Aviation Sans Frontières Belgium has a huge pool of human resources specialised at all levels of management and field operations in relation to the organisation. Everyone contributes in an integrated fashion to the dynamism and development of the organisation.
- The management team
- Expert volunteers on the Board of Directors
- Volunteer independent experts
- Paid independent experts
The management team
Christian GEORLETTE, director
An emergency aid and development professional for the last thirty years, Christian joined ASF in 2007 following a career spent on the ground in Africa. A pioneer of humanitarian management in the air transport sector and a member of the ASF International Advisory Committee, he assists the ASF movement and allows other air operators to set out their global project in a humanitarian quality/accountability reference frame.
Xavier VINCKE, Programme Director
Graduate in ecology from Catholic University of Leuven, specialist in protected area management in Africa and an ultralight trike pilot, Xavier has worked with ASF for five years in Madagascar to implement the oblique photography methodology used in monitoring forests. He is the co-author of the first scientific publication on the subject, thus bringing ASF international recognition. He’s ASF-B’s Programme Director since September 2016.
Nel DE BOECK, Administrative and Financial Assistant
Nel joined the Aviation Sans Frontières team (ASF) team in April 2018 after an 18-year career at ING as Management Assistant. She is responsible at ASF for the administrative and financial tasks of the NGO. She also ensures that the volunteers have their flight ticket on time to accompany a baby who is seriously ill to or from Africa. Amongst others, she is in close contact with the donors. Nel owns a private pilot’s license and as a co-pilot, she did several ferry flights to all corners of the world.
Frank WARNIER, operations support coordinator
Over the last 10 years, Frank has gained a lot of experience as a humanitarian collaborator. Through contacts with humanitarian organizations, he is studying the possibilities of new missions for ASF-B. In the case of a favorable opinion, he prepares the initial assessment mission and then, based on the mission report, contributes to the preparation of the project concept. At a later stage, he will enjure the project monitoring.
Patrick DEMORTIER, air operations officer
After a career of nearly forty years as a military pilot who has exposed him many times to the humanitarian world in different parts of the world, Patrick joined the field pilots’ team of ASFB in 2010. He operated the C206 in the DRC, Chad and the Central African Republic. Since 2013 he has held the position of Air Operations Manager where his expertise is used to train and validate the new bush pilots who join the ASFB team.
Paul VAN HAESENDONCK, navigation maintenance and aircraft maintenance officer
A private pilot for 26 years, and a volunteer aero club manager, Paul is specialised in certain areas of commercial aviation such as environmental impact management in large airline operations. He is also a member of the Directorate-General of Air Transport working group on future navigation systems. He offers the organisation a highly diversified aeronautical culture.
Expert volunteers on the Board of Directors
Philippe DEHENNIN, advisor for “Ethics, Communication and Appeals”
Enveloped in bush flying since birth, a private pilot and company leader, Philippe chairs the Board of Directors and coordinates the work of the directors. As an advisor for “Ethics, Communication and Appeals” and financial advisor, he encourages donors to support the right projects and to measure the impact of their donation.
Paul LARDINOIS, advisor for “Human Resource Management”
Paul has worked as a professional for fifteen years in the humanitarian, oil and mining sectors in the most inhospitable regions of Africa. Now as a company consultant and director, he helps the organisation manage its human resources, bringing together the flexibility desired in ASF operations and the scrutiny of a professional organisation.
Marcel LERINCKX, advisor for “Oblique Aerial Photography”
Marcel is a pioneer of the oblique aerial photography used by ASF to monitor forests and has recently gained recognition from the scientific world. His career spanned more than forty years of private piloting including three ASF missions to Mali, with a specialism in electronics and radio communications, and as a high level technician at a TV channel followed by at a European institution. Marcel is now retired.
Renier SNOY, advisor for “Air Operations”
Renier graduated in Economic Sciences and is a former captain long-haul at SABENA. He has been active at ASF-Belgium since its creation in 1983. He has done several missions in Africa as a pilot, flying our aircrafts. His long-time experience helps the association in the field of air operations.
Etienne DE MUELENAERE, advisor for “Air Operations”
The volunteer independent experts
Michel HAUTPHENNE, “Communications” adviso
Given early retirement after 38 years of financial management of energy and telecoms projects, since 2009 Michel has been responsible for independent control of donations registered by our fundraising partner. He also ensures that ASF is compliant with legal and fiscal rules in its relations with donors.
Louis GENDEBIEN, “Communications” advisor
Former communications agency CEO turned writer, Louis advises the organisation on both strategic and tactical communication management, looking at goals in reputation, image and dialogue with existing and potential donors.
Patricia WILLEMS, volunteer coordinator for escorting children and migrants
The daughter of a pilot, Patricia joined the organisation in 2009 for her first escorting children mission. Together with Nicole, since 2010 she has managed volunteer team missions — the “guardian angels on board”. For her it is a new challenge combining organising and communication, escorting missions and on-site contacts for future missions. But it is also enriching to ensure a better future for a sick child.
Catherine WAUTERS, volunteer coordinator for escorting children and migrants
During her youth, Catherine was spending her weekends at Temploux aerodrome, doing parachute dropping. After that, she began to travel around the world and she became aware of the inequalities and needs of the poorest people, especially with regards to children’s health. In 2007, she got the Opportunity to join Aviation Sans Frontières for children escort missions. Since January 2019, she manage with Patricia the coordination of the volunteer's missions.
Liliane DAVIN, “Escorting Children” focal point in DR Congo.
With a passion for flying, Liliane has for 35 years fought to help develop the aviation industry in DR Congo. She has worked in almost every position except that of a pilot. Trusting the potential of her adopted country to drive development throughout the continent, she tirelessly seeks to bring in partners from civil aviation and other flourishing new sectors of activity. It is with this spirit that Liliane represents our organisation in DR Congo.
Patrick DESCHRIJVER, “Oblique Aerial Photography” head of mission
Former Belgian Air Force military pilot and still active in the Air Cadets, Patrick joined our organisation in 2013 as head of mission to lead the oblique aerial photography campaigns used by ASF to monitor forests. His piloting experience is invaluable in managing all aviation matters, together with local aviation companies, in the type of mission that he now leads.
The independent contractual experts