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.
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.
Valérie Verlinden is a Project Coordinator at Great Place to Work® in Belgium. Valérie is responsible for the coordination of the Best Workplaces lists in Belgium, and she supports organisations on their journey towards becoming a great workplace. Before joining the Great Place to Work® team, Valérie was a programme manager at Vlerick Business School. Prior to that, Valérie obtained a Master in Communication. In her leisure time, Valérie loves to run, play tennis and spend time with her friends.
Robyn Schoubben joined the Great Place to Work® team following the completion of her internship in organisational psychology at KU Leuven in 2017. Robyn is responsible for the coordination of the Best Workplaces lists in Belgium and supports organisations on their journey towards becoming a great workplace. She has broadened her brief to take responsibility for our digital presence and marketing approach. In her spare time, Robyn enjoys cooking, travelling and music.
Sumita Tilkin joined Great Place to Work® as Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for the back-office and provides general support. Before joining Great Place to Work®, she gained most of her experience working for a ‘big 4’-company. Sumita holds a Bachelor in Office Management – Management Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, taking photos and spending time with her family and friends.
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