Elisabeth Simon tells Karine Becker why – and crucially how – she followed her heart to a new career direction: pioneering a new kind of relationship with nature through permaculture.

After decades of ploughing, Domaine de Graux, a little paradise in Gaurain-Ramecroix, Wallonia, took a new turn in 1995. That year, Elisabeth’s father died. The desire not to let the family jewel go to waste gripped her. She turned her back on her profession as an auditor for a big five firm.

“This moment coincided with the period in my life when I was looking to contribute to the well-being of people and the planet. “It started from the heart and not from the head. You had to be crazy at that time, with agriculture in complete decay.”

Elisabeth set out to imagine another way of farming and raising animals, in line with nature. Her story is one of the rare entrepreneurs who embarked on an unlikely journey with the ambition to take part in another world based on universal values and “en quete de sens”. Those are the people who are growing alongside their entrepreneurial project, driven by something bigger. They have been able to transcend the ego to offer something larger than the entrepreneurial hero figure we used to see in the media.

Join her in sharing more than her story with Karine Becker: her passion, doubts, fears, her hopes and vision for the future.


Elisabeth Simon 

After studying Economics, Simon became an auditor at two of the big five firms. She has won numerous honours including Member of GoodPlanet Belgium and Prix Belleuropa 2014. In 1995 she changed careers, becoming the owner and manager of Domaine de Graux – the farm first established in 1492. The Domaine de Graux seeks consistency, founded and guided by an eco-sustainable philosophy, dedicated to respecting the Living and Nature, in a spirit of respect and sharing.

Karine Becker 

Karine Becker has more than 20 years of experience in Executive Search. Prior to founding Hire & Higher, she has founded and led several other Executive Search entities. She has also been very involved in Diversity Matters and was one of the first to embrace Gender Diversity in her practice. At some point she decided that she wanted to have a positive impact on the world and created Hire & Higher in order to help companies through their transition with the recruitment of conscious leaders.

Karine has been an entrepreneur since she was 29 years old, she is mom of 2 young women and she has also been in charge of the production of the satirical show Sois Belge et Tais Toi! for 5 years. She is a nature lover and a strong believer in change making.


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