Wim De Waele

Wim De Waele

CEO - B-Hive

Wim De Waele obtained his master degrees in Economic Sciences and Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent in 1987. He started his career as scientific researcher at the university in the area of artificial intelligence in industrial applications. He continued this work at Siemens R&D in Belgium and M√ľnchen. After that he helped build the European organization of the Canadian software company Numetrix, a company offering planning software for the consumer packaged goods and process industry. After a brief start-up experience in Belgium, Wim joined i2 Technologies in 1995 as Services Director for Europa, where he also built the European organization from zero. He then was promoted to vice-president of consumer goods and retail, and moved to i2 headquarters in Dallas. Upon his return to Europe in 2001, he became Chief Technology Officer of the distressed Real Software Group. After the turn-around and sale of the company to a private equity group, he left Real Software for IBBT on august 1, 2004. Wim De Waele was Chief Executive Officer of IBBT, later renamed iMinds (www.iminds.be), headquartered in Ghent, Belgium, until 2015. iMinds is the leading interdisciplinary research and venturing organization in the country, working with companies and other partners on the newest technologies in domains such as networking, media, security and healthcare. It had a strong focus on the development of new start-up companies and the business acceleration of promising technology concepts. Wim De Waele resigned as CEO of iMinds in 2016 to co-found B-Hive with Jurgen Ingels.
Wim De Waele acts on the board of start-up companies and as a business angel.
Wim De Waele takes a keen interest in culture and media and as such is also involved in public initiatives.
He lives in his town of birth, Ghent, in Belgium. In his spare time he enjoys music, travel and culinary experiments that he carries out himself.

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