8 februari 2019 - Stadschouwburg Mechelen
Chris Beuckeleers is the CEO of a sales consultancy company that provides commercial and strategic support for IT companies. With his education in IT and more than 10 years of experience in sales, combined, he gained the experience to support others in this. In addition, he is involved in organizations such as Toastmasters and JCI, in which he has had positions in the board of directors. By constantly looking for innovation, he came into contact with the TEDx concept a few years ago. It is ultimately through the establishment of an event in his hometown Mechelen that led him to participate.
Ward Bosmans became a freelance journalist, copywriter and consultant after a long career in the energy sector. He’s passionate about sustainable development, energy and mobility. Between 2006 and 2009 he appeared as energy consultant in television shows ‘De Werf’ (VTM) and ‘Onder Hoogspanning’ (Vier). In 2007 he became Eco-manager of the year (Belgische Energie- en Milieuprijs) and won the Suez Innovation Trophy for the development of an employee engagement program to rationalise the use of energy. As a long time fan of TED, he could tick off an item of his bucketlist last year, ... doing a TED-talk.
Production & Tech
Tom Proost has been passionate about music, sound and technology ever since he was a child. After his studies to become an industrial engineer, he trained in London to gain more in-depth knowledge of production and technology. He currently combines both worlds. He works in an R & D team at NXP software. Next to this he mixes as an audio engineer both live and in the studio for, among others, Raymond van het Groenewoud. For a long time fascinated by TED, he did translations in the past and now he goes for the challenge with TEDxMechelen.
Sandra Van Gucht
Sandra van Gucht has been working over the last decade in several HR-related positions. Over the years she gained the necessary experience and knowledge in this domain to start working on her own as an entrepreneur. At the moment she is managing partner in a sales consultancy firm where she applies her knowledge from an HR point-of-view. Her spare time she tries to fill with charity and other social activities. When she is not busy driving her three teenagers around or running her household you can spot her sometimes on a terrace with friends drinking her favorite latté macchiato.
Production & Tech
Pieter Mollemans is an all round creative working for a company specialised in research and development of software solutions for the dental market. With over 10 years of domain experience, he coaches a team of software analysts and designers, responsible for innovation and user experience of their end products. Pieter has a passion for bringing people in touch with innovation and creativity and has given talks about these topics on multiple occasions. The TED mission: “Ideas worth spreading” closely links to this and was Pieter’s main motivation to join the TEDx Mechelen team
IT & Volunteers
Hans Verbist graduated in computer science and started working in education, responsible for the management and expansion of the IT infrastructure for a large number of schools in Mechelen. After more than 12 years of experience in this field, his interest within the IT sector turned mainly to IT security. Here he has also adjusted his professional goals and exchanged his previous job for that of cyber security expert. In addition, Hans is the co-organizer of "Nationale Kinderkankerdag" (National Children’s Cancer Day) for which he has been committed for years. His knowledge of event management is an important link where he can provide added value for TEDxMechelen.