Board of Governors

(Composition on 31 January 2018)
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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.


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.
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.
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.