Author: AIESEC Alumni Belgium

February 9, 2019

Get to know the nominees of the AIESEC Alumni Positive Impact Award!

Hélène Bastien

co-founder of FruitCollect and consultant in project management for Ormit

Hélène is a consultant in project management for Ormit Belgium. After her studies in political sciences during which she was involved in the local AIESEC committee of Saint-Louis, she started working in the philanthropic sectot at King Baudouin Foundation. Eager to learn something different and acquire new skills, she decided to participate in the Explort Program with the AWEX, she got to learn about international trade and went to London to study the market for a Walloon company. After these few experiences, she was hired at Ormit Belgium, a company which develops young talents in leaders.

Beside all this, she was part of the team who created FruitCollect in 2015. FruitCollect in a non-profit organization which fight against food waste by collecting non-consumed fruits in private orchards and redistribute them to other non-profit organization. Today, Fruitcollect is a reference in the fight against food waste in Brussels. In her speech titled “how to turn the fight against food waste into a business opportunity” Hélène will talk about how this idea became an enterprise and what it means to be a social entrepreneur.

 

Anis Bedda

Founder and transformer in chief at Transforma Bxl.

Anis is the founder of transforma bxl, a coworking and innovation space in Brussels. He also co-founded the Intrapreneurship Conference, the premier global gathering of Intrapreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs, innovation managers and innovation experts. The intrapreneurship conference is now known as Innov8rs.

In his student years Anis joined AIESEC and stayed an active member for 6 years. During these years, he passionately lived the leadership development experiences provided by this wonderful network and helped members and stakeholders develop and become change agents. This experience has shaped the man that he is todayand left him with one obsession: personal fulfilment at work.

In his speech titled “sustainable innovation, the new normal in doing business!”, Anis will explain to you how technology, entrepreneurship, and finance combined together can help us overcome the world’s biggest challenges and how he is helping startups that use technology to solve these challenges through the new acceleration program within Transforma Brussels called « ImpactTech ».

 

Nikolay A. Dentchecv

Co-founder at Equalisi and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at VUB

Nikolay is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and CSR at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he holds the Solvay Business School Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at VUB, with founding partners Close the Gap, BNP Paribas Fortis and Euroclear. The platform of the chair is open to support any social enterprise (34 projects supported in 1y5), and the platform has been adopted by 6 universities in Bolivia, Colombia en Ecuador). His research is published in various indexed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review; and it serves occasionally as guest editor to special issues in journals such as Business & Society and Journal of Cleaner Production.
Next to his profession of professor, Nikolay recently founded Equalisi, a social entreprize that brings high quality products of vulnerable entrepreneurs to the market. In his adres entitled « Positive Impact with Love to Base of the Pyramid of Entrepreneurs », Nikolay will explain to you the crucial role that social entrepreneurship plays for the creation of a positive impact in today’s society.

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General European Heat Pump Association

Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building in which both peacefully cooperate.

In his professional life, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the representation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stakeholders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the association and its future development.

Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integration of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences.

He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.

Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.
Thomas holds a university degree in business administration and economics.

In his speech titled “Its not a perpetuum mobile, but close”, Thomas will explain to you how an invention from the 19th century can help solve most of our energy problems”.

See you on March 7th to know the winner!

More information on the event on our Facebook page.

Tickets are available for purchase via this Eventbrite page.
February 9, 2019

At AAB, we believe that the AIESEC experience transformed the way our alumni see the world. It empowered them to become an agent of peace and positive impact in today’s society. AAB wishes to recognize the positive impact and efforts that our fellow alumni brought to our society so far during a yearly award ceremony.

This year, on the 7th of March, we will celebrate the second edition of this yearly award initiative. AAB in partnership with the the local entity of AIESEC IHECS will invite another serie of alumni to share with you how their AIESEC experience shaped their positive impact initiative. Through a short TEDx style speech, the nominated alumni will share their amazing stories on stage with you!

AAB is proud to announce that Michaël Bremans, former CEO of Ecover and AIESEC alumnus that was named Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment in 2008, will be our guest of honour for this year’s edition. In his keynote speech titled “the world is flat, pigs can fly and nuclear power is safe” Michaël will explain to you how Ecover became a market leader in ecological washing and cleaning products.

 

More information on our Facebook event.

Tickets are available for purchase via this Eventbrite page.
April 2, 2018

AAB General Assembly

What did happen for AAB in the past year ?

What did we do ? What were the results ?

What do we plan for the year ahead ?

Come to our general assembly to know more about it and to discuss further activities and opportunities!

Date:

May 3rd, 2018, from 7pm until 7.30pm

Place:

National office of AIESEC in Belgium, rue Voltastraat 8 – 1050 Brussels (Ixelles/Elsene)

How to get the invitation?

A convocation by email will be sent to the members formally enrolled since 2009 and to alumni who were regularly present at our events. In case you didn’t receive this email and are interested to join us, you are welcome to send us your membership request via this form so that we can make you a full member and grant you voting rights for the occasion.
Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions at alumni.aab@gmail.com

What more ?

The same day, the MC will host a barbecue dinner and tour in our alumni in their new office for the ones interested to discover their new environment!

February 8, 2018

On February 1st, we had the pleasure to welcome our alumni Hatim Frederic Richel to have a full presentation about Bitcoin. Our guest explained to the audience what is behind the Bitcoin fever and the blockchain technology.

Besides the presentation, we had the chance to have some books from Jean-Luc Verhelst for the ones who wanted to have deeper readings about the topic.

About Frederic:

Hatim Frederic Richel is currently a presales consultant and has been in the payment industry for over 10 years. He has been working in the payment industry in France, Morocco and Belgium, and has deep knowledge on mobile wallets, bankcards (prepaid, debit, credit), e-commerce, etc.
He is following the different market trends (wallets, general ledger/bitcoin, QR payments, PSD2, etc.) of all payment technologies.
He has been giving training for more than 5 years on payment solutions and has worked in the past as a back-office supervisor of a major Fuel card company.
He holds a degree in Commercial Engineering from HUB (EHSAL) – Brussels, Belgium.

 

About Jean-Luc:

Jean-Luc Verhelst is the author of Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond (2017). He works as a strategy and blockchain consultant for Monitor Deloitte and delivered multi-day trainings in EMEA and USA. He won the world’s largest blockchain hackathon of 2016 and his master thesis on Bitcoin received the award for best financial thesis of 2014 in Belgium. He founded the think-tank BlockchainHub Brussels and holds degrees in IT and Business. Most importantly, Jean-Luc has a real passion for Bitcoin, blockchains and how they will shape our future.

About his book:
Salt, shells, gold coins, paper money—currency has taken many forms over the centuries, but the next evolved version might be virtual, global, and decentralized. Cryptocurrency is the new-age, futuristic currency, and it may soon redefine our very understanding of money. This book takes you on a journey to the future of money and the blockchain universe. Starting from the basics, it moves on to explaining everything you need to know to make up your own mind on the potential, strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology.

February 8, 2018

Come to the traditional ice skating & raclette evening on Thursday March 1st, 2018.

You are welcome on the ice as of 6:30 PM to show off your skating skills and/or join us for a drink between 6:30 and 8:30 PM.

A Cheese Raclette Dinner will then be served around 8.30 PM.

Price (3 options):
Skate & Raclette (with 3 drinks/wine): 28.00 Euro
Raclette (with 3 drinks/ wine): 26.00 Euro
Skate alone (with drinks paid upon consumption): 3.00 Euro

All registrations details are on our Facebook event.

Please note that you can join also join us for a few drinks between 6.30 and 8.30pm. No prepayment is needed in this case.