Who is Jeroen Denaeghel?
Jeroen landed in the world of media after taking part in the very first edition of Big Brother. Not long after, he was working behind the camera as director of De Planckaerts, Goedele Liekens and Panorama. He is a journalist and TV producer, founded the cycling magazine Bahamontes and writes for HUMO and Eos. He is also a bio-engineer and travelled around the world looking for dangerous animals and exotic birds. In 2010, he wrote a book about his world trip: Op zoek naar het beest (looking for the beast).
The speaker is a gifted storyteller and his natural flair is able to fascinate audiences. He uses his typically humorous, no-nonsense style to take people on a journey into his two favourite biotopes: nature and the world of cycling.
We recently invited Jeroen for an evening lecture on Op zoek naar het beest. He spoke with great enthusiasm about his travels and people were hanging on his every word. He occasionally used sensational factoids to add a bit of context, but that only added to the entertainment value (and he never tried to pass rumours off as the truth). The fun anecdotes in between also livened up the presentation and made it an enjoyable experience.
Of course, I shouldn't forget the images: photos by Celine van Cauwenberghe were displayed on a large screen, and helped to illustrate the lecture perfectly. Let's say we did find a lot of beasts (as well as mesmerising landscapes and strange people).
After the lecture, Jeroen spent plenty of time offering deeper insight into some of the passages, answering questions and even showing new photos.
And all this resulted in a fun and captivating evening; I think we can even say that Jeroen enjoyed himself too!