Tel.:+32 2 761 10 87
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Philippe Vanrie is since 1999 the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EBN, the leading pan-European Network bringing together 200+ accredited Business & Innovation Centres (BICs), Innovation-based Incubators, and Entrepreneurship Centres across Europe and beyond.
Philippe was instrumental in developing this unique community gathering thousands of smart innovators and entrepreneurs. A recognized expert and experienced speaker in innovation and incubation, Philippe has developed strong relationship and several collaborative projects with the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA), and a series of national & regional Governmental Agencies.
Graduated from the Gembloux (Belgium) Agronomic Engineering University, and from the University of Louvain (Belgium) in Innovation Management, Philippe started his career as statistician at the University of Brussels (ULB) and then joined the first European EC-BIC (Business and Innovation Centre) in Liège.
Afterwards, he joined the private sector where he had senior Marketing and Business Development responsibilities within several SMEs leaders of their market, notably in Agro and Food Industry.
During the last couple of years, Philippe initiated and conducted several partnerships between EBN small business incubation centres and several industry leaders such as BT, Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Auchan. He also conducted pilot-schemes in the field of academic and industrial spin-off, clustering, international business cooperation, local economic development and technology transfer.
Philippe has also served as an Advisory Board Member of the H-P Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I), the European Centre for Innovation in Geo-spatial and Location-Based Service, the European Region Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), the International Network for SMEs (INSME), the Europa InterCluster Network, and has been chairing in 2010 the Jury of the “Young European hopes of innovation”.
Linguistic skills : French, English, Dutch.
Tel.: +32 2 772 89 00
Administration, Finances and Office Manager
Blanca Rodriguez is Spanish. She has worked with EBN since January 1998 and is responsible for administration and finance.
Linguistic skills: French, Spanish, English, Dutch.
Vera Egreja Barracho
Network Development Manager
Vera Barracho (Portuguese) is a
post-graduate in International Studies with extensive experience in EU
funding & private sector support: access to finance, new markets,
vocational training and marketing. Vera has proven track of working with
the European Commission, having successfully managed and coordinated
collaborative projects of multicultural teams in multiple project
locations with budgets up to €2.5M. Vera's experience includes specific
work with EU-27 MS, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and more recently ECA
countries. Currently Vera also coordinates the Soft Landing Club and
the Make it Global project supporting female entrepreneurship.
Linguistic skills: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian & French
Tel.: +32 2 761 10 88
He has experience and knowledge
of EU environmental policies in the fields of eco innovation, cleantech
and resource efficiency. He is specialized in stakeholders and networks’
engagement and institutional communication as well as creating
conferences and seminars in the area of (green) innovation at
European level. Cédric also has a strong experience in managing funded
projects as well as evaluation and impact assessments.
Cédric holds a BA and an MA in Sociology from the University
of Louvain (Belgium), and an MA in Sustainable International Development
from Brandeis University, Boston (USA). Cédric Hananel is the founder of ARCTIK SPRL, a European Affairs consultancy specialized on
sustainability issues at European level.
Linguistic skills: French, English