Hello, I am Koen!

Hello, I am Koen Van den Eeckhout, nice to meet you! I’m a 33-year old entrepreneur from Ghent, Belgium. I’m a versatilist constantly chasing my ikigai.

My personal values are knowledge and wisdom, open-mindedness, and optimism. As an ISTJ personality, everything interests me.

Combining my passions is my goal in life: business and innovation, visual communication, and science and technology. How the world works and evolves is infinitely fascinating. My LinkedIn page is a great summary of what keeps me going.

Baryon is my graphic design business, where I turn complex information into powerful visuals. Think infographics and data visualizations, inspiring reports, design guidelines for charts and data, live sketchnoting, and workshops. You can find some examples of my work at the Baryon website.

At seventeen, I chose an education in engineering at Ghent University. Applied and solid-state physics became my focus. But it were my Erasmus months in Madrid and an internship in Bratislava which truly transformed my life and personality.

On a warm September day in 2013 I obtained my PhD in physics. For four years, I tried to unravel the mysteries behind glow-in-the-dark materials. But what I really loved was presenting, writing articles, popularizing science, and being involved in post-doc communities and faculty boards. If you’re a luminescence nerd, you might want to read some of my articles, or even my PhD thesis.

For three years I was a senior consultant at the EY Subsidia team, helping both SMEs and large companies to secure funding for their innovative R&D projects. I proudly worked on building a Belgian branch of EY Unity, the firm’s global network for LGBT employees and allies.

My free time is spent on city tripping, running, abstract and architecture photography, and reading. Let me know what you love at Goodreads, Flickr, or Last.fm.

For three amazing years, I was a youth guide at de Zonnebloemblaadjes, a local non-profit organizing summer camps and weekends for physically disabled children between the ages of 6 and 18. Today, I am taking care of the website and mailing lists, and part of the Baryon revenue directly flows to this wonderful group of people, whose enthusiasm never fails to amaze me. They are always looking for volunteers and support, so make sure to visit their website.

Don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always on the lookout for stories and advice from other scientists, consultants, designers, tech lovers, photographers or illustrators. The best way to reach me is by mail, or find me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. Let’s meet for lunch or coffee?

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