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Rather MSF than Rotary [SAS FORUM]

How are Belgian data scientists putting their skills and expertise to good use? And how this compares to what an organization like MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) is doing?

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Philippe Van Impe

Philippe Van Impe

“Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower scholars and professionals to apply data sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges.” There you go, Philippe Van Impe in a nutshell. Quoting his mission statement to describe Philippe is quite a lot easier than trying to sum up his professional activities: founder of the European Data Innovation Hub, founding partner of the Brussels Data Science Community, ‘social entrepreneur’ and ‘startup coach’. You see, Philippe is a tough professional to capture in such a short bio!

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Steven Hofmans

Steven Hofmans

Marketing has been a department driven by gut feelings for decades. The last few years, these instincts can be supported and eventually replaced by solid facts and figures.
Steven Hofmans helps companies achieving this data-driven marketing with the solutions offered by SAS. His knowledge of the technology combined with his thorough understanding of the ins and outs of marketing activities make him an expert in the field of data-driven marketing.

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Michel Philippens

Michel Philippens

Michel is passionate about everything related to big data analytics, and how you can use these to make smarter business decisions. With a Master in Sociology and Statistics he first worked as a research assistent at the KU Leuven, but Michel soon joined SAS as a Senior Consultant. Today he has 15 years of valuable experience, truly seeing the world of analytics change. His key philosophy: analytics don't belong in a lab test environment, they are part of everyday life.

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Hélène Ernotte

Hélène Ernotte

One of SAS’ credos is Creating Chances. And you might say Hélène Ernotte is the embodiment of that credo and ambition. The company’s HR Manager started as a Junior Recruiter at Microsoft in 2008. She joined SAS in 2012 as HR Business Partner, where she put her experience into practice and quickly became a valuable asset to the analytics firm. Though she is still only in her early thirties, Hélène is now in charge of all SAS’ HR activities in Belgium and Luxembourg. Her goal: to make sure SAS becomes the Great Place to Work of The Future.

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Mieke De Ketelaere

Mieke De Ketelaere

“Mieke combines a contagious enthusiasm with a deep knowledge on customer intelligence and digital transformation”, a nice reference on LinkedIn and a nice introduction for Mieke De Ketelaere’s bio. Mieke is Customer Intelligence Director at SAS for the South West Europe region. She has worked for several multinationals on all aspects of customer relations including transactional CRM, advanced analytical customer insight and interactive marketing. She is specialized in helping customers in defining the steps to grow in maturity in customer experience, customer intimacy and customer lifecycle management. Lately, Mieke De Ketelaere started to focus on the value of big data in marketing context. The arrival of new datastreams such as online and social data at one site and the calculation power at the other site, deliver a huge new set of real-time interesting insights at the fingertips of marketers. These new insights, if used wisely, allow operational marketing departments in return to take customer experience and intimacy to a higher level.

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Frédéric Thys

Frédéric Thys

A mix of business curiosity, technical skills and the urge to write stories that matter…that is what drives Frédéric to blog about. His favorite topic? People Analytics! Or to showcase the value of analytics when unveiling unsuspected connections behind complex human systems and behaviors.
Buckle up for some clear, ready-to-use insights in how analytics measure the human attributes of consumers and employees to predict the success or failure of a venture, and to model and optimize teams and companies. Because business is about people, about making people happy and comfortable. And to be successful in business we need time and analytics to know how to make this happen.

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