Françoise Chombar is the CEO and co-founder of Melexis. She has held executive positions with a number of tech companies and is currently a member of the Board of Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group.
She is equally president of the STEM platform, an advisory board to the Flemish government, aiming to encourage young people to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics education. She was a mentor to the SOFIA Women’s Network for 17 years, a coaching, networking and educational program for women active in the profit sector.
Françoise Chombar’s long-term commitment to actively advocating more STEM and more gender balance is driven by her profound belief in their positive societal impact. She was the 2016 recipient of the Vlerick Award and the 2018 recipient of the Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs of BNP Paribas and ICT-Personality of the Year by Datanews. Most recently she has been granted a Science Fellowship at the VUB.