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Elke Kraemer

Co-initiator InspiringFifty Belgium, Partner at Wimedia, Marketing Manager Geo Square (Cronos Groep Belgium)

Elke’s passionate about business development in the field of sales and marketing. Her focus lays on realizing turnover and profit growth for ICT companies in Belgium, Germany and Spain. She started as an employee but quickly became a partner in 2012 at Wimedia. As a German native she got her Master in Marketing at ESIC business school in Madrid.

She’s passionate about projects which truly inspire people to look at this world with a different perspective. This is why she engaged with Inspiring Fifty, a not-for-profit pan-European programme that identifies, encourages, develops, and showcases women within the technology sector.

Creating more visibility for female leaders within the technology sector in order to help a new generation of female leaders and entrepreneurs.

Joelle Frijters

Co-founder InspiringFifty global, Tech-Entrepreneur, Investor

Joelle co-founded Inspiring Fifty in 2013 together with Janneke Niessen. She herself is a tech entrepreneur and sold her company to the Swiss telecom company Swisscom in 2015. Joelle is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the tech university of Delft. As an investor she helps tech companies to scale faster and better. In the different supervisory board roles she holds, she has a strong focus on fostering innovation and diversity. Joelle feels it is incredibly important to inspire different generations of women to become female leaders and entrepreneurs in tech. Joelle comes from The Netherlands and lives with her husband and 3 kids in Belgium.

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Pascale Van Damme

Ambassador InspiringFifty Belgium, Vice President & General Manager Commercial Business Dell Technologies Belgium & Luxembourg President of Belgium’s Agoria Digital Industries

Pascale is General Manager Commercial Business Dell Technologies for Belgium & Luxembourg. Prior to that, Pascale was Dell’s Managing Director for Belgium and Luxembourg for eight years. She previously led the company’s public sales team in Belgium and later she was the Sales Transformation lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, having joined Dell Technologies in 2004. Prior to Dell Technologies, Pascale spent five years as director of corporate sales at Base and in management positions at Proximus and TNT Express.

Pascale is actively working across the digital sector in her role as President of Agoria Digital Industries, the ICT chapter of Belgium's industry and trade association. She has been recognized as a fervent sponsor of women in IT. She received Belgium’s ICT Woman of the Year award in 2014 as a recognition of her role model function and commitment to leadership in the country’s IT sector. She received the European Digital Woman award of the year in 2017 for being an outstanding female leader in the ICT sector and was named JUMP's Wo.Men@Work 2018 CEO Ambassador for Gender Equality for her work to achieve gender equality within her company.

Pascale is co-founder of BeCentral, the digital hub in Brussels’ Central Station, which aims at democratizing access to digital applications and the digital world. She is a member and chairwoman of the “Wise Women of Ghent”, a cross-sector group of female business leaders that works to encourage women to opt for ambitious careers through sharing knowledge and best practices in the community. Pascale leads the skills and education work around transforming students into digital natives in the Belgian Coalition for Digital Jobs, with the key ask of reaching more girls. She climbed the Mont Blanc in 2014 as part of a women-only team.

Saskia van Uffelen

Ambassador InspiringFifty Belgium, Corporate Vice President at French ICT group GFI

Saskia Van Uffelen has been working in the sector of information and communication technology (ICT) for over 25 years. She has held national and international sales and marketing functions in leading companies such as Xerox, Compaq, HP, Arinso, Bull and Ericsson. 

As Corporate Vice President for the French ICT group GFI, she oversees the development of the BeNeLux region for the group.

Since 2012, the federal ministry of economic affairs appointed Saskia Van Uffelen as ‘Digital Champion’ for Belgium representing the European Commission.  To stimulate the roll out of the Digital Agenda in Belgium she sensitizes all parties involved in 5 areas: Digital Economy, - Government, - Infrastructure, - Security and - Skills

As a manager, Saskia Van Uffelen always keeps a keen eye on the human aspects of collaboration in a company. She focusses heavily on ensuring the synergies between the different generations present in the workplace.

In interviews, opinion articles and her book ‘Iedereen Baas! – Tous Patron!’ she encourages her colleagues to pay more attention to it as well.

As a role model she received various awards (among others ‘ICT Woman of the Year’ in 2011 (Data News), Leadership Award 2019 (Etion)).

Saskia Van Uffelen is married and a mother of five. 

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