Kevin de Caluwé
Kevin de Caluwé is a Senior Consultant at rInnovation Group. With a background in chemical engineering, service designing and market analysis, Kevin built his career in strategic innovation management at Bekaert, which is the world’s largest non-integrated steel wire manufacturer. In partnership with rInnovation group, he was one of the driving forces to introduce the D-I-A® and TMRO® principles in the company, and was at the forefront during the definition of Bekaert’s strategic innovation intent. For several years, he was responsible for the Discovery phase and early Incubation in Bekaert’s corporate innovation team and took a leading role in reducing the uncertainties on technical, market, resources and organizational level. During these years, Kevin built up a proven track record in identifying innovation opportunities in the automotive, construction and additive manufacturing industry and build up an extensive experience in interviewing industry thought leaders and experts in several technical domains.
For more than nine years, Kevin has been a business coach at Vlerick Business School, where he advises CEO’s and entrepreneurs in the development of strategic growth plans for their company during an executive course of 6 months. As a start-up mentor at Start-it @KBC, the biggest start-up accelerator in Belgium, he acts as mentor to start-up entrepreneurs, mainly on finding product market fit during their Discovery and Incubation phase. Additionally, as a trained facilitator, Kevin is often asked to lead creative or strategic brainstorm sessions, with internal and external participants.
Kevin gives guest lectures at the University of Manchester, University College of Ghent, University College of Brussels and Vlerick Business School, specifically on the topic of strategic innovation management and collaborative innovation. He obtained a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent and completed additional education in Innovation Management, Digital Transformation (both at Vlerick Business School) and Entrepreneurship at Flanders Business School.