Frederik Vandeputte, President

Frederik Vandeputte is a senior consultant and managing partner at Kohera, the largest Belgian company fully focused on the Microsoft Data platform.  Frederik is one of the co-founders and the President of In January 2008 Frederik, became the first Belgian MVP on SQL Server.



Nico Verbaenen, Vice President

Nico Verbaenen is Senior Performance Management Architect at Axinco and Architect at Kohera. Working with SQL Server for over 16 years Nico has been specializing on the BI side of the Microsoft stack for the last 12 years. This results in an extensive technical knowledge of the Microsoft BI products as well as non-technical skills like user requirement gathering, DWH Design & Project management. One of the newest interest for Nico is all about the cloud, especially from a Business Intelligence point of view.



Marc Mertens, Company Secretary

Marc Mertens is a SQL server and trainer/consultant voor Global Knowledge. He has been working with Sql Server from version 4.x up to version 2008R2. His Microsoft certifications are MCSA, MCSE, MCDBA, MCAD, MCSD and of course MCT. He worked with the relational part as well as the BI part of SQL Server.



Steve Verschaeve, Webmaster

Steve Verschaeve is a SQL Server Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Belgium and has been working with SQL Server since 2003.

He holds an MCP, MCTS, MCITP and MCT certificate in SQL Server and SharePoint.

If he’s not working you will find him messing around with Arduino.



Karim Ourtani, Webmaster

Karim Ourtani currently works as a Data & Application Analyst for the Flemish Government, specifically in the department for Welfare, Public Health and Family. He has been working with SQL Server Since 1998 (version 6.5). After working in the Banking Sector in London he moved onto various web projects where SQL server was at the basis of his many web analytics and online marketing projects. Since his return to Belgium has been focussing his efforts on the BI capabilities of SQL Server as well as Database Programming. Furthermore he has a extensive knowledge of VB.Net and C#.



Valentino Vranken, Core member

Valentino Vranken is a Senior SQL Server Consultant at Ordina. When he started his career over ten years ago he was developing applications using C++ and SQL Server 7.0. Over the years he gathered experience using various programming languages to manipulate data in SQL Server databases. Nowadays his focus is more on Business Intelligence implementations, still using SQL Server. Valentino is a MCP with one MCITP and three MCTS certifications on SQL Server 2008. In his spare time he helps the community by sharing information on his blog and through forums. More details about him can be found on his About page.



Frederik Bogaerts, Core member

Frederik Bogaerts works as a SQL Server Consultant at Kohera, mainly focused on query tuning and T-SQL development projects working with a variety of different SQL server versions. He is always trying to learn more in depth about how the SQL server engine works and how the optimizer thinks.



Stijn Wynants, Core member

Stijn is a SQL Server Consultant with a DBA focus working for Kohera since 2013.
When a query goes bad, Stijn loves to come to the rescue as query tuning is what he enjoys the most, apart from query tuning Stijn also enjoys doing audits,installations and SQL architecture design & implementation.
He is also a regular speaker on International & Belgian events with a main focus on columnstore sessions.



Pieter Vanhove, Core member

Pieter Vanhove is a SQL Server Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Belgium and has been working with SQL Server since 2000. Performance tuning, SQL audits, migrations and training are part of the job. Pieter has also a profound knowledge in implementing high availability and disaster recovery solutions and loves the new Azure stuff. Together with the SQLUG in Belgium, he helps organizing SQL Server Days and is also a regular speaker at Belgian and international events. Pieter recently won the Speaker Idol Contest at PASS Summit 2014.



Benni De Jagere, Core member

Benni De Jagere is a Data Insights Consultant at RealDolmen, with a strong focus on the Microsoft (BI) Stack. He’s also the proud owner of an MCSE BI, Data Platform and Data Management + Analytics.

On a daily basis he turns (large amounts) of coffee into insights for customers, and references witty British comedy way too often. Overly enthusiastic about anything data related, he’s trying hard to keep up with all things new and shiny.



Bart Thans, Core member

Bart Thans is a senior data insights consultant at Realdolmen.

He has been working with SQL Server from version 2008R2, mainly focussing on data integration (SSIS) and datawarehouse implementations.

He’s currently working on projects involving Log Shipping, AlwaysOn Availability groups, query optimizing.

In his spare time he likes reading, running and collecting vintage chronographs.