In 2003, the Brussels Regional Government funded a survey & seminar to identify the skills of current Industrial Leaders and the requirements of the next generation of leaders.

Over 100 participants from industry, engineering institutions and academia contributed to produce a curriculum and research programme for an alternative ‘Institute of Leadership’.

In 2004, the first pilot programme was tested by members of the new formed European Institute of Industrial Leadership (EIIL) and the first annual workshop programme was launched in Sept 2004. Since then more than 1100 future leaders from more than 50 companies have participated in the EIIL workshop programme.

Our annual member-led research programmes, conferences, consortia and surveys into the future needs of industry have not only provided us with a wealth of knowledge of industry issues but have also allowed us to continually update our workshops to better equip managers for the working environment of the future.

In 2015 EIIL moved from its home on the outskirts of Brussels to Science 14 at the heart of the European quarter with a mandate from its members to vigorously pursue its research aims and to help bring to the attention of its members the many disparate activities related to attracting developing and retaining technical talent which is going on in other related industry associations as a result of industry 4.0, UN SDGs, Climate Crisis…

In 2020 we introduced a completely redesigned virtual workshop format. We continue to learn online through insights from industry seniors, expert coaches and participants, focus on online skill development not just acquiring knowledge and online networking with industry peers, alumni and seniors from the EIIL network. We use collaborative, creative online tools, engaging and challenging activities, and one-to-one coaching online to develop skills needed for effective remote team-working.

EIIL 20th anniversary



This is the main supervisory board for EIIL activities. It is composed of the most Senior Managers from Corporate Members. It meets annually, though with no legal obligation to the EIIL. It ensures membership fees are spent in line with IAB recommendations, and gives advice on EIIL strategy, feedback on performance and quality of workshops, the direction of research programmes and Scholarships.

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    Jelle Nederstigt

    President Europe, Middle East & Africa at Worley

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    Michael B. Friede

    Chief Commercial Officer – Performance Coatings & Member of the Executive Committee bei AkzoNobel

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    Tanya Müller Borges

    Sales Director EMEA for Healthcare, Environment, Consumer and Construction at Specialty Polymers at Solvay

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    Ralph Herbst

    Head of Strategy Implementation & Business Planning Cell & Gene Therapy Unit at Bayer

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    Frank Hollander

    Project Director at Copenhagen Infrastructure Services Co

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    Jon Chambers

    Partner and Supply Chain & Procurement Practice Leader DACH at IBM

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    Chris Hamlin

    Capability Development Lead at Seeq


The EIIL’s Board of Directors is made up of senior professional engineers and scientists, passionate about the aims of the EIIL. They each have huge experience in industry, in professional and industry associations, and within the EU institutions.


The EIIL is a lean organisation. Its central team of administrative staff, project and programme managers together manage an annual programme of around 30 workshops and conferences both online and in at least six European countries.
As part of a learning organisation, they are always striving to find ways to make these essential management processes ever more efficient to help our Members do more for less.



The EIIL Core Faculty comprises both domain experts and advisors, and experts in the masterclass learning process.

The Core Faculty is supplemented every year by more than fifty Guest Faculty from around twenty-five companies, who all share their experiences freely on EIIL development and research workshops because they share the vision and values of the Institute. The EIIL network can also draw on more than 800 alumni, middle and senior managers in companies around the world, and increasingly these are returning as support coaches on the various programmes.

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    John Doerr

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: High Performance Leadership, Coaching

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    Paul Bennington

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: Competitive Operations, Leading Innovation, Knowledge Management

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    Denis Hicks

    Faculty Coach- Specialism: Innovation, Strategy, Business Planning, Industrial Marketing, Multicultural Teamworking

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    Steven Price

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: Project and Programme Management, New Product Introduction, Coaching

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    Greg Watts

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: Competitive Operations, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement

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    Chris Davidson

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: extensive operations experience in industry; regional responsibility across Europe, Africa and Asia.

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    Tanya Müller Borges

    Global Business Unit Peroxides, Commercial Manager Specialties & Derivatives at Solvay

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    Peter Craeghs

    International Mobility Manager at Air Liquide.

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    Mark Jenkins

    Faculty Coach – Specialism: Selling, Negotiating, Business Development, Strategy. Leading Turnarounds in Companies