Philippe Faes, President and CEO
Philippe Faes, born 1978 in Lier, Belgium, has been technology driven since childhood. At age 18, he spent a year in Portland Oregon. During this year, he received the highest score of all of Madison High School's seniors on the national SAT test, and received the American Chemical Society's best student of the year award. Upon his return to Belgium, he started engineering studies at Ghent University, where he graduated in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he conducted his doctoral research at the department of electronics and information systems of the same university. Philippe has been a licensed HAM operator since he was 17, and has been practicing aikidō for over a decade.
Hendrik Eeckhaut, CTO
Hendrik Eeckhaut, born 1978 in Ghent, Belgium, started his engineering studies in 1996 at Ghent University and graduated in 2001 in Computer Science. Since then he has been working towards a Ph.D. degree at the PARIS (Parallel Information Systems) group of the ELIS (Electronics and Information Systems) department. At first he performed research on implementing digital neural networks on digital hardware. Later his research shifted to the investigation of the feasibility and benefits of scalable hardware for scalable multimedia environments. During his Ph.D. he implemented a complete, real-time, wavelet-based, scalable video decoder on an FPGA.
Jan Decaluwe is entrepreneur and expert in hardware design. In 1991 he co-founded Easics, a company that pioneered VHDL-based hardware design, and continues to be a competence center in digital hardware design. Jan became an independent consultant in 2002 and still provides hardware design services to Easics. Jan is also the initiator and main developer of MyHDL, a Python-based hardware description language.
Carlo Top, born in Proven in 1947, has been born into a Flemish entrepreneurial family. As a Leuven graduate in Economy he was a valued staff member in the family business Top-Mouton, specialist in the creation and production of design furniture. In the late eighties he founded his own company: Designmart, specialist in project furnishing and the distribution of design furniture. With his rich professional experience he flawlessly anticipated on the problems of small businesses, such as the need to grow in order to be able to work in a professional way. In 1994 this expertise made him decide to start up ParkOffice to help other companies getting their peripheral activities organized in a professional way. The experience in his own company sharpened the professional knowledge he needed to build up his business centre Parkoffice from scratch. For almost 20 years now, he has been combining them with values such as wellbeing, passion and human networking in a contagiously enthusiastic way.
Patrick Vankwikelberge received his PhD and MScEE degrees both from the University of Ghent and his MBA degree from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. He worked in senior product strategy and business development roles within Alcatel-Lucent, STMicroelectronics and Barco, prior to cofounding Essensium, an IMEC spin-off, in 2005.
Patrick has been involved in a variety of high tech markets, mostly at the early stage of their growth cycle, including high speed transport networks, broadband access chip sets, real time location systems, and control room technology, serving customers as diverse as telecom operators and oil exploration companies. Early 2010 he joined the University of Ghent’s Technology Transfer Office as head of the business development team in charge of spin-offs and corporate collaboration programs. Patrick is a non-executive director representing the University’s Baekeland II VC fund, which is a shareholder of Sigasi.