Olivier Witmeur (45) is Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles – U.L.B.) where he holds the Bernheim Chair in Entrepreneurship. He mainly teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Planning to graduate and post-graduate students, entrepreneurs, investors and consultants. He is also Deputy Dean for the Executive Education activities of the School.
Beside his activities for the business school, Olivier is the Chairman of the Brussels Council for Research and Innovation and an active Board member or strategic advisor in multiple growth oriented entrepreneurial ventures.
Before joining the U.L.B., Olivier has been part of the entrepreneurial team of OpenHR (2000-2006), a successful Belgian IT venture company specialized in HR management software, where he was mainly responsible for financial affairs. The company was created in 1997 and quickly became international with operations in France, Spain, U.K. and U.S. By 2005, OpenHR had 6M€ in revenues and a 70 people staff. It was sold to Arinso International in 2006.
Olivier has also been the Managing Director of EEBIC, a Business & Innovation Center / Incubator in Brussels (1995-1999) and Adviser to the Minister of Economy of the Brussels Region (1991-1994). Over the last 15 years Olivier has coached 100+ new and growing firms, published a book on business planning and written multiple papers on growth management in entrepreneurial ventures. Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering (1991) and a PhD in Entrepreneurship (2008). He attends and is a regular guest and speaker in multiple entrepreneurship and innovation related programs, workshops and conferences across Europe and US.