Dr.-Ing. Jochen Pflug

Graduated in 1994 from the University of Applied Science Aachen in Aerospace Engineering. In 1996 he received his master degree in Polymer and Composites Engineering from the K.U.Leuven. From 1996 to 2005 he was research assistant in the Composites Materials Research Group at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM) of the K.U.Leuven. Since 2005 Jochen Pflug is Chairman of the Board and since April 2007 Chief Executive Officer of EconCore.

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Ekenhorst

Studied in Osnabrück and Berlin Material Science and graduated in 1996 at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven) as Master in Polymer and Composites Engineering. He started as research Assistant at the Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing Berlin and received his PhD in Polymerphysik 1999 at the TU Berlin. From 1999 he worked in Automotive and Packing Industries  (Hella, Bosch, TATA) at different positions Plant Manager, CFO, COO  and MD. In 2009 he became co-founder of the DeCon Group, Germany.

Paul Van Dun

General manager of KU Leuven Research & Development, the technology transfer unit of KU Leuven, which was ranked by Reuters as most innovative university in Europe for the last four consecutive years, and where he coordinates the activities in contract research, patenting, licensing, spinoff creation and regional development. His past or present activities include managing director of the venture fund of the university (Gemma Frisius), board member of the Fondation Fournier-Majoie (cancer research), board member of Quest for Growth (Euronext Brussels), chairman of the Center for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), board member of a hospital group, member of the supervisory board of Brightlands Chemelot Campus (NL), board member or president of a series of high tech and life science companies, advisor to seed or venture funds and vice-president of ASTP, the European association of technology transfer professionals. Prior to joining KU Leuven Paul has been working at KPMG and a venture capital company. 

Dr.-Ing. Ralf Schlimper

Graduated in 2007 from the University of Applied Science, Bremen in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Technology. From 2007 to 2014 he was research assistant In the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS In Halle. He worked In the Group High performance composite materials and received his PhD from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg / Center for Engineering Science In 2014. Since 2015 he Is the leader of the Research Group Assessment of Composite Systems at Department Polymer Applications of the Fraunhofer IMWS In Halle. His research activities are related to mechanical engineering of composite structures, especially lightweight sandwich structures.

MBA. Walter Van de Weyer

Graduated as Master in Applied Economics, UFSIA (Antwerp) in 1986 and holds a post-graduate in Business Administration (VUB Brussels 1991). He has held senior financial positions in large Multinational Companies (Schindler Lifts, VF Europe, Valeo,..) as well as in SMEs like Xperthis, in various industries and international constellations. The common denominator being change management in all its aspects (IT platforms, (de)centralization of services, nonlinear growth, etc..). Today he manages as CFO the ECONCORE group finances and HR and acts as liaison between the company and its stakeholders.