The jury

The Busworld Awards jury consists of specialised professionals in the bus and coach industry:


MR. JOHAN LIAGRE

Jury Group: DRIVING BUS

  • Teacher who was also active in the coach and tourism industry
  • 30+ years of experience as bus and coach driver @ Mandel Car in Belgium
  • Experienced the evolution of buses and coaches from a pure mechanical till nowadays sophisticated vehicle

MR. PIETER-JAN D'EIGENS

Jury Group: DRIVING COACH

  • Helped maintaining buses and coaches in the family business Mandel Car since childhood
  • Parked a coach for the first time when he was 12 years old
  • Became a coach driver at the age of 21, and did this for 13 years long across Europe
  • Today active in the daily planning and quotations of 44 vehicles @ Mandel Car

MR. STIEN VAN HEVELE

Jury Group: EMISSIONS

  • Expertise manager @ VDAB since 2002

MR. FREDERICK VANTIEGHEM

Jury Group: ECOLOGY & MAINTENANCE

  • Bachelor in Automechanics
  • Owner and CEO @ Vantieghem Bus & Coach since 2000, specialized in bus and coach repair and parts

MR. ERIK SPITAELS

Jury Group: ECOLOGY & MAINTENANCE

  • Master in Electro Mechanics
  • 10 years @ Volvo Trucks - Product Development & Chassis Engineering
  • Since 2007 @ De Lijn
    • Vehicle Management & Innovation
    • Expert/advisor alternative powertrains and fuels
    • Project Manager: EV TecLab, High VLO City, 3E Motion, etc.

MR. KARL ENNAERT

Jury Group: DRIVER COMFORT

  • Since 10 years responsible for driver training @ FCBO, and since 3 years @ BAAV
  • Teacher Transport & Advice @ Education Centre Lust since 2009

MS. VEERLE DE BOECK

Jury Group: PASSENGER COMFORT COACH

  • Master in Law & post-graduate degree in Business Economics
  • 18 years Secretary General @ ABTO (Association of Belgian Tour Operators)
  • Since 2014 working as independent consultant and Deputy Director of Synergy 4
  • Since 2017 responsible for the coach industry at FBAA (Federation of Belgian Buses and Coaches)

MR. CHRIS VERBAEYS

Jury Group: PASSENGER COMFORT COACH

  • Master in Applied Economics & Commercial Engineer
  • 16 years (Assistant) Sales Manager @ Jonckheere BVBA
  • 16 years Senior Sales Manager @ EvoBus Belgium

MS. DOROTHÉE COUCKHUYT

Jury Group: GUIDE COMFORT

  • Tour guide in Europe since 1994
  • Tour guide in Flanders & Remote Destinations
  • Bus & coach driving license

MR. MARIO PROVEZ

Jury Group: SAFETY

  • Bachelor in Electromechanical Technology
  • 3 years as Service Center Manager @ EvoBus
  • 7 years Purchasing @ Veolia
  • Since 2006 as Chief Technical Officer @ Hansea

MR. ROB OVERDIJKINK

Jury Group: SAFETY

  • Already 20 years entrepreneur, recent years focussing on (fire) safety @ FSE Support. Specialized in battery technologies and battery fire safety.
  • Owned his own coach in which he toured around Europe for business
  • Gives trainings to fireman and insurance companies regarding fire safety, and is a researcher on what causes fire accidents, and is still a part time coach driver

MR. JEAN PIERRE GEELEN

Jury Group: DESIGN + PASSENGER COMFORT BUS

  • Master in Product Design
  • 6 years Product Designer @ IDEA Design
  • 21 years Design Consultant / Partner / Director @ Enthoven Associates Design Consultants
  • Since 2010 Business Development Director Asia @ Yellow Window Design
  • Jury member at Busworld awards since 2011

MR. MARC VANHOUTTE

Jury Group: BATTERIES

  • Industrial Engineer in Tooling and Machining
  • 27 years of experience within the bus industry worldwide
  • 20 years @ Transdev:
    • Supported Bus Fleet Management for the group
    • Providing expertise on fleet related issues, technical issues and within tendering processes
    • Expertise regarding the preparation of the offers for tenders with electric buses

MR. MARK D'EIGENS

SPECIAL OBSERVATIONS

  • Studied Tourism, Accountancy and Tour Guide
  • Working at Mandel Car since 1977
  • Owner at Mandel Car since 1985
  • Member of the board @ BAAV (Busworld) & FBAA

MR. EMMANUEL VANSTEELANDT

  • Chairman of Busworld Awards
  • Owner at Demuynck & Vansteelandt Coaches / Travel Agency
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