HR Talks (by
HR Talks (by
Marc Ernst,
HR Talks #7 with Lisbeth Decneut (imec) & Deb Vansteenwegen (KU Leuven)
48 minutes Posted Sep 25, 2021 at 11:14 am.
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Marc Ernst, founder and director of, talks in Dutch for about 48 minutes with Deb Vansteenwegen (HR director @ de Universiteit van Leuven) & Lisbeth Decneut (Executive Vice president People & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Safety @ imec) (NL).

Ms Decneut has been working at imec since 1997, where she started as a recruitment manager. Before that, she was a researcher at the faculty of psychology of the KU Leuven.

Ms. Vansteenwegen joined KU Leuven in 2014, starting as a director in a HR function. Before that, she was director at ISW Limits, a service provider in the field of psychosocial well-being that later merged with Eupora and is now called Pulso. She started her career as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven.

Imec is the world's leading independent research and innovation centre in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. It is a spin-off from the KU Leuven. It employs over 5,000 people, mainly in its headquarters in Leuven but also in its branches in the Netherlands, Taiwan, the US, China, India and Japan. 

KU Leuven, one of the older universities in the world (founded in 1425) and the largest in the Benelux, has more than 21,600 staff members and 60,000 students. 

The following topics, among others, are addressed:

  • The policy of imec and KU Leuven on homeworking and, by extension, hybrid working.
  • The pension reform of PS Minister Lalieux (PS) and how their two organisations respond to the need and desire of many to work longer but flexibly.
  • Two recent studies (one by Steunpunt Werk of the University of Leuven and one by Acerta in cooperation with the KU Leuven) on learning & development in Belgium and how they do L&D in their organisation.
  • The innovative and even revolutionary HR policy of Decathlon, winner of the HR innov8 Award (powered by HRMinfo).
  • Which company or other organisation they look up to for their HR policy.
  • Which book or two books on business, management or HR they recommend HR professionals to read.
  • To what extent and in which way HR at imec plays a role in stimulating and supporting the innovation drive of the organisation and its employees.
  • The main lines, the underlying vision and the scientific foundation of the welfare policy of KU Leuven.

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