Our lecturers are Belgian and international inter-disciplinary academic experts or managers and executives experienced in innovation management.


Mireille BUYDENS is a doctor of law, with a degree in economic law, and doctor of philosophy ((French-speaking) Free University of Brussels). After writing her dissertation on intellectual property at the Max Planck Institute in Munich and the FNRS, Mireille Buydens joined the Brussels bar in 1992. She was professor at the Catholic University of Louvain from 1995 to 2007, and has been professor at the (French-speaking) Free University of Brussels since 1998. Mireille Buydens is currently a partner in the firm of Janson Baugniet (Brussels). She is recognised for her practice in intellectual property law, particular concerning patents, and she chairs the Belgian Examination Commission for patent attorneys and member of the Intellectual Property Board. She is the author or co-author of many works on intellectual property.


Annick CASTIAUX is a physicist. After a few years in research at the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) [National Scientific Research Fund], she joined the private sector where she works as a consultant in information and knowledge management at IRIS, in Louvain-la-Neuve. Her work focuses on the difficulty organisations experience in managing technological change. In 2002 she returned to the University of Namur, in Business Administration, where she teaches innovation strategy and marketing by incorporating her managerial and technological perspective. Her research on innovation management pertains essentially to information and communication technologies (ICT) and sustainable development. Annick Castiaux is also a guest professor at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis and the UCL.

Marine AGOGUE est professeur de gestion de l'innovation et creative cognition, HEC Montréal.

Tom DE BLOCK is industry manager at Google and also associate expert in continuing university training at UCL

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Luc DE BRABANDÈRE is a civil engineer in applied mathematics (1971) and holds a degree in philosophy (2002) from the Catholic University of Louvain. A specialist in creativity, he is the author of a dozen books that have become a reference on the matter. A Senior Advisor and Fellow of the Boston Consulting Group, he practices corporate philosophy and devotes an increasing part of his time to teaching, mainly at the Louvain School of Management. He has co-founded CartoonBase to promote the use of cartoons to encourage creativity in the graphic arts and illustrations of all sorts.


Françoise DE VIRON is a physicist. She has a PhD in physics and master’s in sociology (UCL). She has been teaching at the UCL since 2003, particularly knowledge management for the master’s degree programmes of the Louvain School of Management. She is the academic co-head of the executive programme in innovation management at the UCL. She is moreover an academic member of the Centre for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies (CRECIS). Her interests and publications concern chiefly knowledge and learning strategy in companies and educational institutions. She worked for 15 years as R&D Manager in the Tractable Group and as a consultant in organisational knowledge and learning management.


Benoit GAILLY is an engineer and holds a PhD in applied sciences (UCL), an MBA (INSEAD), and a European Master’s Degree in science, society and technologies (ESST). He teaches innovation strategy and management at the Centre of Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies (CRECIS) of the Louvain School of Management. His research is focused on strategies based on innovation and on support programmes for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been involved in numerous innovation projects in large companies and start-ups since 1995. Professor Gailly is the author of numerous publications and the book entitled “Developing Innovative Organizations: A Roadmap to Boost your Innovation Potential”, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Frédéric GEVERS is a legal counsel at Prayon and also associate expert in continuing education at UCL


Vincent LIEFFRIG, civil engineer (UCL) (1981), R&D Manager at AGC since 1986, involved in research project evaluation and portfolio management since 1995, and also associate expert in continuing university training at UCL


Benoît RAUCENT is Professor at  the Polytechnique school of the UCL. He is also president of the Louvain Learning Lab (initiative of the UCL) and since 2016 also coordinates the OpenHub, a space for prototyping innovative products, financed by FEDER.

Jean-Yves TILQUIN is Group R&D Director at CARMEUSE and also associate expert in continuing education at UCL


Pierre TOSSUT, is Group R&D Director at PURATOS, Agronomic Engineer (Gembloux Faculty of Agronomic Sciences - Gembloux Agro-Biotech), Post Graduate in Management (Solvay Business School-Cepac), Advancement Management Programme (INSEAD-Fontainebleau)


Ludo VANDERHEYDEN graduated from the UCL in 1974 as a civil engineering. He  enrolled at Yale University where he earned his PhD degree in Administrative Sciences in 1979. He taught for some ten years in the USA (Harvard and Yale) and then joined INSEAD in 1988 where he was co-dean from 1990 to 1995. Professor of Technology & Operations Management, he is the holder of the Solvay technological innovation chair and the Mubadala Chair in Corporate Governance & Strategy. Ludo Vanderheyden has published in many journals such as the Harvard Business Review, the International Commerce Review, the Family Business Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, Mathematics of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming and the International Journal of Game Theory.


Frédéric VAN MALLEGHEM, Director of CAMBIO Wallonia and Brussels, Managing director of Taxistop, graduate in Distribution/Marketing EPHEC (93), with an additional diploma in international advertising for the International Advertising Association (IAA) (93). He has also been a lecturer in training programmes for mobility consultants for the Walloon Region and Brussels Region since 2002.


Olivier WATHELET, Anthropologue, il travaille dans le secteur de l'innovation, en industrie et, plus largement, dans les secteurs créatifs. Il croit à la force de l'hybridation de l'anthropologie et du design pour inventer de nouveaux usages, services et produits. Et faire pivoter les organisations et les collectivités vers d'autres futurs.
Son activité se structure en deux pôles :
- Etudes et recherches ethnographiques dédiées à l'innovation et aux entreprises créatives, avec une prédilection pour les sujets concernant l'alimentation et le sensoriel ; le digital et l'expérience client.
- Pilotage et mise en oeuvre de démarches d'innovation centrées sur l'utilisateur, humain et usager, en couplant les outils du design aux méthodes de l'anthropologie

Julie HERMANS, est professeur en Entrepreneuriat et Innovation à l'UCLouvain, ainsi que professeur invité à l'Université de Namur et l'Université de Bordeaux. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur la poursuite de buts multiples dans un contexte entrepreunarial comme l'innovation (exploration vs.exploitation), la croissance (développement vs.consolidation), ou encore l'entreprenariat en équipe et les liens entre entrepreunariat et innovation technologique. Elle enseigne auprès d'étudiants de master et de formations post universitaires déjà impliqués dans la vie professionnelle.