Professors

Bruno van Pottelsberghe

Dean of the Solvay Brussels School

Mr. Bruno van Pottelsberghe is a belgian economist and professor who was Senior Fellow and Dean of the Bruegel think-tank in Brussels. He has an extensive career in scientific research as he was previously Chief Economist at the European Patent Office (EPO). He then became an associate professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management of the ULB, where he held the Solvay Chair of Innovation. As he was also Director of the Solvay Executive MBA (EMBA), he has significant experience in accreditation (AMBA accreditation). In fact, he has a clear vision of the world of economics and scientific research and has a solid international network.

The quality and accessibility of education are at the very core of what our programme aims to provide to our participants. 

The Solvay Summer School is as always appreciative of the amazing line-up of dedicated internationally renowned professors and researchers the programme has the honour to welcome every edition. Not only are they passionate about the topic they teach throughout our different options, they are great speakers as well. 

In line with our brand new addition, the Public Policies option, we are proud to announce that our programme will welcome prestigious experts of this contemporary field. Serving as professors, researchers  and advisors, Public Policies affiliated faculty members have exceptional background and will gladly share their savoir-faire with our students.

With their diverse experience in specialized area of expertise, we entrust our faculty members with the task to convey their knowledge and inspire our participants to be the next generation of change-makers. 

MR. MARC BECQUET

MR. MARC BECQUET

Public Policies

Mr. Marc Becquet is by education a mechanical and electrical engineer, and he as PhD degree in applied science, both from the ULB. He was from 1984 until 1989 a faculty staff at the Ecole Polytechnique of ULB, working on robotics, CAD/CAM and machine design.

He joined the European Commission at the end of 1989, working at the Joint Research Centre in various posts and location, concentrating on research projects in the nuclear field, material science and in management of research. He was the Director ad interim for Security at the European Commission, then Head of Service of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Luxembourg of the European Commission. Since 1st May 2020, he is Head of Service of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Brussels of the European Commission.

Mr. Abel Diaz Gonzalez

Mr. Abel Diaz Gonzalez

Entrepreneurship

Mr. Abel Diaz Gonzalez holds a PhD in Business Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Belgium and is currently affiliated as a researcher at the VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship. In August 2020, Abel joined the Vesalius College in Brussels as Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on the supportive function of social entrepreneurial ecosystems. For his doctoral dissertation, Abel has conducted field research in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Belgium.

His research has been presented at different international conferences (among which are the Academy of Management, IABS, EMES and New Business Models). Abel has acted as a reviewer at various conferences and for journals, and as co-organizer of numerous events (e.g. the VUB Social Entrepreneurship Fair that has ca. 550 participants and the Social Entrepreneurship Summit with ca. 150 participants).

Abel is a co-founder of Equalisi BVBA, a social enterprise incorporated in 2019 in Belgium, aimed at supporting vulnerable entrepreneurs from Latin America to commercialize their products in alternative markets.

Mr. François Koulischer

Mr. François Koulischer

Finance

Mr. François Koulischer is a Research Associate at the Department of Finance of the University of Luxembourg. His research interests are financial intermediation, monetary and macroeconomics and sustainable finance.

Before joining the University of Luxembourg, François was an economist at the central bank of Luxembourg and the Bank of France. Francois holds a Ph.D. from the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Ms. Judith Behrens

Ms. Judith Behrens

Entrepreneurship

Ms. Judith Behrens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She is a research fellow of CEBRIG (Centre Emile Bernheim de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Gestion) and iCite (The International Centre for Innovation, Technology and Education Studies).

In her research, Judith Behrens conducts studies in the areas of entrepreneurship, decision making and innovation outcomes. The aim of her work is to conduct management research that explains how organizations and start-ups can strategically shape change in an increasingly digitalized world. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in leading international academic journals. She is in the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Journal of Product Innovation Management. To realize her projects, she was involved in funding activities (e.g., Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, Fonds d’Encouragement à la Recherche, Stiftung Industrieforschung).

