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Ruben Lieten's story: From PhD scientist to entrepreneur

Ruben Lieten was a highly-qualified research scientist, working in the super high-tech field of semiconductors. He had always wanted to start something on his own – but thought he lacked the business knowledge to make a success of it. 

Maria Garcia's story: From finance manger to innovation strategist

Maria Garcia Salmones studied engineering before moving into finance and risk management roles at Euroclear, a Belgian financial services company. But by 2016, she was ready for a career change. This took her to Vlerick – and the Executive MBA.

Benoît's story: From employment & labor lawyer to employee relations manager

Benoît Hansez was working as a employment and labor lawyer, advising corporations – but never truly becoming involved in implementing ideas or creating strategy and resolving day-to-day issues of employees.

Sara's story: From middle manager to global director

In 2016, Sara Lesina was a marketer at agricultural giant Cargill. She liked the company and her role – but after seven years at the organisation, she was starting to feel restless about her future.

Sebastien's story: From emergency medicine doctor to medical director

Sebastian Spencer already had an impressive resumé when he decided to take part in an Executive MBA programme at Vlerick. A specialist medical doctor, university lecturer and instructor, he had just transitioned from a Head of Emergency Medicine position to become the Medical Director of a 500-bed hospital in Brussels.

Floris De Smet's story: From veterinarian to entrepreneur

Floris De Smet has spent his professional life as a highly-trained scientist, dedicated to taking care of animals. But he’s always nurtured entrepreneurial ambitions too. So in 2018 he decided to make the leap and join the Executive MBA at Vlerick. Two years on, he is almost ready to graduate – and turn his entrepreneurial dreams into reality. 

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