Board of Governors

(Composition on 16 October 2016)
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Cathy Berx*
Member since 20 May 2008
Appointed by the province of Antwerp
Cathy Berx (Berchem, January 8, 1969) is Governor of the province of Antwerp. She received her law degree in 1993 from the University of Antwerp, where she also obtained a doctorate in public law. In this particular area, she published several books. Cathy Berx teaches as a professor at the University of Antwerp since 2000. She represented CD&V in the Flemish Parliament and was advisor to former Prime Minister Yves Leterme.


Karel Baert*
Member since 8 Jan 2014
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Karel Baert (1960) is Partner at Egon Zehnder, where he started working in 2000. He earned a Master in Law at the University of Leuven, and has participated in the Foreign Lawyers Program of the DAAD in Bonn, Germany. He started his career as an attorney with Loeff Claeys Verbeke (now Allen & Overy) in Brussels. Later on, he held several management positions in corporate and retail banking with Deutsche Bank and Bpost Bank, where he was managing director.
Herman Van Goethem *
Member since 19 Oct 2016
Appointed by the University of Antwerp
Herman Van Goethem (1958) is rector of the University of Antwerp. He completed a PhD in Law and obtained a Master in History. Currently he teaches among other “Political and institutional history of Belgium” and “History and art”. Since 2013, he is curator and Managing Director of Kazerne Dossin. As an author he has been awarded for several of his scientific publications, that often also reach a wider audience.


Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux
Member since 21 Oct 2015
Appointed by the "Académie de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur"
Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux ( 1981) studied animal health at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)and Université de Liège (ULg), and obtained his PhD on the pathology of Trypanosoma evansi at the ULg in 2009. He studied "Agricultural Economics and Sociology" at ULg and UCL (2010). After his postdoctoral research in Vietnam (2012) on the evaluation of epizootic control (in collaboration with the French research centre CIRAD), he was appointed as First Assistant in tropical animal health at ULg. He leads or participates in several research projects in Africa, South East Asia and South America. The projects focus on the economics of animal health and livestock production.
Yolande Avontroodt*
Member since 21 Oct 2015
Appointed by the Federal Public Service Health, Food chain safety and Environment
Yolande Avontroodt (1950) is chair of the General Management committee of National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) and councilor or the province of Antwerp. She obtained her degree as Doctor in Medicine at the University of Ghent in 1975, and specialized in Occupational Medicine in 1978 at the KU Leuven. Next to her medical career from 1975 until 1990, she was also a member of the Federal Parliament (1999-2010), president of the Public Health Committee and Mayor of Schilde.
Patrick De Baetselier
Member since 25 Mar 2003
Appointed by the University of Brussels (VUB)
Patrick De Baetselier (1950) was until the end of 2016 Head of unit “Cellular and Molecular Biology, CMIM”, related to the Bio-Engineering Sciences department of the University of Brussels. He obtained his PhD at the VUB in 1977 and worked until 1980 as post-doctoral researcher at the Cell Biology department in the Weizmann Institute (Israel). The emeritus professor at the VUB was also director of the interuniversity master’s program in Molecular Biology, which is organized within the interuniversity development program. Between 2007 and 2011, P. De Baetselier was dean of the faculty Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences. Afterwards he became Vice-Rector Research Policy.
Linda De Kock
Member since 20 Oct 2008
Appointed by the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training
Linda De Kock (1961) obtained a master in Geographic Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a master in Government Management at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is adviser for higher education at the department of Education and Training. Her main subjects are financing, internationalization of higher education, and structure and organization.
Kathleen D'Hondt
Member since 18 Dec 2007
Appointed by the Flemsih Ministry of Economy, Foreign Policy, Agriculture and Rural Policy
Kathleen D’Hondt (1964) is a policy advisor at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She is also researcher at the department of Economics, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government. She completed a PhD at the university of Ghent in Plant Genetic Systems, and afterwards took some time to perform postgraduate research.
Bruno Gryseels*
Member since 1995
Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine
Bruno Gryseels (1954) studied medicine at the State University of Ghent (1972- 1979), and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the ITM in Antwerp (1979). He obtained his PhD at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) in 1990. After his studies he joined the ITM as a researcher in the Department of Tropical Pathology. In 1980-1981 he worked for ITM at the Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Zaire in Kinshasa, where he taught parasitology and took part in diagnostic duties including population screening for sleeping sickness. Read more.
Jan Philippé*
Member since 23 Oct 2012
Appointed by the University of Ghent
Jan Philippé works in the laboratory of clinical biology at the Ghent University Hospital and teaches medical laboratory at the university of Ghent. He studied medicine, surgery and obstetrics at the University of Antwerp and obtained a certificate in tropical medicine at the ITM. He also specialized in laboratory medicine, medical and pharmaceutical research, and biomedical sciences. He worked as a doctor in Zaire and taught at the National University of Rwanda. Jan Philippé published more than 100 international papers on hematology and tropical medicine.
Bruno van der Pluijm
Member since 19 Oct 2016
Appointed by the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign trade and Development Cooperation
Bruno van der Pluijm (1960) entered the Belgian Foreign Service in 1991. On August 1st 2016, he took up a new mandate as Director General in charge of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. Prior to this, M. van der Pluijm served as Ambassador of Belgium to Canada (2010-2014) and to Tunisia (2014-2016). Between 1994 and 2005, he served as a diplomatic collaborator in various postings. M. van der Pluijm holds a degree in classical philology from Antwerp University (UA, 1980) and Leuven University (KUL, 1982). Before entering the Foreign Service, he was active for a number of years in the areas of Latin and Ancient Greek at a college in the wider Antwerp region.
Jo Robays
Member since 25 May 2016
Appointed by the Federal Public Service Science Policy
Jo Robays (1966) graduated as doctor in medicine in 1991 at the Leuven University (KUL). After obtaining the diploma in tropical medicine at ITM he joined Doctors without Borders, working in Zaire and Ethiopia, and conflict areas in Angola, Somalia and Rwanda. In 2008 he followed the Master in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked as an assistant/researcher for ITM and completed a PhD with a study on sleeping sickness control. After 18 months at the European Commission, he worked for the Federal Knowlegde Center for Health Care. In July 2016 he returned to Doctors without Borders, where he now works at the medical unit, focusing mainly on vector-borne diseases and antibiotics resistance.
Anne Van Autreve
Member since 18 Dec 2013
Appointed by the flemish Public Service, department International Flanders
Anne Van Autreve (1966) spent 10 years working as an agricultural engineer for the TRIAS NGO in Honduras. In 2001 she left TRIAS for a new career in the Flemish administration in Brussels, where she coordinated the internal environmental policy for 8 years. In 2009, Anne Van Autreve became Head of Division in the Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA). Since April 1, 2014, FICA is part of the Flemish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where Anne is Head of the Development Co-operation Division. As of 1 May 2017 she is Head of Department of Public Governance and the Chancellery.
Chris Vander Auwera
Member since 17 Dec 2014
Appointed by the Federal Public Service for Health, Food chain safety and Environment
Chris Vander Auwera (1947) is the former Administrator-General of the Agency for Care and Health. Prior to this function, he was Director-General of the Healthcare Administration. Before that, he was responsible for budget, accountancy, ITC and logistics of the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Culture, and secretary of the Direction Committee. He was attached to the cabinet of Minister Rika Steyaert and Minister Hugo Weckx. In that capacity he contributed to several decrees, including exceptional youth support, preventive health care, medically responsible sporting activities and forensic care.
Johan Van Eldere*
Member since 19 Oct 2016
Appointed by the University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Johan Van Eldere (1958) studied medicine at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and was research fellow at the Rega Institute for Medical Research (Leuven) until 1988 and at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (Oxford, UK) until 1993. He specialized in clinical microbiology and laboratory medicine at KU Leuven and became Head of the laboratory of clinical bacteriology and mycology at that same university from 1993 onwards. In 2014 he became medical director of the University Hospital Leuven.

