Virtual Data Innovation Summit * Full-Year 2021 Program  


Welcome, we are organizing a Virtual DI Summit program instead of an in-person DI Summit. The theme of the full-year 2021 online edition is AI For Everyone. Our objective is to make AI accessible for everyone by showing practical AI-applications from a business- and a technical point of view. The program starts with a monthly webcast, including real-life AI cases and complemented by, e.g., blogs and podcasts. 


Each monthly webcast starts with an inspiring keynote by an expert in, for example, FinTech, Manufacturing, Telco, Energy, Security, Data4Good, HealthTech, and more. Additionally, partners present a deep-dive into purposeful, real-life AI cases that give you insights into business problems, solutions, and technologies. The recording of every webcast is available for 12 months.  

Data Collection

Data Access

Data Analysis

Data Reporting


AI & Manufacturing

Manufacturing is leading the way to apply artificial intelligence technology. 

Finding new ways to create business value with industrial data is crucial for manufacturers to manage today’s data volume, velocity, and variety. 

AI techniques assist manufacturers in unlocking new insights, e.g., detecting potential quality issues and improvement areas, reducing inefficient scrap and rework, and enhancing yield.

Moderator & Speakers - March 16

Ferdinand Casier 

Business Group Leader Digital at Agoria

Ferdinand Casier holds an Executive Master in Management from the Solvay Business School. He has more than 20 years of experience in the digital industries.

In March 2013, he joined Agoria, the Belgian Federation for the technology industry, as Business Group Leader for the Digital. He has accelerated innovation in the data field through the EluciDATA project in collaboration with Sirris and DTAI (2014-2018). Besides, he developed several projects, including technologies such as IoT, cybersecurity, and information management.

Nowadays, Ferdinand is actively involved in implementing regional and national strategies to encourage AI adoption by companies and organizations. He is also the AI4Belgium Working Group Co-Lead for AI4Industry4.0.

Kaat Tastenhoye 

Analytical Consultant

Kaat graduated in 2013 from the University in Leuven as a business engineer, master in production and logistics. 

She started her career as a supply chain consultant where she did several different supply chain projects. In 2017, she joined SAS as an analytical consultant.

Sébastien Verhelst 

Manufacturing Analytics Expert at SAS

Since 2018, Sébastien joined SAS with a background in industrial engineering (2011), global management (2012) and obtained lean six sigma black belt certification (2015).

The specialized engineering skills together with business expertise enables him to analyze, predict and optimize systems and processes in an international context. Before joining SAS, Sébastien started his career at DuPont Chemicals as demand planner.

Afterwards he initiated multiple projects to improve their forecasting performance by using SAS. He then moved to Qualivino, a family business, to run a business transformation project.

Leila Rebbouh 

Head of Data Science & AI Solutions at NRB

Leila has broad career experience, from Corporate Research in Physics in Blue Chips like Toyota and Huntsman to Academical Research at the University of Manitoba. She participated in multiple high-tech projects.

Leila also has entrepreneurial experience as she founded her own company, LR Physics – LR Data Science, before Heading NRB’s Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Solutions team.


Registration link available 3 weeks before live broadcasting


Tuesday, March 16 – AI & Manufacturing

Tuesday, March 30 – FinTech AI Adoption & Benefits  

Tuesday, April 20 – AI & Security 

Tuesday, May 11 – AI & Data4Good

Tuesday, May 25 – AI in Brussels

Tuesday, June 15 – AI & Health

Tuesday, June 29 – AI, Telco & Energie

Tuesday, September 28 – AI & Mobility

Tuesday, October 19 – AI & Data Governance 

Tuesday, November 23 – AI & Ethics 

Tuesday, December 14 – AI, Media & Entertainment



Deep-Diving into AI & Industry 4.0 

AI Fosters Innovation by Governments

AI, Ethics & Law: What is Fair and Unfair?



Claudio Truzzi - Senior Executive at

" is a technology hub focussing on helping Brussels emerge as the ICT Heart of Europe. Actively participating in the Virtual DI Summit as a strategical partner is a powerful way to achieve this."

Desiree Timmermans - Business Owner at HelpToGrowBusiness

"My goal is to make AI accessible for everyone by virtually providing you AI knowledge and experience."

Philippe Van Impe - CEO at European Data Innovation Hub

"As the founder of the Data Science Community in Belgium and one of the driving forces of AI4Belgium, I fully support Desiree in extending the annual, famous diSummit with a full-year Virtual DI Summit program."​​​

Nathanaël Ackerman

Nathanaël Ackerman - AI4Belgium Lead

"As the largest community of AI players in Belgium, AI4Belgium strongly supports the diSummit initiative. Thanks to Desiree, the event is going virtual this year. We are proud that AI4Belgium actively contributes to the Virtual DI Summit by providing outstanding speakers to design an inspiring program, full of actionable insights!"

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