Since my violent kidnapping in January 1994, I have dedicated my Life to inspire impact leaders around the globe to create beauty, harmony and joy at the service of the progress and well-being of Humankind, Society and the (business) world.
Who I am and what I do has been highly influenced by all the input coming from very diverse horizons and special moments in my Life: growing up in a fabulous caring family, having great friends, living a long lasting loyal relationship, working for 25+ years with drive and passion in very different contexts and having many different roles and responsibilities, learning to deal with and accept ’wrong decisions’, business failures, personal losses and human deceptions.
From being ’stagiaire’ with EU Commission’s President Jacques Delors (that’s where I learned how real life is so different from what you learn at university), ’political attaché’ at the EU Commission’s Delegation to the United Nations in New York (An amazing ‘wow’ experience I would do again immediately!) and a consultancy mission at the diplomatic service at the EU Commission’s head office in Brussels (That’s where I learned that red tape, bureaucracy, blinding chauvinism and long discussion processes are not my thing), to becoming an entrepreneur in merchandising, traveling between Belgium and the Netherlands (It’s impressive to realize how fast you can make a lot of money when creating a hype; it’s sad to see how fast changing visions of partners can tear a partnership and a business apart).
From having corporate functions at Ameritech-Singtel-TDK’s 49% participation in leading telecom operator Belgacom, now Proximus (The late CEO & President John Goossens, a real role model for me, was the example of combining vision, passion for the customer and smart marketing solutions with personnel commitment) to being – for eight years ! – the CEO and Vice-President of ORMIT (Remains a ’firm of endearment’ with a unique business model serving so many global enterprises and prestigious organizations).
From taking over a well established independent Belgian consultancy in leadership development (A unique chance to transform the legacy of the former founders into something very different), starting and developing a real estate business (I have something very special with bringing harmony to places, with using my hands and my creative part of the brain … as a compensation to all the thinking and intellectual work I do. And I simply love restoring and decorating. Maybe in my ’old days’ I will become a interior decorator …), developing step by step a Brussels based purpose driven impact investment firm, Solbos Ventures, to founding my global consultancy the Global Inspiration & Noble Purpose Institute, the Swiss based Wisdom Encounters and the exciting Young Leaders-Inspiring Mentors social entrepreneurship.
All that experience and these uncountable missions and my different board functions, projects and roles involve(d) my traveling around the globe (it is that being exposed to other populations, mental models, ways of living and doing business that helped me become more human and tolerant) and working and living in over 100 different countries (the idea is bubbling up to live part of our time outside of Brussels), discovering diverse cultures, individuals and organizations along the way.
A strong believer in the power of beliefs, I made my life slogan “You become what you believe!”