Meet the Management Team

The NGDATA leadership team brings together years of experience in big data, artificial intelligence and machine-learning to deliver technology solutions for data-rich organizations across the globe.

NGDATA takes pride in our board, which includes successful industry experts and entrepreneurs from around the world. They have built, funded and consulted for companies that are among the most successful in the financial services, technology, consulting and venture industries.

NGDATA’s advisory board is made up of business and technology leaders from around the world. These advisors have a long history of delivering winning business, financial and product strategies. NGDATA is pleased to have them as part of our team.

Michel is executive chairman of NGDATA. He is a serial entrepreneur, private investor, advisor and board member, serving on the boards of public and private companies and private equity funds. He was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay, a finance technology company focused on global payment solutions, before it was acquired by FIS (Nasdaq: FIS) in 2014. Before Clear2Pay, Michel was founder, CEO and chairman of FICS, a fintech company specialized in online banking and compliance reporting. In 1999, FICS merged with Security First Technologies, creating the leader in Internet banking – S1 Corporation (Nasdaq: SONE), with Michel as its chairman. He also was executive chairman of Data4S, a data analytics specialist, focusing on anti-money laundering applications. The company got acquired in 2004. Michel holds a M.Sc. in electronic engineering and computer sciences and a degree in economics and finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is multi-lingual and operates worldwide.

Michel Akkermans


Doug is the Chief Executive Officer at NGDATA and brings more than 30 years of international experience. Prior to NGDATA Doug was previously Executive Director of Corporate Banking Solutions at financial services technology specialists FIS Global. Prior to this Doug was CEO of payments technology firm Clear2Pay America, which was bought by FIS Global in 2014. He also held senior positions with S1, Unisys and HSBC.

Doug Gross


Ms Katrin Geyskens is a partner at Capricorn Venture Partners (www.capricorn.be) where she is driving the Capricorn ICT Fund focusing on venture investments in the areas of Digital Healthcare and Big Data. Recent investments include NGDATA, Right Brain Interface and Cartagenia. Katrin joined Capricorn Venture Partners through its merger with Quest Management in January 2012. At Quest, she was since 2001 responsible for venture investments in ICT companies and 3rd party venture funds, investing out of Quest for Growth (quoted on Euronext Brussels, ticker: QFG). Before this, Katrin acquired extensive experience in banking and management consulting at CERA Bank (now KBC), Merrill Lynch (now BofA) and A.T.Kearney. She currently serves as Chairman Elect for the Belgian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. Katrin holds a Master of Business Economics: Business Engineering degree from KU Leuven and an MBA of the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Katrin Geyskens

Capricorn Venture Partners, Partner/ICT – Digital healthcare and Big Data

Dominique is long standing manager in the IT services and software world with key managements positions held in Cap Gemini as Group Vice President, Atos as Group COO and SopraSteria as Managing Director. He now is the CEO of ELS, European leader in digital legal tax and regulatory publishing encompassing 8 countries, over 2000 employees and over 400 MEuros. He is also Chairman of Rocket Lawyer Europe (a LegalTech company), Board Member of ESCP Europe, Investment Committee member of Parvilla II (a PE fund) and Treasurer of the French Publishing association (SNE). Previously, Dominique has been an independent Board member of Clear2pay. Dominique earned an MBA of ESCP Europe and a CPA graduation. Dominique is also a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

Dominique Illien


Jurgen is the founder and Managing Partner of SmartFin Capital. Previously, he was founder and CFO of Clear2Pay (EU, 2000), a global solutions provider for payment systems to banks. Clear2Pay was purchased by FIS. Before founding Clear2Pay, Jurgen worked as Senior Investment Manager with Dexia Ventures, the venture capital division of Dexia Bank. He is currently member of the board at Itineris, Ribrain, Citymesh and Enqio, which focuses on Big Data and business intelligence consulting. Jurgen is also a member of the investment committee of Vinnof (PMV) and Sniper Investments. He holds a degree in political and social sciences, and an MBA from the University of Antwerp. He also has a postgraduate degree in corporate finance.

Jürgen Ingels

Founder and Managing Partner SmartFin Capital

Manfred Krikke is a partner of HPE and has over 20 years of investment banking, operating and private equity investment experience in the technology sector.  He spent 16 years working in the US and has a strong Silicon Valley network. Manfred is responsible for the firm’s investment processes and manages the investment team. Prior to joining HPE, Manfred was a technology investment banker at Montgomery Securities and a partner at TPG Capital, where he focused on technology growth investments. As an entrepreneur, Manfred was involved in growing a software company from its inception to a successful IPO on the Nasdaq. Manfred was further involved in over 30 transactions raising over $2 bln in growth capital for technology companies, including 15 IPOs such as Siebel Systems, Real Networks, Open Text, and Raptor Systems. Manfred earned a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Vrije University in Amsterdam.  He is currently a guest lecturer on the topic of private equity at the post-doctorate Investment Management program at the VU School of Finance.  He speaks English, Dutch, Italian, German and (some) French.  Manfred resides in the Netherlands with his wife, Erin, and his 3 children.

