Chair of the Business Operations Working Committee
Audrey-Flore is a TEDx speaker, multi-awarded leader, whose mission is to help CEOs place corporate social responsibility in the DNA of their corporate strategy, and leverage social, economic, and environmental sustainability to boost their profitability, competitiveness, and attractivity.
PhD in Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry from the University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris, Audrey-Flore has centred her career on promoting, developing, disseminating, implementing, and commercializing innovations in green chemistry and sustainable development to reduce the carbon footprint of companies.
She has developed more sustainable, i.e. less polluting processes, helping industries avoid the pollution she used to clean up.
Convinced of the importance of a global vision of sustainable development, including social, environmental, social and economic sustainability (People, Planet Profit), and has been a corporate social responsibility strategist internationally for more than 15 years.
Her expertise radiates in driving business operations towards business process excellence. This allows businesses to be more agile, productive, and innovative and achieve long-term growth and competitive advantage, key for sustainable business success.
An essential element of a sustainable business process is diversity. Therefore, she works towards incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in the growth strategy of companies to foster innovation.
Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Working Committee
Dirk Pekelharing is an experienced entrepreneur/manager, supervisory board member and coach.
With a broad experience in management and led successful innovation and transformation processes in a medium to large companies, mainly within the med-tech / life science industry. He is also active as chairman of various interest groups in the commercial and public health sectors.
His fascination focuses on various leadership models in healthcare and creating a business with a sustainable outcome.
Dirk combines strong vision and leadership development competencies, motivating people and expert teams and connecting relevant stakeholders.
Dirk holds a degree in animal science from Lincoln university NZ.
Chair of the Information and Technology Working Committee
Emile is Vice President of Information & Technology in EMEA for Medtronic, with responsibilities to run and optimize the Information and Technology landscape in EMEA (>20.000 users, >30 countries) and create capabilities to enable new business models and ultimately grow the business to reach more patients.
He is interested in applying (new) technologies in combination with multidisciplinary collaboration to achieve business outcomes. One example is the business leadership Emile has shown during the implementation of SAP for the Covidien acquisition in the EMEA region to ensure business operations got back to normal levels.
Furthermore, he has twice won the CIO award and a nomination for the Star of Excellence which shows his passion for delivering business value through Information and Technology.
Emile has grown within Medtronic from being an individual contributor in 2006 to leading the eCommerce team in 2008 and the Program Management Office in 2012, after which he started to lead the IT group in EMEA in 2015.
In 2017 Emile won the Global MWN Executive Sponsor Diversity Award for the significant increase in Women in IT and his active sponsorship role within that program.
Emile is the concept owner of the hourglass concept together with Peter Hinssen and as described in Peter’s latest book: “The Phoenix and the Unicorn”.
Before joining Medtronic in 2006, Emile was a business consultant for CMG. Emile holds an Information Management Master of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and CEMS (Community of European Management schools) degree.
Joël M. Duerr
Chair of the Accounting Committee
- Seasoned entrepreneur with a solid finance backbone, battle-scarred and constantly on the ball with executive accomplishments in big corporate environments as well as within the innovation-driven start-up realm.
- People-centric approach to materialize sustainable achievements with a strong sense for novel disruptive technologies.
- Anchored within an active global network, open-minded with a strong savvy of global culture, multi-lingual and winning through adaptive communication skills.
- Living the values of integrity, respect for others and delivering according to set expectations.
John L. Webster
Chair of the Secretary of the Implementation Working Committee
Mr Webster has over 40 years of quality assurance, regulatory and management experience and served for many years as European Director of Regulatory Affairs for Boston Scientific based in Paris and previously for Meadox Medicals Inc. in the UK.
Most recently, he was Principal Consultant and Managing Director of the European office of a US-based organization providing medical device consulting and European Authorised Representative services. Since 2010, Mr. Webster has served as Senior Regulatory Consultant for the Obelis Group based in Brussels and provided EU Consultancy Services and Authorised Representative Services for the Medical Device and other Directives.
During the writing of the Medical Device Directive, he was responsible for technical affairs at EUCOMED representing the medical technology industry in Europe and chaired the committee writing the Essential Requirements in Annex I of the Directive. Since its creation, Mr Webster has chaired the committee responsible for writing the European standards on labelling and symbols used with medical devices (CEN/CLC/TC 3/WG 1).
He regularly speaks at professional conferences on all aspects of medical device quality and regulatory compliance. He holds a higher degree in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem, M.R.S.C.), holds a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of East Anglia, is Certified as a Quality Engineer by the American Society of Quality, is a Fellow of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), serves on the European Operating Committee and is Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC).
Pierre de Potter
Chair of the Human Resources SubCommittee
Pierre is a Human Resources Interim Manager, with 30+ years of successful experience as Human Resources Executive in a variety of sectors in the industry, retail and services sectors, with companies ranging from a few dozens to 10.000+ employees.
His strengths are in managing organisation development, compensation & benefits, industrial relations, project management, integration of mergers & acquisitions.
He takes particular pride in managing and developing Executive Management teams and HR teams to higher results and success.
He holds a Masters in Law from Gent University, a special Masters in Administrative and Public Law from Brussels University and an Executive Masters in Management from Solvay Business School. He is completing the education by a certification as Director from Guberna Institute.