Nele is a business engineer and entrepreneur at heart. She is also trained as an agile coach and impact coach. Agility is her central theme: daring to dream, tackling things step by step, and learning by doing. For example, she also planned and helped realize the start-up of the cooperatives Tweeperenboom and De Smederij.
Her strength consists in making complex systems and issues comprehensible to others. She guides teams in coming to grips with uncertainty and lack of clarity. She previously worked as a logistics manager at IKEA, as an IT analyst, and as a strategy, change and agile coach at KBC. Now she is investing heavily in her own dream and business, Tweeperenboom.
Bert is a social educator with a passion for learning and change processes. He has worked as an independent management consultant since 2007. In this role, he guides governments, companies, schools and other organizations in designing and going through sometimes complex transition processes. Bert is a social entrepreneur at heart. He is the co-founder and managing director of Schoolmakers cv, a cooperative that guides educational change; he is also the chairman of Mysterie van Onderwijs, vzw, a platform for educational innovation. Previously, he was a founder of and partner at Levuur, a cooperative specializing in participative processes. So he is not cutting his teeth at Tweeperenboom. Bert’s ideal operating basis is launching innovative projects together.
Change is in Phil’s DNA. For the last 30 years, Phil has helped many companies and organizations realize their dreams, made companies more aware of their impact and made social organizations more entrepreneurial. Today, Phil shares his expertise as a breakthrough architect at Tweeperenboom. He is also a coach, mentor, and writer. His specializations are the development and implementation of vision, mission, strategy, and objectives. With a love for innovation and transparency, he is a pragmatic leader who enjoys taking people and teams to a higher level and is committed to processes with a sustainable impact. Phil is analytical, results-driven and resilient.
Jeroen Bryon has a doctorate in geography and has many years of experience in tourism, heritage and policy. He loves to turn opportunities into action, especially during complex transition processes. He also puts a great deal of thought into the co-creative design of future plans. For him, there is no greater satisfaction than bringing opposing visions together into a shared ambition – and no greater pleasure than kickstarting the realization of that ambition. Jeroen is a storyteller par excellence. Formulating strategies in a promotional manner. Inspiring young people in his classes at Thomas More. Or making documentaries such as “Weg van het Meesterwerk” (Path of the Masterpiece). It doesn’t matter how he does it, as long as he can tell stories. Jeroen is also a space creator. Literally – because it is his passion to give a new future to places with a past. But also figuratively: he likes to create space for people by stimulating collaboration, thinking through problems and forging close-knit teams. It’s the only way that transition processes can really succeed.
Birgit is a breakthrough architect and economist specializing in international relations. For over 20 years, she has guided people through change and learning processes in various industries, both nationally and internationally. She feels right at home guiding change processes in which the old no longer works, but the new is not yet there. She has an eye for processes where there is a need for an intermediate space in which people detach themselves from old dynamics and patterns. Processes in which grief, uncertainty and chaos are needed, so that people are really open to uniting and giving meaning to change or radical innovation. Processes in which experimentation, and the scaling-up of these experiments, are central to the achievement of real system change. Birgit knows that real breakthroughs often don’t take place at the level of content, knowledge or skills, but at the deeper level of relationships, power relations, dynamics, and patterns. Her passion is guiding groups, organizations and multi-stakeholder partnerships in this complex field and navigating with them between “safety” and “boldness” to achieve real breakthroughs. Birgit has taken various training courses in systemic and solution-oriented work, Deep Democracy and conflict management and the design and guidance of change and transition processes. In recent years, she has designed and guided processes for welfare organizations (e.g. Tele-Onthaal vzw, Binnenstad vzw, and Pag-Asa), NGOs (e.g. Broederlijk Delen, 11.11.11, VVOB, and Protos), governments (e.g. the Flemish Government, Province of Antwerp, City of Ghent, Herentals), and many others. Looking at things systemically, co-creation, innovation and connecting the concepts of work and difference are always central to her work.
Thinking, learning, innovating and working together toward a just and sustainable society – that is the common thread in Caroline’s professional life. Observing, analyzing, enthusing, challenging, creating and connecting are what she focuses on, be it for companies, students, social entrepreneurs, civil society, or governments. Caroline gained experience in a corporate social responsibility network. She worked on various themes, such as sustainable procurement, personnel policy, and sustainability reporting. From the business world, she went to the world of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, with local, impact-oriented initiatives. In addition to being a breakthrough architect, Caroline works as a knowledge manager at the Sociale InnovatieFabriek, a cross-industry networking organization that supports socially innovative and entrepreneurial projects and helps them in starting up, networking and creating impact. She shares and develops knowledge and practice about social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Caroline earned a master’s degree in social science, followed by a second master in international relations and conflict management from KU Leuven.
Chances are that Yeter is the first person you’ll see at Tweeperenboom. She makes sure that your day here will go as smoothly as possible. Keeping our meeting rooms in tiptop shape, estimates, telephones, catering, and much more are part of her job description. She always welcomes you with a smile, and knows how important good coffee is! After a master’s degree in psychology and 10 years of work experience at two nonprofit organizations in the integration and socio-cultural sectors, she is now Chief Happiness Officer at Tweeperenboom.