The Council

The Council is composed of four members, i.e. one chairman and three are ordinary members. They are appointed by the King for a six-year term on the minister’s proposal and by a decree deliberated in the Council of Ministers. The Council members work full time.

Composition of the Council

Michel Van Bellinghen, chairman of the Council

Michel Van Bellinghen, Master of Laws (UCL), started off at the university in 1990 as a researcher, then became an assistant under the supervision of Professor Françoise Tulkens, at the UCL Laws Centre for Criminal Law.
He became an assistant advisor at the Ministry of Justice in 1992 under the supervision of Professor Marc Bossuyt and joined BIPT in 1997. From 1999 to 2003 he held the position of expert at the private office of Rik Daems, who was the Federal Telecommunications Minister at the time, and afterwards took up the function of Assistant Head of the Private Office. From 2003 until 2009 he was nominated Member of the BIPT Council for the first time. Following this mandate he remained closely affiliated to the Council and supervised the legal department of the regulator during a number of years. He has written scientific publications. In 2013 he held a position on the Council as a Member. In January 2017 he was assigned Chairman of the BIPT Council.

Michel Van Bellinghen is in charge of the following departments: the Purchase and Logistics Department; the Budget and Finance Department; the Communications Department; the Translation Department; the International Relations Department; the Registry Department. 

Axel Desmedt, member of the Council

Axel Desmedt holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Free University of Brussels (1997) as well as an LLM degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) where he specialised in international trade law.
Between 1997 and 2006, Axel Desmedt joined the Brussels Bar as a lawyer, working respectively for the law firms Stibbe (at the EU/WTO Department) and WilmerHale (in the Competition, Trade and Communications Departments). In that capacity his tasks included the representation of clients from the postal and telecommunications sectors. From 2006 until 2009 he worked for the International group France Telecom/Orange in the Global Roaming & International Interconnection Department, and as Deputy Director of the Permanent Representation to the EU at France Telecom/Orange respectively. Axel Desmedt has been a Member of the BIPT Council since 2009, managing several services. In January 2017 he was nominated once more as a Member of the Council. Axel Desmedt co-founded the magazine on network industry legislation for which he holds a position on the editorial team and he is a visiting lecturer at the UCL as well.

Axel Desmedt is in charge of the following departments: the Legal Department; the Human Resources Department; the Telecoms Market & Media Department.

Jack Hamande, member of the Council 

After having obtained his master degree in psychological and pedagogical sciences (ULB) and an additional degree in management, Jack Hamande acquired a great deal of experience in management first at the Walt Disney Group, AT&T, Verizon Business, Cisco and Proximus.
His managerial responsibilities increased and broadened over the years, especially as regards strategy, regulation, engineering and business development. In 2009 he changed the course of his career by joining the Belgian federal public sector as Director General for Organisation and Personnel Development at the FPS Personnel & Organisation. There he initiated several programmes applying to the whole of the federal public service in areas such as efficiency, customer orientation, leadership development, performance management, culture, diversity and well-being at work. In September 2013 he joined the ranks of the Institute where he was Chairman of the Council until January 2017 when he was nominated as a Member of the Council.

Jack Hamande is in charge of the following departments: the IT Department; the Postal Market Department; the Monitoring Department; the NetSec Department.

Luc Vanfleteren, member of the Council

Luc Vanfleteren is Master in Law (UGent) and Economics (KULeuven) as well as Master in Economics for Competition Law (King’s College London).
He went on to specialise himself in international economics, game theory and industrial organisation (John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, MIT and LSE).  He recently followed the advanced management programme at Vlerick. He started his career as a journalist for Trends, after which he  became responsible for companies in the information and communications technology as an assistant director at Agoria, the federation of the technological industry. From 1994 to 1999 he was an adviser to Van den Brande.  He advised the Minister-President on policy in the fields of research and development, liberalisation of utilities (gas, electricity and telecommunications sectors) and international organisations (EU and OECD). Afterwards he became responsible for strategy and business development at Imec (Interuniversitair Micro-elektronica Centrum). In 1999 he became Director Regulatory Affairs and Interconnection at Telenet. In 2013 Luc Vanfleteren is appointed as a member of the BIPT Council; in January 2017 he was nominated once more as a Member of the Council.

Luc Vanfleteren is in charge of the following departments: the Assignments Department; the Consumer Department.