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Contact details


Telephone: +32 475 98 47 46

Professional experience

K2 Transformations - Freelance consultant

2017 - Today

Creating strategic visions and roadmaps for transformations. Leading the planning and execution of complex programs and organizational changes. Negotiating IT outsourcing contracts.

HP - Transformation director

2008 - 2016

In HP, I aligned IT Transformations with the Business transformations of the client. I coached transformation managers during the sales, planning and execution of global IT-transformations.

Smets Adventures - Owner

2008- Today

In Smets Adventures, I want to inspire your employees, team members, clients and/or partners to take on challenges in a professional way. To achieve this, I combine my experience in the transformation of companies and government institutions with the lessons learned at extreme altitude.

EDS - Transformation manager

1995 - 2008

In EDS, I was responsible for the transformation of IT-departments of multinationals and government institutions. To achieve success, I focussed on organisation and program management but also on the people aspect of the change, both with the employees of the IT-department as with the end-users of the IT services.

Expedition experience

I am a passionate and experienced mountaineer who prepares his challenges thoroughly and executes them professionally. I am the 3rd Belgian that climbed the 7 Summits (the highest mountain on each continent). I am also the first Belgian that has ever tried to climb K2, the 2nd highest mountain in the world. On top of that I am the only Belgian that has climbed Broad Peak and Lhotse. On Broad Peak, I saved the life of a South-African mountaineer during the descent.

This track record makes me the most successful expedition climber of Belgium. For my accomplishments, I have received congratulations of the royal family and was named honorary citizen of my hometown.

Education and certificates

University of Antwerp - 1990


Vlerick Business School - 1991

​Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Project Management Institute - 2001

​Project Management Professional (PMP)

Coaching you - 2012

​Personal coach

Prosci - 2016

Certified change manager (ADKAR)


Project/program management

Change management

Intercultural management Communication

Goal oriented


Cho Oyu (8201 meter)

Everest (8850 meter)

K2 (reached 7600 meter)

Broad Peak (8051 meter)

Manaslu (8163 meter)

Lhotse (8516 meter)

Makalu (reached 6400 meter)

7 Summits

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