Overall coordination and leadership

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Estelle Cantillon is the academic coordinator of the Sustainable Development initiative and co-teaches the “Sustainable Development and Organisations” course in the BA in Business Engineering.

Estelle holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and is an FNRS Research Director and professor of economics at the ULB. She is also a member of the Energy and Climate Centre at the Toulouse School of Economics. Her research lies at the boundary between market design and industrial organisation and currently focuses on emissions markets and electricity market design. At SBS-EM, she has taught environmental economics for many years.

What drives me is the dual conviction that our teaching needs to reflect the current state of knowledge, and that business and policy are central to the transition towards a more sustainable way of living.


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Valérie De Cock is the project manager for the Sustainable Development initiative and contributes to the coordination of the Work & People Pathway.

Valerie is also a Ph.D. researcher and teaching assistant at the Solvay Brussels School. As an organisational psychologist and researcher, Valerie’s main interest is encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion in organisations. Before starting her Ph.D., Valerie was involved in several projects launched by the Vice Rector for Gender and Diversity in our university and in a research project funded by the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles on gender equality in universities.

The transition towards a more sustainable society and more sustainable businesses requires a revamp of our education system, enabling students to develop specific competencies in sustainability. For this reason, I am thrilled to be part of this initiative whose very mission is to be an agent of change in this process.


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Mathilde Ellyton contributes to the Sustainable Development Initiative as a pedagogical advisor at the Solvay Brussels School.

Mathilde was a primary school teacher for ten years. Driven by other professional aspirations, she returned to university and graduated with a master’s degree in Education in 2019. Her role as pedagogical advisor at the SBS-EM is to support the academic and scientific community in their teaching mission. She also collaborates with the Faculty's Career Service.

I think it is essential to reconcile sustainable development and education. We must provide students with the tools and concepts that will enable them to understand the world of tomorrow. I am delighted to participate in this major project.

Pathway coordinators

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WORK & PEOPLE

Valérie De Cock coordinates the Work & People Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering.

Valerie is also a Ph.D. researcher and teaching assistant at the Solvay Brussels School. As an organisational psychologist and researcher, Valerie’s main interest is encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion in organisations. Before starting her Ph.D., Valerie was involved in several projects launched by the Vice Rector for Gender and Diversity in our university and in a research project funded by the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles on gender equality in universities.

The transition towards a more sustainable society and more sustainable businesses requires a revamp of our education system, enabling students to develop specific competencies in sustainability. For this reason, I am thrilled to be part of this initiative whose very mission is to be an agent of change in this process.


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CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Marie-Paule Delplancke-Ogletree coordinates the Circular Economy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering where she teaches the “Industrial Applications of Chemistry” course, which is part of both the Circular Economy and Energy pathways.

Marie-Paule is a full Professor at the Brussels School of Engineering of the ULB. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the ULB and completed a post-doc at the University of California (Berkeley) in the laboratory of Professor Somorjai. Marie-Paule has been working on reactivity at interfaces over the past 36 years. She has been awarded research grants from the European Commission, national funding agencies as well as from the industry.

She is currently Vice-Dean for International Affairs at Brussels School of Engineering.


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ENERGY

Philippe Emplit coordinates the Energy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering and teaches the “Physique des technologies de l’information” course in this pathway.

Philippe is a Professor of Applied Physics at the Brussels School of Engineering at the ULB and holds a Ph.D. in Science. His recent research focuses on nonlinear guided wave photonics as well as on questions related to education strategy in higher education.

Philippe used to be Vice-rector of the ULB for Teaching & Learning.

Sharing knowledge and values is not about dividing them, it is about multiplying them


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ENERGY

Carole Thiriet coordinates the Energy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering together with Philippe Emplit.

Carole holds a Postgraduate Research Diploma in International and European Law and is a graduate of HEC Paris Business School. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the energy sector in France (Veolia, RTE, EDF), focusing on environmental issues with a systemic approach.

In the Sustainable Development initiative, students experiment with changing established patterns of thinking and with switching into a more creative state of mind. When we put curiosity, multidisciplinarity, critical thinking, ethics and sharing as the core values of education, our students become creators and builders of their own lives and of our common future





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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Philip Verwimp coordinates the Human Development Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering. Together with Dirk Jacobs he teaches Social and Economic Development in this pathway.

