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. 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. Philip Vergauwen

Mr. Philip Vergauwen

Common Course

Mr. Philip Vergauwen is Professor Strategic Management Accounting & Control at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), Université libre de Bruxelles. He was previously was dean of the School from 2018-2021 after a deanships at the Maastricht University School of Business & Economics (SBE-UM) (2013-2017) where he was also full professor Controlling, and Department Chair Accounting & Information Management, Director of the international Executive Master of Science of Finance and Control (iEMFC) of the Maastricht University until 2013.

Philip has also been Member of the AACSB Board of Directors (2015-2017, 2020-21) and was previous to this board position Chairman of the AACSB European Advisory Council EMEA and member of the Continuous Improvement (Reaccreditation) Review Committee. He chairs the International Advisory Board (and is ex officio) Member of the Board of KEDGE (Bordeaux-Marseilles) Business School, is Chair of the United Nations University – MERIT/UM and is member of the Deakin Business School (Deakin University, Australia) Advisory Board.

His research focuses on the (behavioural) economics implications for management control (reward systems, intellectual capital approaches to performance measurement and management and on innovation and change (increasingly in the health, biotech, medtech and pharmaceutical sector).

Mr. Valentin Dirken

Mr. Valentin Dirken

Common Course

Mr. Valentin Dirken is a Belgian graduate electrical engineer with an additional specialised Master in Technological & Industrial Management with a major in finance at Solvay Business School. He is currently an Enterprise Architect at Deloitte.

Previously, he has worked in the IT Department of the ULB, alongside the CIO, playing a fundamental role in the digital transformation. His passion for creativity and innovation brought him to become an external academic teacher in two IT curricula at the Solvay Business School.

Responding to his willingness to converge sustainability and innovation, he enabled his students to become changemakers through the development of an IT project aimed at fulfilling the 2030 UN SDGs. By converging motivation and commitment, he is persuaded that the IT sector can play a pivotal role in contributing to build a better society based on sustainable practices and a human centric approach.

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. Marc Goldchstein

Mr. Marc Goldchstein

Entrepreunership

Marc Goldchstein studied Business Engineering at the VUB. After his studies he worked at the institution, doing research on Venture Capital and growth-oriented entrepreneurship; he was also in charge of the student-entrepreneurship project at the VUB. He then joined one of the first startups emanating from the VUB, the beginning of a 20-year career in sales and marketing with tech startups. In 2005 he returned to the VUB; to teach entrepreneurship to Business students, technology students and researchers. He is also member of the TechTransfer team of the VUB and teaches at the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels.

Ms. Véronique Weets

Ms. Véronique Weets

Finance

Mrs. Véronique Weets works at the FSMA (Financial Services and Markets Authority), where she audits the IFRS financial statements of listed entities. In that capacity, she is also a member of ESMA’s Project Group, the group within ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) and IOSCO (International Organisation of Securities Commissions) accounting subgroup that prepares the official commentary on the standards proposed by the IASB.

She is also a part-time lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where her responsibilities include a general course on IFRS.

Mr. Erik Van Den Haute

Mr. Erik Van Den Haute

Business Law

Mr. Erik Van den Haute is Professor in contract law, in european private and comparative law and in dispute resolution at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He also teaches comparative company law in France (LLM, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3).

He is the author of more than 50 articles in Belgian and international journals & books and co-director of the Executive Master in International Business Law in Phnom Penh (Royal University of Law & Economics) and of the LL.M. International Business Law in Brussels (ULB).

Erik is also a founding member of the Academy for private european law (Salzburg, Austria), as well as a member of the Groupe de Travail Contrats Internationaux, of the Association Capitant and of the European Law Institute. He has been working several times as expert for the Belgian government and assisted the government in the elaboration of new legislation (class-actions, mortgage backed loans).

Mr. Olivier Witmeur

Mr. Olivier Witmeur

Entrepreneurship

Mr. Olivier Witmeur is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université libre de Bruxelles – ULB). He mainly teaches entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and business planning to under- and post-graduate students, entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, and corporate managers.

Beside his activities for the business school, Olivier is an active Board member or strategic advisor in a set of growth-oriented entrepreneurial ventures. Over the last 25 years, Olivier has coached 150+ new and growing firms, published multiple papers on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and strategy in entrepreneurial ventures.

