Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of the non-profit organization (a.s.b.l.) WEL Research Institute comprises representatives from the industry, academia and the government.

Board of Directors

  • President: Jean Stéphenne
  • Vice-President: Pierre Lekeux

Representatives of the Walloon government

  • Vinciane Grimard, representing the Minister for the Economy
  • Catherine Dath, representing the Minister for Research 
  • Christopher Sortino, representing the Minister-President

Representatives of the financial and industrial sector 

  • Jean Stéphenne, Member of the board of several biotech companies 
  • Gwenaëlle De Keyser, Head of Public Private Partnerships, UCB BioPharma
  • Joëlle Van Malderen, Head of AWA Benelux and Head of AWA Switzerland, AWA
  • Marc Van Den Neste, Founder and administrator, EKOSYS

Academic experts

  • Pierre Lekeux, Professor, ULiège
  • Philippe Lambin, Professor, UNamur

Representatives from the universities in the French Community

  • Jean-Christophe Renauld, Prorecteur Recherche, UCLouvain
  • Marius Gilbert, Vice-recteur à la Recherche et à la Valorisation, ULB
  • Ruddy Wattiez, Vice-recteur à la Recherche, UMons

Secrétaire Général du Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS)

  • Véronique Halloin, Secrétaire Générale

Representative of the Walloon Public Service

  • Jean-François Heuse, Inspecteur Général

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