John Baekelmans obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium & spent 21 years at Cisco where he held various global leadership positions within Engineering, Services & the M&A departments & has authored numerous US & European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called Fifthplay.

Based in Eindhoven, John is currently Managing Director for the Netherlands & Vice President at imec.