Results of the Philippe de Woot Award 2020

Louvain-La-Neuve, Mons

Philippe de Woot Award Ceremony 2020

HEC Liège-School of Management of the University of Liège hosted the 6th Philippe de Woot International Award Ceremony. Given the sanitary conditions, this 2020 edition, initially planned for last March, took place virtually on November 10th. This was a first since the creation of the Prize 10 years ago.

This year’s Prize was awarded to LINE DIDELOT, a graduate of ICHEC, for her thesis entitled: "How can migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers through skill development and employment be integrated in Greek society by means of a centre for displaced persons in Athens, Greece? The ANKAA Project".

"The jury particularly appreciated the fact that the societal challenge of migration management is being approached from the original perspective of social entrepreneurship organizational models. It also underlined the relevance of the systemic approach deployed in the thesis, and its concrete and particularly inspiring results," emphasized Virginie Xhauflair, co-chair of the juries.

The laureate wins a prize of 3,000 euros, half of which will be invested in an environmental or social project of her choice. This logically went to the ANKAA project.

"Winning the Philippe de Woot Prize was a very nice surprise," Line said. "I am particularly happy and proud for this recognition of my graduate thesis, which allows me to highlight a current and crucial concern: migration and the importance of social inclusion".

During the ceremony, Valérie Swaen underlined the importance of teaching the values of CSR and sustainable development, made even more necessary by the current crisis, which shows the vulnerability of our modern society: "The difficult conditions we are experiencing today can be an opportunity to reshape higher education. We need to question our teaching practices. Interdisciplinarity, the use of active teaching methods that encourage creativity, students’ reflection and emotional engagement, strengthened collaborations and partnerships with businesses, NGOs, public institutions: these are some of the pathways towards a true understanding of sustainability. »

Rob Hopkins, Founder and leader of the Transition Movement and guest speaker of the evening, then shared his original and powerfully motivating vision of things around two words that open many doors: "what if...". "To face the climate and ecological emergency, to move things forward and change behaviors," he stressed, "we must create a collective desire through the power of imagination and narration". His speech was widely applauded by the 200 or so participants at the evening.

To see again this event, we invite you to watch the following video: 

Organization et nominees

HEC Liège received over 42 applications, which were evaluated by two juries: an academic jury and a jury of stakeholders, chaired by Professors Virginie Xhauflair (HEC Liège) and Valérie Swaen (UCLouvain-LSM).

Six graduate theses were shortlisted by the academic jury, after which 4 nominees were selected for 3 projects:

Daniel Asger Caceres Larsen and Rasmus Grand Berthelsen (Copenhagen Business School - Denmark) for their graduate thesis entitled:

“Collaborative Quest for Higher Yields: A Conceptual Framework for Evaluating Market-Driven Development Interventions by Cross-Sector Partnerships”

Isaline Thirion (HEC Liège - University of Liège) for her graduate thesis entitled:

“How to drive impact performance in an impact-first investment fund, considering an impact-based financial reward scheme in particular?”

Line Didelot (ICHEC - Belgium) for her graduate thesis entitled:

"How can migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers through skill development and employment be integrated in Greek society by means of a centre for displaced persons in Athens, Greece? The ANKAA Project".

To know more about the preselected master theses, please refer you to this page.