Prof. dr. Dirk Buyens has been CEO at Great Place to Work® in Belgium since 2003. Dirk is Professor of Human Resources and Partner of Vlerick Business School. He obtained his PhD in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at Ghent University and holds an MBA degree from KU Leuven. He was a doctoral fellow at the IR Center of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Minnesota (USA). Dirk lives in East Flanders with his wife and children. He loves to spend time with his family and friends.
Veroniek De Schamphelaere has more than 10 years’ experience in Great Place to Work's® research. Veroniek is Manager at the HRM Centre and Lecturer at Vlerick Business School. She holds a university degree in Applied Economic Sciences (Ghent University). As an HR expert with extensive practical experience, Veroniek advises organisations on their HR development processes. Her leisure activities include reading, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Astrid joined the Great Place to Work® team in 2022, bringing years of experience in the Research For Business activities of Vlerick Business School. As manager, together with a great team of GPTW associates, she services clients to help them become Great Places to Work. Astrid holds a university degree in Business Economics (Ghent University). Having been responsible for Vlerick’s Centre for Excellence in Strategic Talent Management, she has a solid expertise on topics such as boosting employee engagement, maximizing human potential, and helping organisations become attractive employers.Astrid loves to dance ballet and spend time with family and friends in her leisure time.
Kristien Van Bruystegem joined Great Place to Work® in 2007. In this role, she manages the day-to-day activities of Great Place to Work's® research, supporting clients from an array of industries. Kristien is an expert in facilitating presentations and workshops for several target groups in an organisation. Before starting at Great Place to Work®, she was a consultant in the recruitment sector. Kristien lives in Flemish Brabant with her husband and three sons. In her leisure time, Kristien loves to catch up with family and friends.
Silke Meulemans joined Great Place to Work® as a Project Coordinator. She is responsible for the coordination of the Best Workplaces lists in Belgium, and she supports clients on their journey towards becoming a great workplace. Prior to joining Great Place to Work®, Silke was a learning & development manager in the retail sector. Silke graduated from KU Leuven with a Master in Sociology and a Master in Management. In her free time, Silke loves to cook and travel with friends and family.
Agustina joined Great Place to Work® as a Marketeer and Business Developer in 2021. She is responsible for the coordination of the Best Workplaces awards event in Belgium and the Employer Branding communication for organisations. Agustina holds a Master in International Marketing and Brand Management and has previous work experience as Marketing Advisor, Assistant Brand Manager and Assistant Event Manager. Next to her professional interests, she enjoys being with her family, friends and loves to travel to discover new places and cultures.
Fien joined Great Place to Work® as a Project Coordinator in 2021. She is responsible for the coordination of the Best Workplaces lists in Belgium and supports organisations on their journey towards becoming a great workplace. Fien holds a Master in I&O Psychology and has previous work experience as a wellbeing advisor. Next to her professional interests, she has been an active youth movement leader in the past. In her leisure time, Fien loves to cook, to catch up with friends and to improve her interior design skills.
Jessica joined the GPtW team in 2021 and is responsible for supporting the team with all kinds of administrative matters such as invoicing queries, event, and team meetings. Jessica, originally from Liverpool, England, holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has several years of experience working within administrative and healthcare environments. She has worked and travelled in various countries but now calls Ghent, Belgium, her home. She loves exercising, socialising, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
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