Meet the management team

Baudouin Velge

Managing Partner

Baudouin has been Managing Partner of Interel in Belgium since 2007. He advises clients in a variety of industries on public affairs, corporate communications and crisis communications assignments.

Before joining Interel, Baudouin was the CEO of the Belgian retailers’ federation Comeos and prior to that, chief economist of the Federation of Entreprises in Belgium (FEB). Earlier in his career, Baudouin held management responsibilities with credit insurer Euler-Hermes and Philips.

He started his career at the National Bank of Belgium. He is a professor of strategic communications at the University of Louvain, and has been member of the board of BEL20 listed companies Bekaert and Cofinimmo.

Baudouin holds a MA in Economics and a degree in Philosophy, both from the University of Leuven, as well as a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

Laurent-Paul Van Steirtegem

Partner

Laurent-Paul Van Steirtegem has been a Partner based in Interel’s Brussels office since 2010. He leads on strategic communications engagements for clients across a number of industries, and specialises in crisis communications, reputation management and corporate communications.

Laurent joined Interel from the Boston Consulting Group, where, as a management consultant, he advised clients on strategy definition, turnaround management and change management. Earlier in his career, Laurent was in the Belgian Diplomatic Service and served at the Permanent Representation to the European Union.

He is a professor of media relations at the University of Louvain, and sits on the board of Goods To Give, an organisation redistributing surplus consumer goods from manufacturers and retailers to charities.

Laurent holds a MSc in Management and a MA in International Relations, both from the University of Louvain, and received his MBA from INSEAD. He is fluent in English, French and Dutch, and conversational in Italian.

Karel Joos

Partner

Karel Joos has been a Partner, based in Interel’s Brussels office, since 2008. He is a public affairs specialist with particular expertise in corporate communications and crisis communications. He also leads Interel’s work across geographies in the transport and infrastructure sector.

Before joining Interel, he was the director of the cabinet of the Belgian minister for public sector enterprises where he supervised policy-making at the Belgian railways, the Belgian Post and telecommunications operator Belgacom.

Prior to that, he worked as an advisor to the Minister-President of the Flemish Government covering a range of issues including public works, mobility, public-private partnerships (PPP) and industrial economics. He started his career as an officer in the Belgian armed forces, and then upon leaving the army worked as a strategy consultant dealing mainly with transport policy.

Karel is the author of Lobbyen, the first textbook on corporate public affairs in the Benelux. He is a publicly-acknowledged expert in PPP and is a member of the United Nations Team of PPP Specialists. He also has co-authored four books on transportation economics.

Karel is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy; he holds a MSc in Construction Engineering from the University College Ghent and a MA in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French and conversational in German.