Manfred Krikke

HPE Growth Capital

Luc is the Partner of Venture Capital at Idinvest Partners, and focuses on information technology and services industries. Prior to joining Idinvest, Luc took part in the launch of the National Investor private equity program in Abu Dhabi (UAE), and served as investment director in the offset team of Giat Industries (Nexter Group) in Abu Dhabi. Previously, Luc was the CFO of Webcorp, and worked as audit manager at Cabinet Constantin. Luc serves as a board member for Crocus Technology, Groupe Bernard Julhiet, and Meilleure Gestion. Other investments include Cosmosbay (acquired by Solucom), Lea (acquired by HF), and Sefas Innovation (acquired by Docapost). Luc holds a Master’s degree in accounting, finance, and business law from Nantes University.

Luc Maruenda

Partner, Venture Capital, Idinvest Partners

Justin Regenwether is the Chief Operating Officer of NGDATA North America. Justin brings a rich experience that includes Data Platforms and Solutions, Startups, Private equity, Big five consulting, and a passion for Customer Success Management. Justin is based in Denver, CO.

Justin Regenwether

COO - North America

Johan Martens is NGDATA’s Chief Operating Officer. Johan brings more than 25 years of experience within the banking sector with extensive experience in project & program management as well as line management (operations, HR, sales, marketing, and IT). Since 1999, Johan has been part of and managed more than 20 internet banking projects in Belgium and abroad.

Johan Martens


Francis is the Head of Finance & Legal at NGDATA. Francis holds a Master Degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences (HUB, Brussels) and a MSc in Information Technology (Keele University, UK). Previously, Francis held finance positions in different industries and companies such as TriFinance, WDP, Esko, Chesapeake Corp. He has built up a 17 years diverse finance expertise with a focus on financial controlling, reporting and process improvement. When Francis isn’t deep in the numbers, he likes spending his time with his kids and family, enjoys hiking and attending all kinds of cultural events.

Francis Mareen

Head of Finance & Legal

Jens is Vice President of Professional Services and Operations in Asia-Pacific and has been calling the region his home for many years. In his prior experience, Jens was head of an Analytics & IoT division in Asia-Pacific with solutions consisting of BI & analytics, data science and Internet of Things where he was responsible for business development and operations. Jens joined NGDATA because of his passion for big data & artificial intelligence being applied in the customer data space to achieve the ultimate goal of creating great customer experiences. He holds a Master of Science in Business Engineering from Ghent University in Belgium.

Jens Ponnet

VP Professional Services - APAC

Jurgen Desmedt is NGDATA’s Head of Marketing and brings over 10 years of experience in Project Management and Digital Marketing. As data became increasingly important in his role as Online Sales & Services Manager, he joined NGDATA in 2016. Jurgen plays a key role at NGDATA by connecting product capabilities with business needs within Product Management through his current position as Head of Marketing.

Jurgen Desmedt


Molly has more than 20 years of marketing management and leadership experience with technology startups. Her diverse background covers all facets of marketing from advertising and digital marketing to public relations and promotions. She has successfully built marketing organizations from the ground up in both the US and Europe. Previously, Molly headed marketing at companies including Imprivata, Novell, SilverStream Software, Pilot Software and Powersoft. When Molly isn’t promoting the great solutions of NGDATA, she can be found skiing or hiking in the San Juan mountains of Colorado.

Molly Galetto

VP Analyst Relations & PR

Doug Cutting has been working in the field of information retrieval for more than 15 years. He is the creator of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch and Hadoop. He currently serves as Chief Architect of Cloudera, Inc. Prior to this, he served three years at Yahoo! And before Yahoo, he developed novel approaches to information access at Excite, Apple and Xerox PARC. He serves as a Director of the Apache Software Foundation and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Stanford University.

Doug Cutting

Chief Architect, Cloudera, Inc.

Mr. Jean-Francois Van Kerckhove (JF) serves as Vice President of M&A and Business Development at eBay. Prior to his current role, JF joined eBay in 2007 as VP of Corporate Strategy at eBay Inc., and subsequently led Operations and New Business Incubation for eBay. Before joining eBay, JF was SVP at Spirent Communications, and a member of McKinsey’s West Coast High-Technology and Corporate Finance leadership teams. JF started his career at the Alcatel’s Corporate Research Center. He received an M.B.A. from INSEAD and an M.S.E.E. from K.U.Leuven in Belgium.

Jean Francois Van Kerckhove

Vice President Corporate Strategy, eBay

Guy Weyns is a founder and managing director of Arundel Capital, an investment advisory firm based in London. A former faculty member of Harvard Business School, Guy joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 to work in the bank’s principal investments group as well as its financial institution’s M&A team. After Goldman Sachs he joined Morgan Stanley, where he became a Managing Director of the Global Investment Research division and led the development of the bank’s fundamental analysis and valuation tools. In addition, he created and directed Morgan Stanley’s flagship thematic research publication, the Blue Papers. Guy holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Gent in Belgium.

Guy Weyns

Founder and Managing Director, Arundel Capital

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