Luc Bertrand

Luc BertrandLuc Bertrand (born 1951, Belgian) is chairman of the executive committee of Ackermans & van Haaren. He graduated in 1974 as a commercial engineer (KU Leuven) and began his career at Bankers Trust, where he held the position of Vice-President and Regional Sales Manager, Northern Europe. He has been with Ackermans & van Haaren since 1986. He holds various mandates as director within and outside the Ackermans & van Haaren group. His mandates include being chairman of the board of directors of DEME, Dredging International, Finaxis,

Sofinim and Leasinvest Real Estate, and he is a director at CFE, Sipef, Atenor Group and Groupe Flo. Outside the group, Luc Bertrand holds mandates as director at Schroeders and ING Belgium. Luc Bertrand is also active at the social level and is, among other things, chairman of Guberna (the Belgian Governance Institute), de Duve Institute and Middelheim Promotors, and sits on the boards of several other non-profit organizations and public institutions such as KU Leuven, Institute of Tropical Medicine and Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Luc Bertrand was appointed director at Ackermans & van Haaren in 1985.

Ackermans & van Haaren is a diversified group active in 5 key sectors: Infrastructure & Marine Engineering (DEME, one of the largest dredging companies in the world – CFE and A.A. Van Laere, two construction groups with headquarters in Belgium), Private Banking (Delen Private Bank, one of the largest independent private asset managers in Belgium, and asset manager JM Finn in the UK – Bank J. Van Breda & C°, niche bank for entrepreneurs and liberal professions in Belgium), Real Estate, Leisure & Senior Care (Leasinvest Real Estate, a listed real-estate investment trust – Extensa, an important land and real estate developer focused on Belgium, Luxembourg and Central Europe), Energy & Resources (Sipef, an agro-industrial group in tropical agriculture) and Development Capital (Sofinim and GIB). In 2013, through its share in its participations (incl. CFE), the AvH group represented a turnover of 5.7 billion euro and employed 22.706 people. The group concentrates on a limited number of strategic participations with significant potential for growth. AvH is quoted on the BEL20 index, the Private Equity NXT index of Euronext Brussels and the European DJ Stoxx 600.

Bart Dewael

Bart Dewael

Bart Dewael is partner at Deloitte Belgium and has over 15 years of experience as auditor and consultant in different sectors with a clear focus on the financial services sector and the healthcare payment institutions sector. In addition to audit he has extensive experience in consultancy assignments regarding:

– Due diligence assignments in the context of M & A (buy-side and sell-side)

– Asset Quality Review projects

– Regulatory advise to financial institutions and regulators (Basel guidelines, MiFID, PRIPS, etc.)

– Internal audit and internal control related engagements for several Belgian and international financial institutions

– ISAE 3402 (formerly SAS 70) certification audits for Belgian service organizations (financial institutions and HR services organizations)

He is accredited auditor for financial institutions (NBB/FMSA), insurance companies (NBB) and healthcare payment institutions (OCM/CDZ). At Deloitte Belgium he is responsible for CRD IV / CRR services to clients and he is also representing Deloitte as a member of several workgroups at the Institute of Statutory Auditors (workgroup healthcare payment institutions) and the Institute of Accredited Statutory Auditors for Financial Institutions (workgroup MiFID).


Bart Dewael is a frequent speaker at seminars on topics around regulation for the financial services industry (Basel guidelines, MiFID, PRIPS, etc.).


Hans Degryse

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Hans Degryse is Professor of Finance at the Department of Accountancy, Finance and Insurance of the KU Leuven. He is also a research fellow at the CEPR, CESIfo, the European Banking Center (EBC), and TILEC, and is member of the academic council of EBC. Before joining Leuven in 2012, he was professor of finance at Tilburg University. His research focuses on financial intermediation, including theoretical and empirical banking as well as market microstructure. He has published in many journals including the American Economic ReviewJournal of FinanceJournal of Financial EconomicsReview of Financial StudiesReview of Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the Economic Journal, and it has been presented in leading international conferences such as the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, the European Finance Association, and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He co-authored, with Moshe Kim and Steven Ongena, the graduate textbook Microeconometrics of Banking: Methods, Applications and Results published by Oxford University Press. He has been advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Finance, ECB, NBB and OECD on topics regarding banking competition, regulation and retail banking. He currently is an associate editor of the Review of Finance.  He obtained his PhD degree in economics from the University of Leuven.

