Ivo Dewit is doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium with a background in business studies, change management and product development. His current research focuses on:

  1. increasing the efficiency of the process from early stage (FEI) ideation of new products and services towards feasible market opportunities in organisations.
  2. well-designed products and services result from a thorough understanding of the needs of users. The importance of a user-centred approach cannot be emphasized enough.
  3. the design of product service systems that account for a prolonged life span due to a combination of products and services, their unique interaction with the user and the experience it leverages.
  4. co-founder of Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium.

Stina Vanhoof (Service Designer at Knight Moves / co-founder of Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium) would love to see service design as a more established discipline in which different parties are involved. Bridging industry, design, and academia to share skills and knowledge on service design.

Wim Putzeys (Service designer at Peel / co-founder of Service Design Network (SDN) Belgium): there is a growing potential for service design in Belgium and a growing group of practitioners at service providers and public and private organizations. I believe our Chapter can provide a great opportunity to bring students, academics, practitioners and the people who need their expertise together, and to help the discipline to develop and incorporate new perspectives.

Nathalie Goethals is founder & director of !DROPS npo, Ghent, Belgium. She has a master in antropology and Japanese studies and has a strong passion for and belief in the fusion of social innovation, design and healthcare. She’s looking forward to see how this ‘marriage’ will evolve to a higher level.

Anna Kint is project designer and facilitator at !DROPS. She has a background in social innovation, social entrepreneurship and human-centered design. Using design processes to create social impact is what drives her.

GLIMPS engages a strategic transition towards an open bio-based economy. We operate a novel approach across biology, design and architecture. Our activities span from biomaterials to bio-inspired design and biofabrication. Our mission is to accelerate our transition to sustainable material use. We offer product design services, we create experiential installations for exhibitions and develop professional trainings in biofabrication. GLIMPS will be giving a prototyping workshop.

Annelys de Vet: Founder & Director - Disarming Design from Palestine; Course Leader Design Department - Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam; Founder - Subjective Atlas Foundation. She will teach 'storytelling through design, a think tank for visual strategies’.