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Photo of Sophie Manigart Sophie Manigart Full professor
+32 9 2643508

Sophie Manigart obtained her Master in electronic engineering and Ph.D. in management at Ghent University. She is full professor at Ghent University and at the Vlerick Business School, where she serves as Faculty Dean. She was/is a guest professor at Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), London Business School, IE Business School (Madrid) and ESMT Berlin.…

Photo of Klaas Mulier Klaas Mulier Associate professor
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Klaas Mulier is Associate Professor in Corporate Finance at Ghent University. You will also regularly find him in the National Bank of Belgium or the European Central Bank as a visiting researcher. Klaas has published in leading academic journals, such as the Review of Finance, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the Journal of Banking and Finance.…

Photo of Tom Vanacker Tom Vanacker Associate professor
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Tom Vanacker is Associate Professor at Ghent University, Distinguished Research Professor in Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter Business School, and Research Fellow at Vlerick Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Ghent University. He was also visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota) and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).…

Photo of Heidi Vander Bauwhede Heidi Vander Bauwhede Associate professor
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Heidi Vander Bauwhede holds a PhD from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). In the first half of 2005 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her main research interests are in corporate reporting and auditing with a special focus on the determinants and real economic consequences of high-quality reporting and auditing.…

Photo of Rudy Aernoudt Rudy Aernoudt Affiliated professor

Rudy Aernoudt is a professor at Ghent University. He teaches various Finance related courses in the programmes Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Public Administration and Management and Master of Applied Economics.

Recent Publications Financial Management in Practice, Intersentia, 2019.…

Photo of Luc Keuleneer Luc Keuleneer Affiliated professor

Luc Keuleneer obtained the degree of Commercial Engineer (KULeuven, 1981) and a Master of Business Administration (University of CHicago, 1983). He took complementary courses in strategic finance and risk management at IMD, Lausanne, and at the Swiss Finance Institute. He is active for KPMG in Brussels. He was an advisor in the Cabinet of the Federal Minister of Finance.…

Mathieu Luypaert Affiliated professor

Mathieu Luypaert is Associate Professor of Corporate Finance and Programme Director of the Masters of General Management at Vlerick Business School. He obtained the title of Doctor in Applied Economics from the Faculty of Business and Economics of KU Leuven in 2009. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on value creation in European mergers and acquisitions (M&As).…

Miguel Meuleman Affiliated professor

Miguel Meuleman is Full Professor Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School and Ghent University. He is specialised in the areas of entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurial buyouts. His research has been published in a.o. Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management Studies and the Academy of Management Perspectives.…

Photo of Luc Renneboog Luc Renneboog Affiliated professor

Luc Renneboog is Professor of Corporate Finance at Tilburg University and an affiliated professor at Ghent University. His research interests are corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, mergers and acquisitions, law and economics, ethical investing, and the economics of art. He graduated from the University of Leuven with a BSc/MSc in commercial engineering and with a BA in philosophy, from the University of Chicago with an MBA, and from the London Business School (University of London) with a PhD in Financial Economics.…

Photo of Silvio Vismara Silvio Vismara Affiliated professor

Silvio Vismara is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Bergamo, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and management from Politecnico di Torino and University of Bergamo in 2004. He was visiting scholar at the Manchester Business School, at the Cass Business School, and at the University of Florida. He is co-founder of the CCSE research center with the University of Augsburg, Germany. …

Robin Bracke
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Robin Bracke obtained a master's degree in Business Engineering (main subject Finance) from the Ghent University in 2015 and a master’s degree in Financial Management from the Vlerick Business School in 2016. Subsequently, he worked as an auditor and audit supervisor for KPMG Belgium for three years. He joined the department of Accounting, Corporate Finance and Taxation of the Ghent University as a researcher and teaching assistant in October 2019.…

Photo of Katja Bringmann Katja Bringmann Postdoctoral fellow
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Katja Bringmann obtained her PhD at the University of Antwerp in 2018. Her research focuses on cross-border venture capital and new venture internationalization. She has been a Visiting Assistant in Research at the Yale School of Management in 2015 and a research member of the Policy Research Center on Entrepreneurship and Regional Economics (stORE) of the Flemish Government.…

Maarten Cerpentier PhD candidate
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Maarten Cerpentier obtained a master degree in Business Economics (Accounting, magna cum laude) in 2017. After working as a Research Associate in Accounting and Control at the Vlerick Business School, he joined the Department of Accounting, Corporate Finance and Taxation of Ghent University in April 2019 as a PhD researcher under the supervision of Prof.

