Randy is an entrepreneurial consultant fascinated by human beings. His intention is to create a world where people have the resources and are empowered to take care of their own health.
The majority of Randy’s assignments are in the field of Life Sciences, Nutrition and Health Care where he manages complex intersectoral collaborations. Randy has the unique ability to feel the many dimensions of such collaborations. This allows him to generate trust in multicultural teams and drive emerging projects forward. As an independent consultant, he managed several pharmaceutical development projects from discovery to late development at Johnson and Johnson, Global Public Health. He worked with top level NGO’s, Pharma Companies, Funding Organizations and CROs from US, Europe, India and Japan. On a national level, he drove the strategic collaborative effort in the Nutrition Platform for Chronic Care, a new organization including many stakeholders from Food Industry, Health Care and Universities. He also has a track record of successful public funding applications including FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Horizon 2020 SME Phase I funding and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds for drug development.
Recently, he joined the shiftN team and embarked in a project for the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Center focusing on the use of antibiotics in Belgium. As part of the shiftN team, he applied systems thinking and mapping to gain insight in the dynamics underlying the human and veterinary use of antibiotics in Belgium. This was used to generate a new policy on the use of antibiotics. Randy resonates with shiftN’s methodologies including systems thinking, mapping and Soft systems Methodology.
In 2013, Randy co-designed Parki’s Cook Atelier, a Belgian non-profit organization that empowers persons with Parkinson’s to use nutrition and the interaction with their medication as a tool to increase their quality of life. Randy’s hands-on spirit created many opportunities for Parki’s Cook Atelier, including scientific collaborations and partnering in start-up initiatives.
Randy holds a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium. During his academic career, he was at the forefront of the development of mesoporous silica based drug delivery systems. His pioneering work resulted in several patents and scientific publications and was awarded with the L. Da Vinci price. The technology led to the foundation of FORMAC Pharmaceuticals, a spin-off company from the University of Leuven. Randy is a life-long learner and gained additional expertise in business development and strategy at the Vlerick management school, Belgium.
Randy is also a passionate cyclist intrigued by physical and mental experiences during long and heavy rides in the mountains. Together with Philippe from shiftN, he created the concept SenseCycling which aim is to cultivate the transformative potential of cycling for humans and societies.