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Photo of Sophie Manigart Sophie Manigart Full professor
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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 Virginie Mataigne Virginie Mataigne Assistant professor
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Virginie Mataigne is Assistant Professor at Ghent University. In 2016, she obtained her PhD in Business Economics at Ghent University. During her PhD she was a visiting scholar at INSEAD (Fontainebleau). After a two-year period as a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University, she worked at KU Leuven as an Assistant Professor from 2018 until 2020. Her research interests are related to corporate finance topics such as seasoned equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions, financing decisions, family firms and digital innovations in corporate financing decisions.…

Photo of Leentje Moortgat Leentje Moortgat Assistant professor
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Bio Leentje Moortgat is an Assistant Professor at Ghent University. She received her PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp in 2019. She was a visiting scholar at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in the fall of 2017. Before joining Ghent University in September 2020, she was a Junior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the University of Antwerp.…

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 Rudy Aernoudt Rudy Aernoudt Affiliated professor

Holding master's degree in monetary and industrial economics from KU Leuven, European economics from the College of Europe and Thomistic philosophy from KU Leuven, Rudy Aernoudt began his career as credit manager in the international banking sector before becoming an official in the European Commission. He was mainly responsible for programs for access to finance.…

Photo of Wouter De Maeseneire Wouter De Maeseneire Affiliated professor

Wouter De Maeseneire’s research spans topics such as IPOs, valuation, real options, private equity and venture capital, M&A, capital structure and financial constraints. His work has been published in several prestigious journals and has won international case writing and teaching awards – he has also presented at international conferences. Wouter has written his own book and contributed to many management books.…

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.…

Photo of Simon Ashby Simon Ashby Affiliated professor

Simon Ashby is a financial regulator turned academic. He has published numerous papers and reports on risk management, financial services regulation, banking and insurance. His current research interests include the global financial crisis, the Basel III and Solvency II regulatory reforms, risk culture and risk appetite. He teaches on the Masters in Financial Management… programme. 

Photo of Mathieu Luypaert 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).…

Photo of Miguel Meuleman 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.…

Amna Albuainain Ph.D. student

Amna Albuainain is a lecturer of finance at Qatar University. She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Qatar university with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing, and her MBA from the University of Portland, US. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Ghent university and Vlerick business school in Belgium. Her current research interest is in  fintech with topics related to customers, banks, and entrepreneurs.

Henri Arno Ph.D. candidate
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Henri Arno obtained his master's degree in Business Engineering (Data Analytics, summa cum laude) in 2021. He is currently an interdisciplinary PhD candidate, working on the intersection of business economics, computer science and law. Henri's research is focussed on the application and development of novel machine-learning algorithms (primarly in the field of natural language processing and causal machine learning) to business and finance problems.

Tom Beernaert Teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate
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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.…

Photo of Maarten Cerpentier 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. dr.…

Photo of Els De Wielemaker Els De Wielemaker
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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. He successfully defended his Ph.D.  on October 18th, 2022. Publications

Sara Khosravi PhD candidate
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Photo of Dany Loret Dany Loret Ph.D. candidate

Dany has over 30 years of CEO business experience in multi-national steel and copper producers. Earlier career steps include global account management, M&A and reorganization. Dany obtained his engineering degree and his PhD in semiconductor electronics from Gent University. He also studied at Vlerick Business School (JMP), INSEAD (CCC) and IMD. The ongoing DBA @ Vlerick Business School / PhD @ the universities of Gent and Leuven are about family business, where private equity enters in a minority position.…

Photo of Gianni Spolverato Gianni Spolverato Ph.D. candidate

Gianni Spolverato obtained a Master's degree in Business Economics from the KULeuven after obtaining a Master's degree in Finance and Risk Management from Ghent University. He pursues a Ph.D. at Ghent University, faculty of Economics and Business Admininistration under the guidance of prof. Miguel Meuleman. He works as a researcher within the Accounting & Finance area of Vlerick Business School.…

Photo of Sanhatul Tajrian Sanhatul Tajrian Ph.D. candidate

Sanhatul Tajrian obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from KU Leuven in 2021, specialising in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She joined the Department of Accounting, Corporate Finance and Taxation of Ghent University in May 2022 as a PhD candidate under the guidance of Prof. Miguel Meuleman and Prof. Sophie Manigart. Her current research focuses on impact investors and firms that attract private equity impact investments

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.

Photo of Jeroen Verbouw 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 focuses on ownership heterogeneity in private equity and how this affects private equity investments and characteristics.…

Photo of Luc Wynant Luc Wynant Ph.D. candidate

Luc graduated from the KULeuven in 1989 (KU Leuven) and obtained an MBA degree from the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Business School (1990). He was an assistant teacher at the law department of KULeuven for several years. He is preparing a doctorate in Business Administration under the guidance of prof. dr. ir. Sophie Manigart. Luc Wynant is founding partner of Van Olmen Wynant and head of the corporate law practice.…