Speakers 2019

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Erik Valgaeren
Lawyer - Partner

With in-depth knowledge of information and communication technology, Erik advises a broad spectrum of clients from high-profile companies to financial institutions and government companies.

His practice focuses on IT, software, data internet, e-commerce and electronic communication. He advises, for instance, on software implementations, software asset management, web and cloud services, IT security, data governance and privacy.

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Guy Francx
Head of Revenue and Process Management
Clear Channel Belgium

Guy Francx is the Head of Revenue and Process Management at Clear Channel Belgium. Over the past decade, he has held various Revenue Management and Product positions in the media industry, both in on-line and off-line environments. In his current role, Guy is responsible for connecting different functional teams through product, revenue and technology management. His primary focus is identifying advertising and revenue opportunities through portfolio development, inventory management and supporting technologies. Guy holds a degree in Aplied Economics from KULeuven and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.

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Joachim Ganseman
Research consultant

Joachim Ganseman is a computer scientist and has a history as a doctoral student at the University of Antwerp, with dips to Queen Mary University in London and Stanford University, where he focused on digital signal processing, machine learning and audio analysis. He has been working at Smals Research since 2018 where he focuses on AI-related topics, including Natural Language Processing and Conversational Interfaces, and their possible applications in government context. In addition to his work, he is an excellent pianist, and as co-founder and organizer of the Belgian Informatics Olympiad, he received the annual science communication prize from the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences of Belgium in 2016.

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Danielle Jacobs

Danielle Jacobs is General Manager of BELTUG, the largest Belgian association of digital technology leaders from businesses and public institutions, with more than 1600 members. Under her leadership, Beltug has built on the priorities of these ICT managers to achieve a number of successes, including developing a Market Study on the Belgian business ICT market, acting as an interlocutor for businesses on software license issues, and lobbying with public entities at the Belgian and European levels to clarify key issues including indoor coverage for mobile communication, data protection (GDPR), e-trust services, and more.

Danielle has received considerable recognition for her efforts, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the CIO Leadership summit, 2016. She was named one of Global Telecoms Business’s Top 50 Woman to Watch 2016. And she was elected IT person of the year by Computable Belgium 2018.

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Jeroen Van Langenhove
Digital Transformation Expert

Jeroen started his career 20 years ago in the datacentre space, working for some technology startups in the cloud space, currently helping customers with their data challenges and data driven projects.

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