Photo of Els De Wielemaker Els De Wielemaker
+32 9 264 3548

Els De Wielemaker is responsible lecturer and co-lecturer in the programmes Bachelor and Master in Business Administration (Taxation), the Master in Complementary Studies in Business Economics and Master in Business Economics. She teaches various (introductory to specialized) courses related to accounting, corporate accounting, not-for-profit accounting, IFRS, corporate finance and tax strategy. She is responsible for the Higher Institute of Accountancy and Taxation (HIAF) in which she organizes and gives (in-company) seminars to professional accountants and tax advisers.…

Photo of Ozan Güler Ozan Güler
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Ozan Guler is a PhD candidate in a joint program with KU Leuven.  He holds a master’s degree in Business and Finance from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research focuses on banking and empirical corporate finance. Teaching assistance

Photo of Joke Huysman Joke Huysman Lecturer

Joke Huysman is lecturer and co-lecturer in the programmes Bachelor and Master in Business Administration. She teaches various subjects related to accounting, cost accounting and financial analysis. Teaching

Photo of Ilia Samarin Ilia Samarin Ph.D candidate
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Ilia Samarin obtained a Research Master degree, major Economics, Economics and Finance, at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 2016. Since October 2016, he has been working as a PhD researcher at the Department of Accounting, Corporate Finance and Taxation under supervision of Prof. dr. Klaas Mulier. His research focuses on firms’ access to finance and international transmission of monetary shocks.

Photo of Bruno Vandenbussche Bruno Vandenbussche Secretary
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Bruno Vandenbussche is the secretary of the department of Accounting, Corporate Finance & Taxation. He joined the department in July 2014. Before he joined Ghent University in 1998, he gained experience in various administrative jobs at Kredietbank, Flemish Parliament, Open School voor Volwassenen. 1998-2010: secretary of the Department of Pharmaceutics 2010-2012: secretary of the Department of Sociology 2013-2014: secretary of the Department of Tax Law 2014- now: secretary of the Department of Accounting, Corporate Finance & Taxation In his leisure time he enjoys visiting art exhibitions, reading (history and crime & detective), cycling and yoga.

Jeroen Verbouw Ph.D. candidate
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Jeroen Verbouw obtained his Master’s degree at Ghent University in Business Economics, major in Corporate Finance in 2019. He joined the department of Accountancy, Corporate Finance and Taxation shorty after. He is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of prof. dr. Sophie Manigart and prof. dr. Miguel Meuleman. His research focusses on ownership heterogeneity in private equity and how this affects private equity investments and characteristics.…

Photo of Frederik Verplancke Frederik Verplancke PhD candidate
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Frederik Verplancke is pursuing a joint PhD at Ghent University and Tilburg University (Netherlands). The subject of his PhD is: “What determines VC returns?”. He obtained a master degree in Business Economics in 2011 at Ghent University. After working in the accounting sector for over two years, he participated in a research project (The Role of the Accountant) and taught at University College Ghent.…

Photo of Xavier Walthoff-Borm Xavier Walthoff-Borm PhD candidate
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Xavier Walthoff-Borm is currently a joint PhD researcher in entrepreneurial finance at Ghent University and SKEMA Business School, Université Lille Nord de France. His research interest focuses on the intersection between entrepreneurial management and finance. In particular, his research topic is centred on crowdfunding. Before he was affiliated as a teaching assistant in audit and financial reporting.…