Entrepreneur, Investor and Co-Founder of Start-ups
Skillful and enterprising senior executive with global experience in representing and managing the business interests of aerospace, communications and life sciences organizations.
— Key Qualifications —
Possessing 25+ years’ successful experience in leading global initiatives on behalf of aerospace, communication and life sciences industries.
Adept at advising, counseling and establishing policy, legal and financial aspects of several global breakthrough projects.
Highly skilled in terms of guiding start-ups, deals and transactions and building industrial consortium.
Fluent in French, English, German and Dutch.
Space Tech Angels Association – Luxembourg
Director and Board member
Responsible for the sponsoring and financial aspects of the Association.
VectorLab GmBH– Zug, Switzerland
Vice President & Co-Founder, 2017 to Present
Lead daily management efforts and business development of a start-up focused on R&D, manufacturing, marketing and worldwide distribution of technologies.
Vector Therapeutics Inc. – New York, USA
Chief Business Officer, General Counsel & Co-Founder, 2018 to March 2019
Oversee, identify and manage policy, legal/IP & regulatory issues, corporate finance & transactions, and business development of an innovative biopharma company.
Amgen – Brussels, Belgium
Executive Director - 2004 to 2016
Directed strategic policy, legal, compliance and regulatory matters at European Union level and throughout 35 countries.
Led successful advocacy efforts for the adoption of science-based policies by US Congress, European Union institutions and United Nation’s agencies.
Contributing member of Regional Management.
Appointed as corporate representation before several global and regional trade associations.
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, NautaDutilh & Keller & Heckman– Brussels, Belgium
Senior Associate – 1995 to 2003
Managed cases and resolved disputes on behalf of a roster of clients concentrated in the aerospace, life sciences and communications sectors.
Negotiated and concluded the premier European fiber optics communication agreement valued at more than $2 billion.
Directed and orchestrated the establishment of industry-led consortium arrangements including Sea Launch and Digital Video Broadcasting.
Managed a trade association at European level.
Aeronautics Industries, European Commission- Brussels, Belgium
Advisor–1993 to 1994
Negotiated and concluded the first EU Directive for the liberalization of air transport. Participated in high level international negotiations regarding EU accession and trans-European transport networks.
Aerospace Group, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, London, England
Associate, 1992 to 1993
Represented the Lloyd’s of London, dealing with international law issues arising from the Slovenian Independence and the Gulf War.
Master of Laws (LL.M) in Air and Space Law
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude
Université catholique de Louvain, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Board Member, Association Française d’Astronomie (French Astronomy Association)
Admitted to the Bar in 1995
McGill Graduate Faculty Award, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Guest lecturer at McGill University
Guide for Start-up Companies, 2003
Article, Proposal for a Council Regulation on Air Carrier Liability, Annals of Air and Space Law, 1997
Book, European Union External Competence and External Relations in Air Transport, 1996
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