The Otlet Salons are organized by:
Glenn Magerman is Associate Professor of Economics (tenured) at ECARES, Solvay, Université libre de Bruxelles and founder of the Otlet Salons. He is also Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, and affiliated professor at the Institute of European Studies at ULB. His research focuses on firm-to-firm networks, global value chains and international trade. As a consultant, he has advised the Belgian and Flemish Governments and private industries. He has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Arts for the Flemish Government between 2012 and 2019. Glenn has a PhD in Economics from KU Leuven, and was a Fulbright grantee to Stanford University in California. Before turning to economics, Glenn graduated in both classical and jazz music, and has toured the world extensively as a trumpet player.
Charlotte Saelemakers is educational developer and international relations coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Through her professional activities and the Otlet Salons she is on a constant lookout for interesting spillovers between the arts, research and society. She initiated active collaboration between the research and the educational department and between different social partners in Antwerp and the Conservatoire. As violinist she has played in multiple bands and orchestra’s from pop to classical and on many stages. Bluegrass is her passion combining technical challenges with the joy of improvisation and playing together.
Pieter Jan Valgaeren is a curator, researcher and lecturer. From his background in art history and law he specialized in new media, hybrid art forms, technology and intellectual property. He published on different topics such as IP rights in the digital age, social media, media philosophy and art in the public domain. In the past years he worked as a consultant for the EU in Art and Technology and for the Flemish ministry of Culture. As a lecturer he teached at Universities in Berlin, Valetta, Tilburg and Madrid. Since 2014, he is the artistic director of Stadstriennale Hasselt-Gent. Currently he working for PXL Hasselt and Thomas More Mechelen in IP and Medialaw.