John Baekelmans

John Baekelmans is Vice President & Managing Director for imec in the Netherlands. As Managing Director, he is responsible for the overall NL business and operations. Next to his Imec NL role he leads the Internet of Things and Connected Health Solutions teams and is responsible for the Smart City vertical across imec globally.

Before imec, John spent 21 years at Cisco where he held various global leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments and has authored numerous US and European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called fifthplay. Before Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX-networks at Siemens.

John obtained a Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). In his spare time, he is engaged in Belgium’s National fast response rescue team to assist in global disasters. He loves to ski, is an advanced scuba diver and currently lives in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.


While cities are getting more under pressure with a multitude of urbanization challenges, it’s citizens are also becoming more demanding to increase their overall quality of life. The same challenge exists in Flanders, Belgium. The Flemish government has decided to take on this challenge head-on and has started a number of strategic projects to ensure they can stay ahead of the curve. One of the core initiatives of the Flemish Smart City strategy is a test and validation trajectory where concepts of solutions for particular city challenges can be validated in full concerto with citizens using a living lab approach. John will explain the current progress in the city of Antwerp using a number of real use-cases being deployed today using IoT technologies.



Elisabeth Room 11:30