Coopted members

Luc Bertrand
Member since 8 Jan 2014
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Luc Bertrand (1951) graduated in 1974 as a commercial engineer at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He began his career at Bankers Trust, and has been with Ackermans & van Haaren since 1986. In May 2016 he let the function of CEO to his successor and became chairman of the board of directors of AvH, of which he was member ever since 1985. He is also chairman of, amongst others, DEME and Dredging International, director at CFE and Sipef, and mandates as director at ING Belgium. Luc Bertrand is also member of the board of several other non-profit organizations and public institutions, such as KU Leuven and Museum Mayer van den Bergh.
Anne Chapelle
Member since 21 Oct 2015
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Anne Chapelle (1958) began her professional career as a nurse and successfully evolved to a researcher in tropical medicine. At the age of 22 she left for Congo for an assignment for ITM. She provided medical assistance and managed critical prevention services working closely with women, children, and families to fight tuberculosis, leprosy and aids. Upon her return she obtained a neonatology degree at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. She continued her career in the pharmaceutical industry in several leadership roles that focused of the application of nuclear technologies. In 1994 A. Chapelle become CEO of BVBA 32, the company behind the fashion labels Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Achermann.
Ajit Shetty
Member since 26 Feb 2014
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Ajit Shetty (1946) was president of the Board of Directors at Janssen Pharmaceutica until he retired in 2012. He also served as Corporate Vice President Enterprise Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson in the United States. Ajit Shetty worked a total of 36 years at Johnson & Johnson in various functions. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University where he completed a doctorate in metallurgy.
Elies Van Belle
Member since 28 Feb 2014
Appointed by the Board of Governors
Elies Van Belle (1974) is a medical advisor and program coordinator at Memisa, an NGO dedicated to medical development. Previously she worked as a medical expert for Médecins du Monde in Congo, Ivory Coast, Angola and Afghanistan. She studied general medical practice at the KU Leuven and acquired a postgraduate degree in tropical medicine and a master in public health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine.


Johan Dhondt**
Appointed by the Flemish Minister of Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels
Johan Dhondt (1954) is Government Commisioner since December 2006. He holds the same office at the University Association Brussels, the Faculty for Protestant Theology Brussels and the Institute of Tropical Medicine. Since 2011 he is also the president of the College of Government Commisioners. Previously he was lector at the Higher State Institute for Economic, Paramedic and Social Higher Education (1976 - 1979), led the Unit of Nursing and Care of the OCMW Deinze (1979 - 1985) and was First Auditor-Revisor of the Court of Auditors (1985 - 2006). Johan Dhondt holds a Master Degree in Government Sciences and obtained a Postgraduate Degree Management Informatics. He previously obtained a degree in general nursing.
Jean-Christophe Donck**
Appointed by the Board of Governors
After graduating as a business engineer at the Solvay Business School in Brussels , Jean-Christophe Donck moved to New York and worked in finance for several years. After a MBA at INSEAD near Paris, he re-oriented his career towards the innovation-driven pharma and biotech sector. Jean-Christophe Donck took on a broad range of global roles (such as Merger & Acquisitions, HR, communications, investor relations, strategic planning, site & production management) with UCB and Innogenetics in Belgium and in the USA. In 2015 Jean-Christophe Donck decided to give a new turn to his career and started as General Manager at ITM in Antwerp.
Bart Criel
Representative of the staff of ITM
Appointed by the senior academic, scientific and medical staff
Bart Criel graduated as a Medical Doctor at the KU Leuven in 1981 and obtained a diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at ITM in the same year. In 1989, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1998, he finished his PhD at the VUB on the subject of district-based health insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bart Criel has 17 years of experience working as a Medical Officer in the former Zaire for the Belgian Technical Cooperation (1983-1990). In 1990, he joined ITM. He is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Unit of Health Financing, Department of Public Health. As co-director of the Master in Public Health, he is responsible for course management and teaching policies, in addition to teaching several modules.
(* ) Member of the Bureau and the Board of Directors
(**) Observer in the Bureau and the Board of Directors