Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut has experience as a manager and entrepreneur.  After training and a PhD as an engineer in robotics, software and artificial intelligence (KULeuven, Stanford University), he held management positions in small and large technology companies in the US and in Germany.  As CEO of a software startup, Stefaan went through the whole cycle from technology transfer, prototyping, attracting investors and international growth to a successful exit. He spent a year studying at Oxford University to prepare for his transition to the public sector.