Philip is Professor of Development Economics at the ULB. He studied economics and sociology at the University of Antwerp, KU Leuven and the Georg-August University Göttingen. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the KU Leuven with a dissertation on development and genocide in Rwanda, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dercon and Prof. Berlage. His research concerns health, education, poverty and violent conflict in Africa as well as impact evaluations of public policies.

Philip was a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and a Fulbright Fellow at Yale University. He received the Award of the Auschwitz Foundation for his doctoral dissertation as well several other rewards. Philip co-founded and currently co-directs the Households in Conflict Network.

I want my students to challenge me to demonstrate the relevance of my course for their generation


Instructors

 



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CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY

Michel Allé teaches the “Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Seminar” course in the BA in Business Engineering.

A civil engineer and economist by training, Michel has had a long and diverse career in the private and public sectors (Science Policy Office, Belgian Railways, Brussels Airport, COBEPA). In the 1980’s, he was director of the National Energy Research Programme at the Science Policy Office. He is now an independent board member in several companies, and combines these responsibilities with his teaching and programme coordination roles at the Solvay Brussels School.

What motivates me is the desire to help students look resolutely into the future. Our energy sources have been fossil-based for too long just as our minds have also become fossilised in the way we think about energy. Science, facts and figures will be the key foundations for energy transition


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ENERGY - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Kenneth Bertrams teaches the “Histoire économique: sociétés, industrie, organisations” course. This course is part of both the Energy and the Human Development pathways in the BA in Business Engineering.

The current holder of the Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair in Business History at the Solvay Brussels School, Kenneth is professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the ULB and is an extraordinary professor at the University of Maastricht (endowed chair of History of Science and Technology). His research interests pertain to the fields of business and economic history and the history of science and technology.

I think that there is no such thing as lessons to be drawn from history. However, at the same time, I am convinced that learning (and teaching) history is the best antidote to fatalism. And this most certainly applies to climate change and the world we live in.




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CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Virginie Bruneau teaches the “Marketing Management” course which is part of the Circular Economy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering.

Virginie is currently a full-time professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain. Her main research interests include relationship marketing, customer loyalty and customer engagement. She has published academic papers in international journals such as the Journal of Business Research.

As a professor of marketing, I find it crucial to be part of SBS-EM’s Sustainable Development initiative. Marketing is all about creating value for society. Sustainability and ethics should play a significant role in this value creation process.



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CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY - WORK & PEOPLE

Estelle Cantillon co-teaches the “Sustainable Development and Organisations” course in the BA in Business Engineering. This course is an introduction to sustainable development and the role of organisations and governance as coordinating devices for collective action and innovation.

Estelle holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and is an FNRS Research Director and professor of economics at the ULB. She is also a member of the Energy and Climate Centre at the Toulouse School of Economics. Her research lies at the boundary between market design and industrial organisation and currently focuses on emissions markets and electricity market design. At SBS-EM, she has taught environmental economics for many years.

What drives me is the dual conviction that our teaching needs to reflect the current state of knowledge, and that business and policy are central to the transition towards a more sustainable way of living.



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WORK & PEOPLE

Pinar Celik teaches, the “Psychologie et Droit du travail “course together with Elise Dermine. This course is part of the Work & People pathway in the BA in Business Engineering.

Pinar is a professor at the Solvay Brussels School of the ULB. She studied Cultural and Religion Psychology (MA) and Social Psychology (M.Sc.) at Radboud University. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Tilburg University, and she did a doctoral stay at the Sorbonne. Her research lies at the intersection of social psychology and management, and revolves around various topics related to leadership, communication, diversity and creativity.

Building a sustainable future requires an understanding of the psychology of individuals in groups. As a professor of psychology, I hope to contribute to a future generation of leaders who are aware of the importance of mental health and well-being as key elements in the establishment of a truly sustainable society.



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Catherine Dehon is the academic director of the BA in Economics and the BA in Business Engineering. In this role she supports the instructors in their projects and facilitates the integration of the Sustainable Development initiative into the programme of the two bachelor programmes.

Catherine is a Professor of Statistics at the Solvay Brussels School. She holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the ULB and has been Vice-Rector for Institutional Relations and Prospective and Director of the Teaching Directorate at ULB. Her research spans robust statistics, data analysis and higher education policy.

