Eddy Van Hemelrijck has a Master in Applied Economic Sciences at the Antwerp University and an Executive Master in Business Administration of the Flanders Business School / NorthWestern University Chicago. He is a candidate PhD in Earth Sciences at the Utrecht University.
At the age of 23, he visited for the first time the former Soviet Union and China to set up barter trade for Janssen Pharmaceutica, a Johnson & Johnson company. He returned over 30 times to China to set up trade fairs in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong and to negotiate business deals, not only for J&J but also for a Belgian paper mill and for the fashion brand Kipling. As sales director Far East for this Belgian paper mill he travelled extensively to Eastern Europe and Japan, Korea and Taiwan. As Vice President worldwide sales for Kipling he opened the Japanese market for Kipling fashion bags, after negotiations which lasted for almost two years. Between 1999 and 2002 he spent on average 4 months a year abroad, from setting up distributorships in Australia and South-Africa, managing distributors in the Far East and the USA, opening markets in the Middle East and South and Latin America.
In 2003, feeling the need to be more at home with his young children and his wife, he entered the training and consulting world in Belgium. While working on his PhD in Earth Sciences at the Utrecht University with the dissertation “intercultural communication of sustainable business in multinationals”, he carried out assignments in sales, communication, coaching and leadership for Belgian and international companies. Since 2003 he is also a host professor at the Karel de Grote Business School in Antwerp where he lectures marketing, environmental economics, sustainable business and intercultural management. From September 2005 till July 2006, as a results of a consulting assignement, he became interim managing director of the energy consulting firm Cenergie. Between July 2006 and August 2007 he went on a sabbatical leave, traveling with his family around the world, visiting all continents and reporting for WWF Belgium. His dream is now to expand his company MAROR NV. He is also a founding partner of Dunya and E-Magine-You. Eddy is also a member of the Silver Raven network.