Mr. Jean-François Bellis

Mr. Jean-François Bellis

Business Law

Mr. Jean-François Bellis is a founding partner of Van Bael & Bellis. Before setting up the firm in 1986, he clerked for Lord Mackenzie Stuart, the British judge at the European Court of Justice, and was a partner in the European law department of a major Brussels law firm. Jean-François has several decades of experience in competition and trade law, representing clients in numerous cases before the European Commission and the EU Courts.
Jean-François assists clients on all aspects of competition law with particular expertise in cartels, abuses of dominance and merger control. He has acted in landmark competition case including United Brands, Woodpulp, Michelin I and II, Microsoft and Intel.

Jean-François Bellis has written numerous books and articles on competition and trade law and regularly speaks on both of these subjects at international conferences and seminars. He teaches a course on EU competition law at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels (ULB) and directs a seminar on competition law at the University of Liège. He also lectures on abuses of dominance at the Brussels School of Competition.

Mr. Vincent Mabillard

Mr. Vincent Mabillard

Public Policies

Mr. Vincent Mabillard holds a PhD in Public Administration from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He focused on government transparency and citizen trust in public authorities.

As of 2022, he will be Co-director of the MA in Economic Governance and Public Policy in Europe, in which he will teach several courses, including Management, Innovation and Communication in the Public Sector. His involvement in research networks and his encounters in Switzerland, the United States and Belgium have led to numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals.

His research interests include mostly transparency, accountability and performance in the public sector, place branding and marketing strategies, as well as public sector communication.

Mr. Anthony Bochon

Mr. Anthony Bochon

Business Law

Mr. Anthony Bochon has a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles and obtained a LL.M. in European and Economic Law from the University of Cambridge in 2011 and joined the Brussels Bar the same year. He is a partner at European law Gil Robles – San Bartolome & Partners. He is also an associate lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in innovation law at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Author of many conferences and publications in nanotechnology law, he is one of the most recognized experts in the world on his topic. In January 2014, he was awarded the Jean-Jacques Boels Prize awarded by the Brussels Bar.

Ms. Sophie Goldman

Ms. Sophie Goldman

Business Law

Ms. Sophie Goldman focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, both in national and international setting, relating to, among others, partnership agreements, service contracts, distribution, directors’ liability and post-acquisition disputes in various sectors such as distribution of industrial products, energy, aeronautics, insurance, and construction. A major part of her practice consists in national and international arbitration. She regularly acts as arbitrator or as counsel in ICC and CEPANI proceedings.

She is ranked « future leader » in Arbitration by « Who’s who legal : Arbitration » since 2018 and she is “highly recommended” as an arbitrator by « Leaders League Intelligence Report & Directory Services ». She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2008. In September 2016, she co-founded the firm Tossens Goldman Gonne.

Sophie is very active within the CEPANI, the Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation. She is the Co-Chair of Cepani 40 since 2017 and she is part of the CEPANI Delegation at the at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. She also co-chairs the CEPANI working group on Diversity created in 2021.

Mr. Marc Becquet

Mr. Marc Becquet

Public Policies

Mr. Marc Becquet is by education a mechanical and electrical engineer, and he as PhD degree in applied science, both from the ULB. He was from 1984 until 1989 a faculty staff at the Ecole Polytechnique of ULB, working on robotics, CAD/CAM and machine design.

He joined the European Commission at the end of 1989, working at the Joint Research Centre in various posts and location, concentrating on research projects in the nuclear field, material science and in management of research. He was the Director ad interim for Security at the European Commission, then Head of Service of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Luxembourg of the European Commission. Since 1st May 2020, he is Head of Service of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Brussels of the European Commission.

In parallel, he continued his teaching activities at the Solvay Business School of ULB since 1988, first teaching industrial process and since several years emerging technology.

