Women in Tech 2019

In this edition of Women in Tech we got to step out of our comfortzone. The speakers really inspired, encouraged and empowered all of us. We celebrated the increasing gender diversity in technology. The evening was accompanied by a drink and a sweet bite, in the lovely setting of the University halls in Leuven.

This event was a succes thanks to the amazing speakers and the sponsors. Check out the pictures below!

     Universiteitshallen Leuven

     Passed

Speakers

Ingrid Ilsbroux

With master’s degrees in physics (ULB), Space Science (ULg) and a Space Executive MBA from the International Space University (ISU), Caroline has also been an astronaut candidate at the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2011, Caroline Co-Founded Satellite Service Provider, SatADSL, which designsinnovative satellite networking solutions for areas where terrestrial infrastructure is not reliable. She has a wide experience in the telecommunications, broadband network and space industries at a technical and management level as she has worked with various telecommunication and Service companies that include SpaceChecker, Space Applications Services, Sea&Space Exploration etc. Today, she is not only the company’s talks person responsible for Public Relations, she mainly acts as Chief Operations Officer and leads a multicultural and multinational team of network officers.

An Tanghe

An’s first diploma is an engineering degree, but her educational and career path covers all stages and corners of the innovation value chain. She worked in academic, private and public environments, both in research and business driven positions. Throughout, the intersection of health, technology and innovation became her favourite habitat. She is a knowledge broker and people connector by nature. Her testimonial will be a plea for daring to create passion-driven inter-disciplinary crossovers and for a lifelong following of your evolving interests and talents.

Nele Van Beveren

After graduating as Master of Science in Engineering, Computer Science at KULeuven, Nele decided to first gain business knowledge. Nele started as an analyst at Middle Office (for the dealing room), working very close together with IT. A way of collaboration she became passionate about, ‘working in short cycles, resulting in value early in the project, efficiently, in a fun way’. The business knowledge and technical background helped Nele a lot in taking up different IT functions later on. Nele wants to help youngsters be prepared to create the future world. A world full of technology and with a clear presence of women in technology. As one of the ladies who made it into the top5 of the DataNews SheGoesICT-contest in 2017, she wants to spread her enthusiasm. Together with other SheGoesICT-finalists and with Dwengo vzw, she founded WeGoSTEM, a yearly initiative that enables 7500 children to immerse themselves in STEM by building an art robot in the classroom, during EU CodeWeek.

Katrien Herdewyn

After studying engineering and footwear design, Katrien Herdewyn decided to start her own company, Elegnano, combining her two passions: High Tech & High Heels. Five years later she is still making the world (from Belgium to Silicon Valley) more beautiful with science and shoes.

Dorien Van Steenberge

After graduating commercial engineering at Ghent University, Dorien ended up working at Accenture. Both personally as professionally, she doesn’t do things by halves. She gives 100% as a Technology team lead, wellbeing ambassador and role model for women in IT. As one of the Top 5 Young ICT Ladies of the Year 2019, Dorien uses her passion for people and technology to inspire rather than impress.

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