Speaker profile


  • Mr Marnix Botte
    VP Open Innovation EMEA and head of Bell Labs Belgium
    Alcatel Lucent


Marnix Botte is Vice President Bell Labs Belgium & Open Innovation office EMEA. Bell Labs is the Research organization of Alcatel-Lucent. Research areas include fixed access (DSL, fiber), home networking, (3D) Video Research, ICT Web2.0 & Telecom applications and cloud computing. The Open Innovation Office EMEA is in setting up and running the external partnerships for ALU Bell Labs within the EMEA region and coordinates the Bell Labs actions towards the European Commission and in the European projects. 

Marnix joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1990 and held different international management positions in the components and telecom segment of Alcatel-Lucent, being very much involved in the research and development of new technologies (eg. xDSL). Recent management positions include the responsibility on the execution of customer projects across the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region as well being in charge of business operations across EMEA looking at the sales and presales part of the business.

In parallel, Marnix Botte is professor at Center of Microsystem Technology - University of Gent. 

Marnix received his master's degree in Electronic Engineering (1982) and his Ph.D. in Applied Sciences (1986) from the University of Ghent, Belgium. After his Ph.D. research, he headed a group of researchers at University of Gent and IMEC (Inter University Micro Electronics Center) looking in to the design / modeling and characterization of High-frequency / High-speed systems.  He was in charge of different bilateral research projects with industrial partners as well as of national and European research projects. 

Marnix Botte is also author and co-author of different technical articles published in international journals and he was speaker on different international conferences.

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