Our core team

Thanks to their diverse backgrounds, Dirk, Julie and Barbara each bring their own expertise to the table. This way, they can approach each crisis from various perspectives.


Is a people pleaser who loves the outdoors.

Dirk has been active at Food Security for 20+ years. Before that, he worked at an insurance company.

Consumers, producers, stakeholders and authorities: they all know that zero risk does not exist. When things go south, Dirk assists the parties involved in finding the best solution.


Enjoys playing padel and walking her dog.

Julie has been active at Food Security since 2007. She is a criminologist who started her career as a researcher at the Free University of Brussels. There, she got a taste for crisis management.

As an advisor at Food Security, Julie wants to inspire companies to invest time and energy in crisis management. Convinced of the essential importance of 'preparing for a crisis', she assists teams in their training process and strengthening their own talents.

Julie supports our members when things go wrong, because they will, one day...


Is a creative person who loves a good book.

Barbara has been part of the team since 2016. 

After an internship at a PR agency, she studied crisis communication. Her thesis was about the crisis communication of Brussels Airlines during the attacks of 22/03/2016. 

At Food Security, Barbara is a member of the Cyber Security Coalition and participates in various initiatives to create awareness around cyber security.

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Maud maakt sinds februari 2023 deel uit van het Food Security team als marketing & communication manager. Ze heeft een achtergrond in marketing en graphic design en is sterk visueel aangelegd. Maud heeft 5 jaar als student gewerkt en stagegelopen in het marketingteam van een groot internationaal B2B bedrijf.

In haar vrije tijd houdt ze zich graag bezig met visuele kunsten zoals fotografie en tekenen. Ze vindt het belangrijk om te genieten van het leven, die mooie momenten vastleggen brengt haar dus veel plezier. Als ze iets meer tijd om handen heeft dan houdt ze enorm van rondtrekken in Noord-Amerika en Azië om te genieten van de natuur en cultuur.

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History of origin

Food Security is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1986 on the initiative of several
responsible individuals working in the Belgian food industry. First, Food Security was a part of FEVIA (Federation of the Belgian Food Industry). Since 1995, it has been an independent organisation. Today, over 80 companies - from SMEs to multinationals - are Food Security members.

Our network

We consist of a network of experts who are specialized in various fields. They act quickly and confidentially.

Ready to reinforce your company against a crisis?

We offer you an external and objective view on the facts 24/7, including an evaluation of the situation and advice on how to handle it.