Before joining the U.L.B., Olivier has been part of the entrepreneurial team of OpenHR (2000-2006), a successful Belgian IT venture company specialized in HR management software, where he was CFO. Olivier has also been the Managing Director of EEBIC, an incubator in Brussels (1995-1999) and Adviser to the Minister of Economy of the Brussels Region (1991-1994).

Mr. Patrick Legros

Mr. Patrick Legros

Public Policies

Mr. Patrick Legros is a professor of economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles, the managing editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and a Senior Academic Affiliate at Positive Competition. He is a specialist in industrial economics, the theory of contracts and organizations and have taught these topics at other universities (Cornell, Erasmus University, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Most of his publications are in the best journals in economics (American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, Journal of the European Economic Association, the Rand Journal of Economics).

His main research analyzes the integration decisions or the choice of contracts of companies, both in perfectly competitive or oligopolistic environments. These questions are especially relevant when the transactions between the parties are subject to incompleteness (it is not possible to specify all the possible contingencies in a contract), or to situations of moral hazard or asymmetric information.

Parallel to his academic activity, he served as a member of the European Advisory Group on Competition Policy of the European Commission and as an expert for the European Investment Bank and for the European Commission (risk shifting in public private partnerships; evolution of scientific publication markets in Europe; deregulation of the postal industry; damages). I have been a consultant on a variety of cases for private firms (joint ventures and mergers in telecoms; price discrimination; arbitration; financial platforms; contracts in supplier-producer relationships.)

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.

Mr. Marc Goldchstein

Mr. Marc Goldchstein

Entrepreunership

Marc Goldchstein studied Business Engineering at the VUB. After his studies he worked at the institution, doing research on Venture Capital and growth-oriented entrepreneurship; he was also in charge of the student-entrepreneurship project at the VUB. He then joined one of the first startups emanating from the VUB, the beginning of a 20-year career in sales and marketing with tech startups. In 2005 he returned to the VUB; to teach entrepreneurship to Business students, technology students and researchers. He is also member of the TechTransfer team of the VUB and teaches at the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels.

Ms. Véronique Weets

Ms. Véronique Weets

Finance

Mrs. Véronique Weets works at the FSMA (Financial Services and Markets Authority), where she oversees IFRS financial statements of listed entities. In this capacity, she is also part of the ESMA Project Group, the group within ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) and the accounting subgroup of IOSCO (International Organisation of Securities Commissions) that write official comments on the IASB’s standard proposals.

She is also a part-time lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where her responsibilities include a general course on IFRS.

Mr. Philip Vergauwen

Mr. Philip Vergauwen

Common Course

Mr. Philip Vergauwen is Professor Strategic Management Accounting & Control at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM), Université libre de Bruxelles. He was previously was dean of the School from 2018-2021 after a deanships at the Maastricht University School of Business & Economics (SBE-UM) (2013-2017) where he was also full professor Controlling, and Department Chair Accounting & Information Management, Director of the international Executive Master of Science of Finance and Control (iEMFC) of the Maastricht University until 2013.

Philip has also been Member of the AACSB Board of Directors (2015-2017, 2020-21) and was previous to this board position Chairman of the AACSB European Advisory Council EMEA and member of the Continuous Improvement (Reaccreditation) Review Committee. He chairs the International Advisory Board (and is ex officio) Member of the Board of KEDGE (Bordeaux-Marseilles) Business School, is Chair of the United Nations University – MERIT/UM and is member of the Deakin Business School (Deakin University, Australia) Advisory Board.

Mr. Erik Van den Haute

Mr. Erik Van den Haute

Business Law

Mr. Erik Van den Haute is Professor in contract law, in european private and comparative law and in dispute resolution at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He also teaches comparative company law in France (LLM, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3).

He is the author of more than 50 articles in Belgian and international journals & books and co-director of the Executive Master in International Business Law in Phnom Penh (Royal University of Law & Economics) and of the LL.M. International Business Law in Brussels (ULB).

Erik is also a founding member of the Academy for private european law (Salzburg, Austria), as well as a member of the Groupe de Travail Contrats Internationaux, of the Association Capitant and of the European Law Institute. He has been working several times as expert for the Belgian government and assisted the government in the elaboration of new legislation (class-actions, mortgage backed loans).

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