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Derrick Philippe GOSSELIN (°1956) is senior full professor of strategy & marketing and director (founder) of the Institute for Futures Research (Centrum voor Toekomstverkenning) at Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He specializes in complex (long term) decision making in turbulent and uncertain environments applied to business (strategy - marketing - innovation) and government (energy - water - technology).

He started his career in 1982 as attaché (science policy) in the office of the Belgian Prime Minister before joining Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1984. From 1990 till 2001, he worked for the Alcatel-Alsthom group were he held various senior executive positions. As of 1999, he was vice president marketing and business development for Northern & Central Europe (including Japan and Korea) and chairman of the European strategic marketing special task force.

He jointed the Suez group in 2002 and was appointed executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Suez Energy International in 2003. He was on the board of several Suez companies in USA, Peru, Oman,.. . and in charge of a special marketing task force at Suez group level during 2004. He was appointed group senior vice president development and strategy of Suez Group (Paris HQ) in 2007 till the merger with Gaz de France in 2008 when the group became GDF Suez. He introduced as of 2004 new decision process linking strategy development - risk management - innovation management based on strategic scenario planning increasing the quality of decision taking in turbulent environments. He served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) from 2009 till 2011(cf. New Industrial Policy).


Academic Mandates and Functions

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts [KVAB]: Member of the Technical Sciences - Member of the Energy Council of the Academy - Member of the Academy Centre for European Culture (CEC).

Member of the Global Agenda Councils (complex systems) of the World Economics Forum [WEF].

Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College [GTC], University of Oxford.

Oxford Martin Associate Fellow, Oxford Martin School [OMS], University of Oxford.

Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University

Member of the editorial review board of: Industrial Marketing Management [IMM] and the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing [JBIM].

Fellow of the International Academy of Management [IAM].


Professional Mandates and Memberships

Member of the Investment Committee of TINA investment fund at Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen [PMV]

Advisor on Foreign Trade [CCE] to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belgium, since 1997

Member of the Global Agenda Councils (strategic foresight) of the World Economics Forum [WEF] (2008-2010)

Member of the General Council of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School [VLGMS]

Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology [IET] (UK)

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing [CIM] (UK)

Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE] (USA)


Past Mandates or Functions

Government Commissioner of the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology [IWT].

Belgian Academy representative to the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering [Euro-Case].

Associate Fellow, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society [INSIS], Oxford Martin School [OMS], University of Oxford

Visiting professor of business marketing, Ghent University (2002-2010)

Associate professor of marketing at the Royal Military Academy [RMA] (2003-2008)

President of the Association of Advisors on Foreign Trade of Belgium (1999-2004)

Chairman of the Europe-Asia committee of the European Federation of Employers [UNICE] (1996-1999)

Fellow of Hogenheuvel College [HOC] (Catholic University of Leuven) (B) (2006-2009)

Member of the Economic Circle of the King Baudouin Foundation [KBS/FRB] (1988-1993)

President of the Board of Directors of Flanders Business School [FBS] (1998-2003)

Member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University (2004-2005)



Ph.D. in economic sciences - Ghent University

M.Sc. in technology management (industrial engineering) - Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School [VLGMS]

M.Sc. in electrical engineering (control engineering) - Ghent University

M.Sc. in industrial sciences - University College Ghent


He studied as well management science at the Harvard Business School [HBS], London Business School [LBS], INSEAD and Oxford University (Green Templeton [GTC], Saïd Business School [SBS])

E-mail: Derrick.Gosselin (add) UGent.be


LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gosselin

(Photo taken at the Divinity School, University of Oxford - Oxford 2009. (left): Lord (Martin) Rees of Ludlow, PRS (right): Derrick Gosselin


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