Françoise Roels

Françoise Roels (°1961) is ChieF Corporate Affairs officer & Secretary General of Cofinimmo sa, in charge of legal affairs, human resources, regulatory affairs, corporate governance, risk management and compliance.  She is an executive member of the Board of Directors of Cofinimmo. After having obtained a Master in Law and in FiscalAffairs  she started her career as tax advisor with Loyens in charge of a clients’ portfolio.  After a two years stay with Loyens she joined JP Morgan where she was appointed Vice-President, Head of the Tax department of JP Morgan’s Brussels Banking division and Euroclear. From ’98 to 2004 she worked at Belgacom, first as Tax Director then as Corporate Governance & Participations Director. In that capacity she actively participated at the launch of the IPO.Françoise is Executive Board member of Cofinimmo, Board member of Aspria BV;  Independent Board member of SIA, Board member of Women on Board. Françoise is member of the “Instituut van bedrijfsconsulenten” and of the Warande.

Emmanuele Attout

Emmanuèle Attout (°1959) is co-founder and director of Women on Board. Economist at heart, she made her whole professional career at PwC where she was an audit partner from 1994 to 2014, in charge of audits of a range of clients including pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, banks, insurance companies, investment funds and asset managers; specialised in listed companies and in corporate governance she is bringing substantial relevant experience to Boards and to the Audit Committees. Emmanuèle is an independent non-executive director, chair of the audit committee, of Oxurion NV, Atenor SA and Schréder SA. She serves also the Board of Toutes à l’école Belgique asbl.  Emmanuèle graduated in Applied Economic Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain.

Sonja Rottiers

Sonja Rottiers (°1963) is Non-Executive Independent Director & member of Audit, Risk and Nomination Committees. Prior to these appointments, she was for nearly 20 years Executive Director in several Insurance Companies, mainly as CFO with two experiences as CEO in smaller organisations. Sonja spent her entire career in the Financial Industry. She is one of the 5 founders of Women on Board and formal chairwoman.

She is a member of the Board of the Belgian Finance Club and WWF ambassador.

Dina De Haeck

Dina De Haeck (°1979) is CEO of the software company Syneton. Prior to this position, she held for 16years operations and general management positions in 3 Pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Arseus, Eurofins). Her entire career was spend in the Pharma industry and Digital industry.
She is a member of the Board of Vlerick Alumni MBA, Rosier, Women on Board, and Chairman of the board of Efficy.

Catherine Rutten

Catherine Rutten is CEO of, the Belgian federation of innovative pharmaceutical and biotech companies. She studied Law and holds a Master in Laws from the College of Europe and from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Catherine started in 1994 as a lawyer at the lawfirm Loeff Claeys Verbeke. From 1997 she has worked as Director Interconnection and Public Affairs at British Telecom Belgium. From 2003 to 2013,
she was member of the Council of BIPT, the Belgian national regulatory authority for postal services and telecommunications.

Dirk Oosterlinck

Dirk Oosterlinck is Director Innovation, Business Development and Marketing at Mensura. He holds an Applied Economics Degree from the University of Ghent, an MBA in Marketing from the Vlerick School and an Advanced Management Degree from Insead – Fontainebleau. Prior to Mensura, Dirk worked in diverse marketing, sales and general management positions at Nielsen, Sopres, McKinsey, Bpost and Easyfairs. He served as Vice Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Enterprises and as Government Commissioner for Bpost from 2002 to 2004. In 2014, he co-founded Zembro and is currently member of several advisory Boards of startups. He was elected Marketer of the Year and Direct Marketing personality of the year, both in 2012.  Dirk lives with his wife and 3 boys in Gent.

Ingrid Gonnissen

Ingrid Gonnissen (°1962) is Non-Executive Independent Director & member of Risk Committees within different organisations . She is also member of 3 Advisory Boards.

Whether it was as a Chief Enterprise Officer of Orange or thanks to her 27 years long career in Xerox, Ingrid has acquired broad experience as Ceo ,senior management and leadership within the ICT and Telco sector. Ingrid Gonnissen has been a long-standing, respected member of our partner association WOB Belgium. Thanks to her dedication and valuable experience, Ingrid has been selected by WOB to join the Board of Women on Boards. Ingrid, welcome on board!

Monica De Jonghe

Monica De Jonghe (°1964) is General Manager of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB) as from October 2018. She is also Member of the National Labour Council and Vice-President of the Executive Committee.

She has a law degree from the KU Leuven and followed the training programme of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), for foreign lawyers organised by the German government. This one-year programme took place at the University of Tübingen and the Oberlandesgericht in Düsseldorf. She completed her training at the Law Firm Scholtz, Kraatz, Dittmann un Partner, established in Düsseldorf, during 6 months.

From January 2000 till February 2005 she worked at the Lawfirm Lontings & Partners (actually Lydian Lawyers), as Counsel, member of the Employment, Pensions & Benefits Department. From October 1994 till December 1999 she was Senior Manager at KPMG Legal & Tax Advisers, head of the Employment Department, and also responsible for start-up of the Legal Department in 1994. She started her career as Lawyer at the Brussels Bar, at the Lawfirm Ledoux, Jacobs & Clerens Avocats (January 1990–October 1994).

Gaëlle Helsmoortel

Thibaut Georgin

Thibaut Georgin is strategic business consultant at Igneos a management consulting company leading sustainable transformation plans for companies.
Graduated from Solvay business school at ULB and holding a strategic marketing degree from Columbia University (NY), Thibaut worked as a management executive for Unilever and Bpost then as a consultant for different large companies around strategic questions in a variety of sectors (Telco, Energy, Bank, BtoB services, retail). Very concerned about climate deregulations, environmental issues and societal challenges, he developed since 2012 a broad expertise on how top management could adapt and transform their businesses to create sustainable/regenerative value for people, society AND shareholders. Thibaut was active in different boards of companies in environmental and energy topics (SPGE, Brugel, Energiris) and is now board Chairman at SNCB-NMBS. He is teaching at UNamur and ISES. He is also actively engaged as a volunteer in Ecopreneur-Belgium, the business federation of sustainable front running SME. He is a happy father of a young adult. He likes long-distance walks in nature, is an experienced sailor. He is also an intensive user of public transports and of his Ahooga bike for professional purposes.

Sylvie Van den Eynde

Other Women on Board members

General Manager

Trees Paelinck

Trees has a broad background and network in business and university environment, built-up during 30 years of experience. Starting as university assistant at the University of Ghent, she continued as legal counsel and in management positions at Febelfin and bpost. She was also co-founder and vice-Chair of the Institute of Company Lawyers. Currently she is the Chair of the Board of Fairtrade Belgium and General Manager of Women on Board. Entrepreneurship driven by values runs like a thread through her career.
Trees has a master’s degree in Law from the University Ghent and in European Law from the Centre Européen Universitaire de Nancy and obtained the certificate Director Effectiveness at Guberna.

Secretary general

France Delobbe, associate member, takes up the role of secretary general of the Board

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