About Addestino Innovation Management
Addestino is a Belgian management and technology consulting firm, with a unique blend of top talent and a track-record to deliver innovation to its customers, end-to-end, from idea to market. Our multidisciplinary team is capable to cycle very fast between business strategy, technology, and user experience to shape & develop successful products, services and organisations in sectors as telecom, healthcare, energy, transport and electronics. We are committed to results and growth of both customers and consultants. Founded in 2007, Addestino is privately held with more than 50 satisfied customers, ranging from big multinationals, SMEs to universities and start-ups.
Meet some of our team members
Very early in my life it was obvious that I was passionate about technology
and innovation, which led me to obtaining a MSc degree in Photonics Engineering.
After winning the polka dot jersey in a Belgian hitchhiking competition,
I decided to broaden my engineering degree with an additional Master in General
Management. Apart from my academic career, I invested the time I had left in guitar,
crossfit and improving my amateurish chess moves. It is clear that the underlying
theme in my life is variety, which was the reason I definitely wanted to become
As many of my fellow students, I was posed with the ultimatum of choosing between
technology consulting firms on one hand and business or strategy consulting firms on the
other hand. After meeting Addestino, I suddenly realized that I did not have to choose
at all. At Addestino you have the opportunity to tackle challenges that are going from
very technical projects on one hand till strategic projects on the other hand.
Giving me that extra broad spectrum of possibilities, Addestino immediately was a
perfect match for me.
Currently being a project manager in the B2B division of a large telecom operator,
I started on a very operational level. Not one day passes by where I did not learn a
lot on a pace that I have never encountered before, which is essential to keep me
motivated. For this reason and many others, I can only confirm that Addestino has
been the right choice for me.
After working almost three years as an R&D engineer in a major telecom equipment company,
I wanted to broaden my horizon. That is where my Addestino story started.
For three years now, I am able to work at different customers, in different sectors,
in different positions, with different ways of working,… Needless to say that this truly
broadens my knowledge and horizon.
Currently I am helping out one of our customers to roll out a Smart Meter network
in Flanders. As an allround engineer in their datacom team, I am getting my hands dirty
investigating their complex end-to-end network. This is an aspect I really like about Addestino: we do not stop at the nice presentation; we also roll up our sleeves and get the work done!
Being passionate about engineering, I always need something that I can build.
So when things get a bit more managerial at Addestino, I might start building a robot at home,
much mocked by my close ones.
I graduated as a technical engineer at University College Ghent in 2004
and went on to obtain a Master of (Computer) Science at Ghent University in 2006.
I’m an open source fan and regular FOSDEM attendee, and also an active CoderDojo coach in
Ghent, De Pinte and Aalst (coaching mostly Java and Arduino).
I had a few jobs before I joined Addestino: I did some research into enabling video
and 3D graphics on thin client protocols for Ghent University, helped develop the embedded
software for the RHDM color reference display for Barco, and worked on CPU simulation
research at Ghent University. That last position included a part-time teaching assignment
(C# programming and Computer networking) at University College West Flanders.
These jobs all had one thing in common: I grew tired of them after a year-and-a-half
or two years. That’s the main reason I started looking for a consultancy gig - consultancy
comes with variety built-in.
When I applied for consultancy jobs, I had many choices. The main reason I picked
Addestino was because they made it clear I could keep doing what I loved: techy stuff.
And that’s what I’ve been doing since I joined: I worked on GPU-based video display
(C++/boost/Qt on Windows) and have been doing Embedded Linux development for a telecom
OEM customer (shell scripting and C/C++ on buildroot-based Linux).
Addestino has a broad portfolio of skills and assignments, including project management
and strategic management consulting. I enjoy learning about market evolution, project
management and strategic decision making during the hands-on Addestino trainings.
However, at the same time, I’m also glad I am not being pushed to refocus towards
people or project management. I like tech.
I hold a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp,
specializing in distributed, parallel systems and high performance computing complemented
by an Erasmus exchange to Bordeaux, France. I love to discover new places, this probably
stems from the 5 years that I lived in Asia-Pacific as a child. In order to broaden my
knowledge beyond the pure technical domain, I also obtained a second masters degree
in General Management from the Vlerick Business School.
Being passionate about technology, informatics and the digital realm, I am seeking to
build out a career atop the compelling triad of IT, business and innovation. In Addestino,
I found an entrepreneurial company that has the same desire to deliver sound, innovative
solutions in a variety of domains. At the same time Addestino also encircles me with a
network of ambitious colleagues who aren’t afraid to tackle new problems and transform
them into successes.
Currently I am working as a functional analyst for the BSS IT department of a major
Belgian telecom player, helping translate business demands into IT solutions.
With a master in electronic engineering obtained at Hogeschool Gent, I have more than
7 years experience in embedded software, electronics and product development.
I began my career in a technology company as electronic and embedded software engineer
within the simulation division, there I was part of the team responsible for the
development of simulation projectors. Later I worked in the healthcare technology sector
where I was responsible for software and embedded software for medical displays and their calibration.
I was looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to advance my career as product
developer in new technologies. In Addestino I found a commitment to innovation, leadership
and life long learning which represent my top career values.
In my free time I have an interest in new technologies, internet security and 3D-printing.
This year I also participated to the "The Carbage Run" throughout Eastern Europe.
Currently I am working on an innovative project in the telecom industry, where I hope
to gain more insight in project management and improve my software architecture design skills.
A unique added value of Addestino is their trainings about business strategy which are
actually very fun to go to! For the nerds amongst us (including me) there are also the hackathons.
Work hard, play hard...
Although due to different assignments, Addestino consultants do not meet each other
at the office on a day-to-day basis, we do make a great team. On a regular basis, we meet at trainings
– typically ended with a few drinks in the bar. On top of that, we also organize all sort of team
Recently, for example, we did a fencing initiation, organized a robotwar in our latest “Hackdestino”,
held a boardgame night, went on teambuilding weekends in Paris, Prague, Lisbon, visited
the “Gentse 6daagse”, ...
Below some impressions...