As a participant in the mHealth Hackathon you’ll have a chance to pitch your work to the key people and decision makers in Belgium’s (digital) health ecosystem, representing venture capital, entrepreneurial management, the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance and government. More jury members (representing patient associations) will be announced soon!


kgKatrin Geyskens – Partner, Capricorn Venture Partners. Katrin is a commercial engineer from the KULeuven (Belgium) and has obtained an MBA degree from the Chicago Booth School of Business (USA). Katrin Geyskens has banking experience from CERA Bank (currently KBC Bank, Belgium) and Merrill Lynch (London, UK). She also worked as a Management Consultant for A.T.Kearney throughout Europe and South-Africa and was involved with the start-up of a Benelux Venture Services firm. Katrin is responsible for investments in private ICT/ technology companies and venture funds.


ssShahram Sharif – CEO & Founder Lindacare. Shahram Sharif has 18 years of corporate and entrepreneurial management experience in the tech and healthcare sectors. He currently leads Lindacare, a venture funded digital health startup that has its roots in a hackathon (Hack for Health). Shahram is on a mission to create ventures and innovative products to help people and organizations improve health and well-being.



crCatherine Rutten – CEO at pharma.be, the Belgian Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry. Catherine Rutten received her law degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) (1992) and holds an LL.M. (1993) in European Law from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a LL.M. (1994) in Intellectual Property Law from the London School of Economics. She began her career in 1994 as a lawyer at the Brussels Bar, advising clients on media, telecommunications, IP/IT and commercial law at Loeff Claeys Verbeke. In 1997 she joined BT where she was in charge of regulatory affairs in Belgium and Luxembourg and member of the Management Team. In 2013, she was appointed CEO at pharma.be


SONY DSC Ri De Ridder – Director General at RIZIV-INAMI, the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance. Dr Ri De Ridder is in charge of the department Medical Care at RIZIV-INAMI. RIZIV-INAMI is a public social security institution that manages and supervises the compulsory health care and benefits insurance in Belgium. The NIHDI consists of ± 1 400 staff members executing very diverse tasks: doctors, social inspectors, pharmacists, social workers, jurists, translators, computer scientists, actuaries, economists, nurses, technical workers, administrative staff, etc.


xbXavier Brenez – CEO at Union Nationales des Mutualités Libres / Landsbond van de Onafhankelijke Ziekenfondsen (MLOZ). The MLOZ groups 6 apolitical health insurance funds and has more than 2 million members in Belgium. Xavier Brenez was appointed CEO in 2010. Earlier, he was CEO of Euromut (now part of MLOZ).




lhLaurent Hublet – Advisor in charge of Digital Agenda at Belgian Federal Government – Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Laurent Hublet is also an Angel Investor and experienced in new business development and operational transformation in B2C sectors (Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Energy, Social Impact). He is passionate about new ideas and making them a reality.



stijn2Stijn Deceukelier – Director at Diabetes Liga, one of the largest chronic disease related association in Belgium. Stijn has been the director of the Diabetes Liga for 16 years and in this position, he is involved in several steering committees and associations that are active in health, such as the ‘Observatorium Chronisch Zieken’, Vlaams Patiëntenplatform, VIGEZ (Vlaams Instituut voor Gezondsheidspromotie en ziektepreventie), and VOKA Health Community.



fpFrank Ponsaert & Diane Kleinermans – Advisors to Minister for Social Security & Public Health Maggie De Block