. Philip was recently elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (AmCham Belgium), as first non-American.
What do Jan, Sören and Lien have in common? All three are alumni Business Engineering: Management Information Systems at the University of Antwerp. All three work at The Master Labs. But they have very different jobs.
Economic Policy alumna Isabelle Cammaert works as an Attache in Human Resources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this Q&A vlog, she explains what she does on a day-to-day basis, why she chose to do her Master’s in English and what achievement she’s most proud of.
Pieter Uytterlinde obtained his master’s degree in Organisation and Management in 2012. He’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Recently, he created a new dating platform, called Date-a-Mate.
Alumnus Arne Lahcen works as a cabinet member at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Italy. Together with the European Commission, they observed the consequences of Covid-19 from space, using the Copernicus programme and Sentinel satellites.
Natalie Danti studied Commercial Engineering at the University of Antwerp (former RUCA) and graduated in 1996. Since then, she worked and studied in 6 different countries. Currently, she is Commercial Lead at Pfizer in Italy, where she manages a sales and marketing team.
Roel Dom (social and economic sciences, 2012) is a young professional and economist for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He is part of a team that aims to find macroeconomic policy strategies. This is his story.
Mirella Lancz obtained a Master in Business Economics, and is currently working as a Marketing Specialist at DSV, one of the leading global transport and logistics companies. As part of the Business Development team, she is responsible for marketing and involved in all commercial areas. We asked her about her career path after her studies, and how she coped with the corona crisis.
SEW-alumnus Abdel Bouddount is HR Business Partner at Mediahuis, the Belgian media company behind newspapers as De Standaard and Gazet van Antwerpen. He shares some of his experiences working in the HR sector during the corona crisis.
Alumna Marieke Versteeg-Cobussen is Innovation Coach and Project Manager at Greenhouse, an online marketing agency in Eindhoven.