Mr. Jean-François Bellis

Mr. Jean-François Bellis

Business Law

Mr. Jean-François Bellis is a founding partner of Van Bael & Bellis. Before setting up the firm in 1986, he clerked for Lord Mackenzie Stuart, the British judge at the European Court of Justice, and was a partner in the European law department of a major Brussels law firm. Jean-François has several decades of experience in competition and trade law, representing clients in numerous cases before the European Commission and the EU Courts.
Jean-François assists clients on all aspects of competition law with particular expertise in cartels, abuses of dominance and merger control. He has acted in landmark competition case including United Brands, Woodpulp, Michelin I and II, Microsoft and Intel.

Jean-François Bellis has written numerous books and articles on competition and trade law and regularly speaks on both of these subjects at international conferences and seminars. He teaches a course on EU competition law at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Brussels (ULB) and directs a seminar on competition law at the University of Liège. He also lectures on abuses of dominance at the Brussels School of Competition.

Mr. Anthony Bochon

Mr. Anthony Bochon

Business Law

Mr. Anthony Bochon has a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles and obtained a LL.M. in European and Economic Law from the University of Cambridge in 2011 and joined the Brussels Bar the same year. He is a partner at European law Gil Robles – San Bartolome & Partners. He is also an associate lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in innovation law at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Author of many conferences and publications in nanotechnology law, he is one of the most recognized experts in the world on his topic. In January 2014, he was awarded the Jean-Jacques Boels Prize awarded by the Brussels Bar.

Mr. Vincent Mabillard

Mr. Vincent Mabillard

Public Policies

Mr. Vincent Mabillard holds a PhD in Public Administration from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He focused on government transparency and citizen trust in public authorities.

As of 2022, he will be Co-director of the MA in Economic Governance and Public Policy in Europe, in which he will teach several courses, including Management, Innovation and Communication in the Public Sector. His involvement in research networks and his encounters in Switzerland, the United States and Belgium have led to numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals.

His research interests include mostly transparency, accountability and performance in the public sector, place branding and marketing strategies, as well as public sector communication.

Mr. Bruno Colmant

Mr. Bruno Colmant

Finance

Mr. Bruno Colmant is the CEO of Bank Degroof Petercam, the largest Belgian private and investment bank. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master Degree in applied economics from the Solvay Business School Economics & Management (ULB). He also holds a Master of Sciences in Business Administration from the Purdue University (USA) and a Master in Fiscal Sciences (ICHEC-ESSF). He carries various certifications, including ACI, ICMA, FRM, PRMiA, CFA, CIIA, CMF, CeFA and numerous IIA certifications. He is a chartered accountant and tax advisor and owns the “agent de change” certification.

Bruno Colmant began his career at Arthur Andersen, Dewaay and Sofina. He was Managing Director at ING (1996-2006), Cabinet Head of the Belgian Finance Ministry (2006-2007), CEO of the Brussels Stock Exchange, Member of the Management Committee of NYSE Euronext and Chairman and CEO of Euronext Brussels (2007- 2009) and Deputy CEO at AGEAS (2009-2011). From 2001 throughout 2016, he has been a Partner of the consulting firm Roland Berger and an economic advisor to the AGEAS CEO. He lectures at Vlerick Business School since 2000. He has authored more than 80 books. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.

Ms. Sophie Goldman

Ms. Sophie Goldman

Business Law

Ms. Sophie Goldman focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, both in national and international setting, relating to, among others, partnership agreements, service contracts, distribution, directors’ liability and post-acquisition disputes in various sectors such as distribution of industrial products, energy, aeronautics, insurance, and construction. A major part of her practice consists in national and international arbitration. She regularly acts as arbitrator or as counsel in ICC and CEPANI proceedings.

She is ranked « future leader » in Arbitration by « Who’s who legal : Arbitration » since 2018 and she is “highly recommended” as an arbitrator by « Leaders League Intelligence Report & Directory Services ». She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2008. In September 2016, she co-founded the firm Tossens Goldman Gonne.

Sophie is very active within the CEPANI, the Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation. She is the Co-Chair of Cepani 40 since 2017 and she is part of the CEPANI Delegation at the at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. She also co-chairs the CEPANI working group on Diversity created in 2021.

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