Try not to become a (wo)man of success, but rather try to become a (wo)man of value – A. Einstein.



delplancke

CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY

Marie-Paule Delplancke-Ogletree coordinates the Circular Economy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering where she teaches the “Industrial Applications of Chemistry” course, which is part of both the Circular Economy and Energy pathways.

Marie-Paule is a full Professor at the Brussels School of Engineering of the ULB. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the ULB and completed a post-doc at the University of California (Berkeley) in the laboratory of Professor Somorjai. Marie-Paule has been working on reactivity at interfaces over the past 36 years. She has been awarded research grants from the European Commission, national funding agencies as well as from the industry. She is currently Vice-Dean for International Affairs at SBS-EM.




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WORK & PEOPLE

Elise Dermine teaches the “Psychologie et Droit du travail” course together with Pinar Celik. This course is part of the Work & People pathway in the BA in Business Engineering.

Elise is a Professor at the Law Faculty of the ULB and is a founding member of TRANSFO (the Research Centre for Social Change). She holds a Ph.D. in Legal Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain. Her research focuses on people working outside the protection of labour law (e.g. social security recipients forced to work in exchange for their social benefits, atypical workers, etc.), and on the transformations of the social state and fundamental social rights.

Elise has also launched a street law clinic in social law.

 



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ENERGY

Philippe Emplit coordinates the Energy Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering and teaches the “Physique des technologies de l’information” course in this pathway.

Philippe is a Professor of Applied Physics at the Brussels School of Engineering at the ULB and holds a Ph.D. in Science. His recent research focuses on nonlinear guided wave photonics as well as on questions related to education strategy in higher education.

Philippe used to be Vice-rector of ULB for Teaching & Learning.

Sharing knowledge and values is not about dividing them, it is about multiplying them.



haelterman

ENERGY

Marc Haelterman teaches the “Connaissances Fondamentales et Eléments Physique” course in the Energy pathway of the BA in Business Engineering.

Marc is a full Professor at the Brussels School of Engineering and at the Solvay Brussels School. Marc has been conducting research in the field of laser physics and light-matter interactions for more than 30 years, as well as in the field of artificial intelligence. He has received several national and international awards for the quality of his research.

Marc set up the educational CliPeDia project and has received the “Socrates” teaching prize from the ULB in 2005.

I am driven by the idea that we have no choice but to put science and economics together to tackle the big ecological challenges we face today.




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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Dirk Jacobs teaches the “Economic and Social development” course, together with Philip Verwimp . This course is in the Human Development Pathway of the BA in Business Engineering.

Dirk is a full Professor in Sociology at the ULB. He is the director of EBxl, the ULB network of Brussels studies, is a former director of GERME (Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality) and is affiliated to the ‘Institut de Sociologie’. Dirk is a specialist in the fields of the political participation of ethnic minorities, integration policy and educational sociology. His research focuses on ethnic minorities, ethnocentrism and political sociology. He is a former ERC grant recipient.

It is tempting to look at the transition towards a sustainable society as primarily being a technocratic challenge. However, reform and regulation will only succeed if the sociological dimensions of policy change (ideas, interests and institutions) are taken into account.



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WORK & PEOPLE

Youri L. Mora is a teaching assistant in the Work & People Pathway in the BA of Business Engineering. Youri is a Ph.D. candidate in social cognition at the ULB Faculty of Psychology and Education.

Youri’s research focuses on the influence of gender-neutral language on gender stereotypes. He is interested in mixed models and has participated in research examining how to approach statistical outliers and parametric statistical assumptions.

The field of psychology has an important role to play in the promotion and development of sustainable development in society. For example, it offers ways of understanding the multiple processes at work in terms of gender, race and class relationships.




rongy

CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY

Laurence Rongy teaches the General Chemistry course, together with Thierry Visart de Bocarmé. This course is part of the Circular Economy and the Energy pathways in the BA in Business Engineering.

Laurence is a Professor of Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences and at the Solvay Brussels School. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the ULB and completed post-docs at Harvard (on a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation) and Yale. Laurence currently leads a research group within the Non-linear Physical Chemistry Unit of the ULB. Her research mainly focuses on understanding the effect of transport processes on chemical reactions, which is essential in particular for optimizing the geological sequestration of CO2.

Sustainability is a global issue in which chemistry plays a crucial role, one which is also bound up with physical, human and economic concepts. Discussing these in an integrated way with the team and the students is an incredibly interesting and a meaningful experience.



