As son of an fortune-seeking Algerian and a born-and-bred Belgian I learned how to deal with cultural differences from a very young age. That experience I now spread to organisations. My basic principle is: no two people are the same, but every single person should have the same opportunities to grow. I move away from compartmentalisation and towards useful structures that work for everyone. Patterns stuck in the past become new challenges, diversity becomes an asset. In short: I like to discover what we are capable of when we collaborate. Every individual will reap those benefits, but so will companies and society as a whole.
I have a Masters degree in business administration from the KU Leuven, with a specialisation in innovative labour organisation. My thesis – ‘Between a flexible ideal and a bureaucratic reality’ – got me hired as an innovation researcher in elderly care at the sociology department of the KU Leuven. I finished my Masters degree while working for the Flemish Forum of Ethnic Minorities. As a social-cultural worker I was the driving force behind a youth network that connected young people and inspired them go on a path of personal growth, professional development and policy participation. In January 2019 I completed the Financial Management module at the Antwerp Management School, while working as a project coordinator in team labour at Samenlevingsopbouw Antwerp. You can find my full resumé here.