Kristel Van den Bergh is a creative intrapreneur with a deep passion for people and technology.
Throughout her career, she has led various new product launches in Europe, China, and Northern Africa. Today, she is Innovation Manager at Materialise where she focuses on enabling new applications of 3D Printing through open innovation projects.
In her free time, Kristel speaks about the potential of the human mind, connecting the dots with innovation and personal transformation. She is currently Steering Committee Member of the Prince Albert Fund and trained as a Co-Active Coach®.
Nora Toure: Kristel, could you let us know about your background and what brought you into 3D printing in the first place?
Kristel Van den Bergh: I graduated from Leuven University with a Business degree and then worked for several years in management consulting. My transition into 3D Printing was facilitated by the Prince Albert Fund – a Belgian non-profit that offered me a unique opportunity to craft my own international assignment in a country and industry of choice.
I used this wildcard to make a career shift and joined Materialise (China) for three main reasons: the prospect of endless application opportunities, the potential for social impact, and the privilege to work with industry experts who almost single-handedly created their industry over the past 27 years.
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