Ludo Van der Heyden
Chairman of the Board
After a degree in mathematics and physic Marc sailed as cadet officer on French flag tanker and bulk carrier around the world . After few years he served in the French Navy as hydrograph, having passed the international hydrograph certificate IFS/IHO “B” delivered by the International Hydrographical Organisation, Monaco.
More than 15 years in the navy allowed him to manage surveys and surveyor teams around the world for the French Hydrographical and Oceanographic Service (SHOM). After this experience he served during 12 years at CGG on seismic vessels as Navigator and Chief Navigator. He was responsible of the data acquisition, positioning of the vessel, and management of multicultural team. Marc is now looking for consulting in marine seismic navigation QC or offshore hydrographical surveys.
Sameh Abadir is a Professor of Leadership and Negotiation at IMD in Lausanne. Abadir's fields of expertise are negotiation, conflict management, crisis management, and leadership.
Prior to joining IMD in 2018, he was an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD for 15 years. He was previously an executive at Sodexo, one of the world's largest multinational corporations, and served in the Egyptian Special Forces between 1985 and 1988.
Abadir advises companies on negotiations and runs negotiation workshops in English, French and Arabic. He has recently directed custom programs for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Jerónimo Martins, ArcelorMittal, and Merck, and is Co-Director of IMD's signature Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) and Negotiating for Value Creation (NVC) open programs.
A Lawyer by training, François gained initial experience in Mergers & Acquisitions (specializing in the Energy sector) with World-class corporate law firms. He developed a passion for entrepreneurship in 2009, when he successfully founded and run his first business in Ex-Yougoslavia. François joined Seisquare in 2012; he took care of developing and maintaing partner and customer relationships for the organization, and is instrumental in evangelizing Seisquare solutions towards the exploration & production community.