Discover how the pursuit of personal excellence can lead to a better world. Learn from Diane Govaerts, CEO of Ziegler Group and hockey Red Lion Loick Luypaert as they share their experiences, insights, and strategies for success.

Professional athletes and CEOs share a drive to achieve their personal best. Both require discipline, passion, a team and a focused vision. Pursuing self-improvement can contribute to a better world, but how can we learn from one another? Is there a formula for success that applies to both fields?

Join us for a groundbreaking conference that explores the common traits and principles of success shared by professional athletes and CEOs.

Whether you’re an athlete, CEO, or simply striving to reach your full potential, this conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best’s experiences.


Diane Govaerts, CEO of Ziegler Group, Belgium’s Manager of the Year 2022

Diane is a graduate of Solvay Management School. She worked for 7 years at Bank Degroof before joining the family business in 2015 with a new strategy focused on sustainability and innovation. Thanks also to her leadership and her sense of humanity, Diane Govaerts was able to convince her directors and teams to adhere to this new guideline.

This is also what seduced the Trends-Tendances jury, which awarded her the prize for Manager of the Year 2022. This award is,according to Diane, a testament to the hard work and dedication of her team.

Diane is also a horse lover and pro horse rider.

Arthur Joseph Ziegler founded the eponymous company in Brussels in 1908. Today, the Ziegler Group is a market leader in multimodal transport and logistics. With more than 3,200 employees worldwide, Ziegler operates a dense global network with some 154 branches in more than 15 countries. The Ziegler Group has always endeavoured to remain a human-sized, 100% family-owned company.

Loick Luypaerts, Red Lion

Loïck Luypaert is a Belgian field hockey player who plays as a defender for Braxgata and the Belgian National Team.

Loïck is an Olympic champion, World Champion and European Champion in field hockey who combined his elite sports career within the Belgian National Team, with an academic one. Together with his teammates, they pushed the boundaries of their sport, on and off the pitch, to become the most successful team in Belgian sports history. Loïck won gold with the Red Lions at the Olympics Games Tokyo2020 and made finalist at the latest World Championship last January in India.

Loïck is a team player who believes you can reach your goals by making the people around you better while staying true to yourself. His knowledge of fitness and mental and physical health was developed throughout his academic career and nourished by his ongoing elite sports career. By combining elite sports and studies throughout the years, Loïck became a persisting, goal-driven and disciplined person.

Mathieu Gram, Founder Gram Challenge

Inspired by his Olympic endeavours, Mathieu has developed a powerful vision on how to achieve sustainable human performance, through your quality of life. He crafted his unique skill set and expertise on three continents through in-depth science and forging athletes who have won over 20 medals (and counting) at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. His vision and expertise grew even stronger by broadening his field of play into the realm of the captains of industry and society. He founded GRAM as an atom structure in which the different worlds of elite-level sport, industry and society are continuously and symbiotically amplifying each other beyond levels we deemed possible. Mathieu will be sharing outcome of years of research and experience.


  • 18:30 > Welcome
  • 19:00 – 20:15 > Conference and Q&A
  • 20:15 > Conversation continues at TheMerode Stables bar


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