The Team 2017


Brecht Hanssens – Curator 2017

Economist who prefers a holistic approach. Eager to learn more about how humans interact and create value for society. Currently enrolled in a MSc International Management and Strategy at Vlerick Business School. Avid follower of current affairs and the political theatre. I’m here to support the team so we can make this a great third edition!


Georgios Kyrikos – Co-curator

Born and raised in the city of Patras,Greece, i finished a BBA in Athens, before doing an auditing internship. After that, i moved abroad to Belgium and started a MSc Degree at Vlerick Business School for General Management, with a scholarship to support my studies. I have been an event organiser for many years (New Years Eve, Patras Carnival, Student events) some of which had more than 400 guests. I am extremely passionate for music and art, hence my studies of piano and guitar. My dream; to travel around the world and explore as many cultures as possible.


Yavanna Valencia – Speakers

Ecuadorean-member of the team with a Masters in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Business and Economics. Currently coursing the Masters in General Management at Vlerick. Together with Marie Vanclaire, in charge of securing a diverse group of speakers; Our challenge is that this year’s talks provoke conversations that matter on oft-overlooked topics. Also responsible for handling the speakers’ logistics.


Marie Vanclaire – Speakers

Born and raised in Brussels, I have studied Corporate Law, and I’m currently following the Masters in General Management at Vlerick.Together with Yavanna Valencia, I’m in charge of the speakers. This role fits well with my personality: I enjoy meeting new people, discovering new thing and learning from their experiences.


Alice Pilate – Location & Catering

Energetic and enthusiast, I enjoy following and participating in discussions related to social and economic issues. I have a diversified academic background with a master’s degree in Business Law to be completed with a current managerial formation at Vlerick. Besides, project management lies firmly in my DNA through extracurricular involvements abroad and in Belgium. Within the Tedx team, I am in charge of finding location and organising the catering for this event.  


Gilles Delafontaine – Location & Catering

Curious all-rounder with a background in European law. Currently pursuing a Master in General Management at Vlerick Business School. Has a predilection for aesthetics and a keen interest in the development of a sustainable society. Part of the locations team and fully devoted to make TEDxVlerick a fantastically inspiring night.


Alexander Veys – Sponsors and Partnerships

Mechanical Engineer with a great interest in science and technology. Currently studying a Master in General Management at the Vlerick Business School. Within the TEDx team I am in charge of finding sponsors for this event. I am passionate about travelling and learning how the world works.


Tomas Pinheiro – Marketing

Currently enrolled in a Master of Innovation Entrepreneurship and being a constant explorer, I am eager to understand where businesses and society are going. I have a digital marketing background and, together with Ana Correa Martín-Arroyo, Tamara Koljozova and Karel Van Ooteghem, I am responsible for the promotion of the TEDxVlerickBusinessSchool 2017.


Michael Verheecke – Finance

After finishing my law studies, I am currently enrolled in a master in General Management. Very interested in the current affairs and financial news. Moreover I’m passionated by the politic theatre around the world. I will deal with the financial tasks and work together with the others to go for a great edition of Vlerick Tedx!

“If you can’t talk about it, you can’t change it.” ― Matt L. Rawlins

These are times of incredible advancements but also undeniable disunion, but are we really addressing the issues that are most important? The TEDx Vlerick 2017 will bring you a line up of speakers talking about issues that are there, but are somewhat neglected by most: "“The Elephants in the Room”".

  • Date: 25/04/17
  • Location: Flagey, Brussels
  • Time: 19:00