Catherine D’Hondt

161Catherine D’HONDT is Professor of Finance at the Louvain School of Management – Université Catholique de Louvain. Before joining the Louvain School of Management in 2008, she was Associate Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School in France. Her research interests are related to market microstructure and behavioral finance, with a focus on investors’ behavior and trading strategies. She has conducted work on the long-term implications of MiFID for European capital markets. Her papers have been presented at academic and practitioner conferences and published in various refereed journals. She holds a Doctorate in Management Sciences from the Catholic University of Mons (Belgium) and the University of Perpignan (France).

María Teresa Fábregas

fotoP1030159_lznMaría Teresa Fábregas is currently Head of Unit in the Securities Markets unit in the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services of the European Commission, dealing with the markets in financial instruments Directive (MiFID), market abuse, benchmarks, prospectus, short selling and crowdfunding. Previously, in the same Directorate-General, she has been responsible for credit rating agencies, investor-compensation schemes and for the establishment of an EU regulatory framework for the provision of services (Services Directive). Before that she worked in the Directorate-General for Trade, in the field of bilateral and multilateral negotiations on technical regulations, including at World Trade Organisation (WTO) level. She started her professional career in the European Commission in 1997, in the Directorate-General for Enterprise, in the field of industrial goods and better regulation. She holds a degree in Law by the University of Barcelona, a post-graduate course in international relations (CEI, Centre for International Studies) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Philippe De Backer

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Philippe De Backer (34) holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School. Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialised in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences. Philippe is currently a Member of the European Parliament where he is a full member of the Transport and Tourism Committee. He is a substitute Member on the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee, as well as the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. His main interests lie in the field of transport infrastructure and functioning of logistics markets, the regulation of financial institutions and innovation policy.

Mats Isaksson

MI_photo[1]Mr. Mats Isaksson is Head of the Corporate Affairs division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). His responsibilities include corporate governance, state-owned enterprises, equity markets, company law, privatisation, dispute resolution and other policy areas of importance to a sound and dynamic business environment. Mats Isaksson participated in the development of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and was in charge of the comprehensive revision of the Principles in 2004. He also led the work to develop the OECD Guidelines for Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises and initiated the OECD’s work on The State in the Market Place.
Mr. Isaksson has extensive experience from working with both OECD and Key Partner countries. Recently, his work has focused on corporate governance and the financial crisis and a new OECD initiative on Corporate Governance, Value Creation and Growth. The aim is to ensure that equity markets can serve the needs of the real economy and provide access to capital for innovations and growth companies.
Mats Isaksson serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University and is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law. He is a founding Director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Forum and a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Bert Kruismans

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Standup-comedian, writer, television- and radiohost, journalist, jurist, gardener (If it’s really necessary.)
Bert started his career in 1990 as an editor and host at VRT-radiostations, such as Studio Brussel, Radio Donna and the Nachtradio.   He hosted his own radioshow on Radio I (Het Reyerscomplex) and Radio 2 (Vlaanderen voor beginners).  Since 2009, every monday morning he serves a strong coffee (Le Café Serré) at La Premiere (RTBF).
On television he did his bit in all kind of programs, such as ‘De Rechtvaardige Rechters’ (Canvas), ‘Polspoel & Desmet (VTM), ‘Paparazzo’ (VT4), ’50 degrés nord’ (Arte Belgique) and ‘Tournée Générale’ (La Une). By hosting this last show (exploring Belgian Beer!) he was the first Flemish host at the RTBF in 35 years. It also produced a guest appearance on Channel Four, next to Jamie Oliver.
In Flanders he’s well known as ‘De Allerslimste Mens Ter Wereld’ (The smartest person in the world). This is not a joke!
Bert wrote columns for Radio 1,  Radio 2, Libelle, De Morgen, De Juristenkrant and Notarius. With his co-author Peter Perceval he published the books ‘België voor beginnelingen’ and ‘Wereldberoemd in Vlaanderen.’ In 2011, together with the famous cartoonist Pierre Kroll, he delivered ‘Foert, Non Di Dju’, a bilingual book on the  political crisis in Belgium after the elections of 2010. In 2012 they published ‘Foert, Non  Di Dju, part 2’. In 2013 Bert wrote (on his own!) the bestseller ‘Meneer de notaris’, the memoirs of the Belgian notaries.
Bert also wrote theatrical plays for his colleagues Els De Schepper and An Nelissen. In 1997 he was amongst the pioneers introducing standup-comedy in Belgium. Since then he is on an eternal tour with his own comedy shows, performing in Dutch, French and English in Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia, France and the Netherlands.  These shows were also broadcasted on Flemish or French-speaking television.

