Who is Filip Van den Abeele?
Filip is a self-employed pipeline engineer in the oil and gas industry and his expertise is in great demand. When he was Head of Science at the VRT, he could perfectly explain science and technology in an understandable manner, with plenty of room for humour. In every panel discussion or lecture, he thus invariably presents some rather remarkable conclusions. So it comes as no surprise that Filip is greatly appreciated as a presenter of events or moderator of study days and debates.
But he recently also discovered his sense of entrepreneurship. In addition to his copywriting bureau and production house for radio, TV and multimedia, he founded Subseawolf in 2012, a steadily growing consultancy firm that offers engineering services for the design, installation and management of pipelines and offshore infrastructure.
In 2009, together with Lieven Scheire he published a book called Wat als de olie op is? (What happens when the oil runs out?), in which the two friends addressed the issue of our energy supply. “The aim was to move away from cynicism and encourage people towards realism.” Oil, gas, coal, nuclear energy, solar panels, wind energy, bio fuels, hydro power and hydrogen: the pros and cons of all types of energy are considered. This involves dispelling certain myths, without being patronising.
We engaged with Filip as a moderator for the Ethical Technology Institute launch webinar. Filip did this tremendously well. He knows his business, prepared thoroughly and was very fluent during the webinar. He responded smoothly to what was said during the keynote and panel discussion and at the same time kept the interaction with the audience.
Founder & Board Chairman ETI
Filip Van den Abeele presented an excellent keynote at our event for around 300 supply chain managers!
Filip Van den Abeele successfully oversaw our research day in a determined, efficient and humorous manner.
Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Filip exceeded all expectations when overseeing Gent BC's networking evening. He is a skilled scientist who uses appropriate humour and passion to captivate his audience. We saw Filip effortlessly deliver the kind of quality that you do not even see in well-rehearsed TV programmes: a strong and accessible story, which captivated the audience and immediately created the right atmosphere for networking afterwards.
General Director Gent BC