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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Sarah Rosenberg is a teaching assistant in the Human Development Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering.

Sarah is a Ph.D. student in Applied Microeconomics at the ULB, conducting research focusing on understanding household decisions related to gender, including work, fertility, and marriage. She is a dual-citizen of the United States and Sweden and has spent time living in both countries.

My personal experience and research have underscored the importance of drawing on different perspectives to understand how to solve a problem, and have taught me that there are few global problems more pressing than furthering sustainability.




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CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY - WORK & PEOPLE

Bruno van Pottelsberghe co-teaches the “Sustainable Development and Organisations” and “Theory of innovation and entrepreneurship” courses in the BA in Business Engineering.

Bruno is a full-time Professor and holds the Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation at the ULB. Bruno’s research focuses on the effectiveness of science and technology policies, on patent policies, regulations and innovation.

Bruno is also Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think-tank and has been advising the President and Rector of the ULB on technology transfer issues since 2004. He was the Chief Economist at the European Patent Office (EPO) from 2005 to 2007 and was Dean of SBS-EM between 2011 and 2017.

Getting involved in the Sustainable Development initiative is exciting for two reasons: first, it is really enjoyable to join a collective project that aims to connect the dots with other courses in the programme; second, it started a learning journey.




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WORK & PEOPLE

Michel Verstraeten teaches the “Gestion des ressources et des relations humaines” course in the Work & People Pathway of the BA in Business Engineering.

Michel is a Professor of Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Science. Before joining the School, Michel worked as a consultant for 10 years. His main research interests are leaders’ legitimacy, team efficiency and the evolution of skill requirements in a digitalising world.

I am convinced that in order to develop sustainable businesses, big and medium organisations have to move away from bureaucratic processes and mindsets. Moreover, our future leaders, today’s students, will have to find alternatives to poor added value processes (both economic and social) and to ‘junk jobs’, all of which have a detrimental impact on the future of businesses and on our society as a whole.


verwimp

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Philip Verwimp coordinates the Human Development Pathway in the BA in Business Engineering. Together with Dirk Jacobs he teaches Social and Economic Development in this pathway.

Philip is Professor of Development Economics at the ULB. He studied economics and sociology at the University of Antwerp, KU Leuven and the Georg-August University Göttingen. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the KU Leuven with a dissertation on development and genocide in Rwanda, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dercon and Prof. Berlage. His research concerns health, education, poverty and violent conflict in Africa as well as impact evaluations of public policies.

Philip was a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation and a Fulbright Fellow at Yale University. He received the Award of the Auschwitz Foundation for his doctoral dissertation as well several other rewards. Philip co-founded and currently co-directs the Households in Conflict Network.

I want my students to challenge me to demonstrate the relevance of my course for their generation.



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CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY

Thierry Visart de Bocarmé teaches the General Chemistry course together with Laurence Rongy. This course is part of the Circular Economy and Energy pathways in the BA in Business Engineering.

Thierry is a Professor of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science and at the Solvay Brussels School. Thierry holds a Ph.D. from the ULB and completed a post-doc at the University of Oxford, funded by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation. Today, he leads a team focused on surface science and catalysis (ChemSIN-Catalysis) at the Faculty of Science at the ULB. His main research domains are inorganic chemistry and catalysis with a focus on automotive pollution control.

I am convinced that integrating sustainable development into the courses of the Solvay Brussels School enables the key players of tomorrow to ensure a better life for our children and grandchildren.




owi

CIRCULAR ECONOMY – ENERGY

Olivier Witmeur, co-teaches ‘Theory of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ in the BA in Business Engineering.

Olivier Witmeur is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship from the ULB. His current research interests are entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and strategy in entrepreneurial ventures. Olivier is also Deputy Dean for Executive Education and academic director of Start.LAB, the incubator for student-entrepreneurs at ULB.

Prior to joining the Solvay Brussels School, Olivier was CFO at OpenHR, Managing Director at EEBIC (an incubator in Brussels) and adviser to the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Brussels Capital Region.

At the micro-level, entrepreneurs are the change-makers who can lay the foundations for a better future. The current generation of first-time entrepreneurs is deeply involved in the search for new solutions to current sustainability challenges. In our courses and at the Start.LAB, we are excited and proud to help them make this process quicker, more effective, more robust, thus creating greater impact

Updated on June 5, 2020