Sophie Manigart

Sophie Manigart_VlerickFor more than two decades, Sophie Manigart has researched the financing strategies of entrepreneurial companies, including venture capital, private equity and business angel finance. She has developed her research through stays at Wharton School (Philadelphia) and IE Business School (Madrid). This experience enables her to hold the Gimv Private Equity Chair and to hold the position of Associate Editor at a leading journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Her research is published in two books and over 40 academic publications. It enabled her to develop original courses on entrepreneurial finance aimed at both entrepreneurs and investors. She is or has been teaching on this subject at Vlerick Business School, London Business School and IE Business School (Madrid), next to short lectures in business schools around the world. She advised numerous start-ups on their financing strategies and venture capital funds such as Quest for Growth and is a member of the investment committee of Baekeland Fund (spin-off fund of Ghent University). She is consulted as a topic expert by the European Parliament, the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and Belgian and regional governments. Experiencing a gap in the financing of start-ups, she was one of the founders of the first Belgian business angel network and still is a member of the board of directors of BAN Vlaanderen. She is currently also a board member of Gimv (quoted private equity firm), AXA Belgium (insurance company) and BW Ryhove (sheltered workplace).

Jean-Paul Servais

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Chairman of FSMA, the Financial Services & Markets Authority (Belgian Financial Regulator) Jean-Paul Servais is Chairman of Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), member of the International organization of securities commissions (IOSCO) Board and of the Chair’s Committee of the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA). As Chair of the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee (IPISC) established by ESMA, he has been deeply involved in many aspects of regulation designed to deliver greater transparency for investment products by simplifying both structure and cost for the benefit of investors. He is also member of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), of the NYSE Euronext College of Regulators and Chairman of the IOSCO Audit Committee.
Jean-Paul Servais holds a Masters degree of law from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a Masters degree of Economics in Business Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is Part-time Lecturer (Professeur) at the ULB (Free University of Brussels) and author or co-author of more than 280 papers, publications and contributions to various national and international colloquia and conferences.

Koen Schoors


Koen Schoors is professor Economics at Ghent University. He also taught at KULeuven, Vlerick Leuven Gent Mangement School and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His Scientific work is mainly focused on  banking and finance, law and economic and institutional economics. He was heard by the Fortis expert commission and by the Dexia commission of the Flemish Parliament. He is visiting researcher to the Bank of Finland, chairman of the Board of Gigarant and Trividend and columnist for De Tijd and De Morgen.


Caroline Veris

Caroline VerisCaroline is a partner within the Enterprise Risk Services practice of Deloitte Belgium. She has more than 20 years experience in the financial sector. Caroline focuses on regulatory and compliance advisory services for the Financial Services Industry. This includes specialised services in the area of regulatory risk and strategy as well as compliance governance and organisation (such as regulatory watch, implementation of new regulatory requirements, compliance control and monitoring,…), combined with an in depth experience in conduct of business, products and services regulation (MiFID, IMD, PRIPs, AML, MAD, UCITS,…).

Before joining Deloitte in 1999, Caroline worked for eight years in the legal and compliance department of a savings bank. Caroline started her career in 1989 at the law faculty of the University of Antwerp as researcher.