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
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 VINCKEProgramme Director
Graduate in ecology from Catholic University of Louvain, 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.
Frank WARNIEROperations 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.
Julie LINCHANTGIS and aerial tracking expert
Julie graduated as a Bio-Engineer at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Faculty and then did a special doctorate on drone tracking of large tropical mammals in Africa. She specialised in management of large tropical fauna and protected spaces. She has spent the last ten years working on various conservation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She joined ASF-Belgium in 2022 to participate in photographic tracking in Madagascar and the aerial inventory of the Comoé National Park in the Ivory Coast. Passionate about piloting and aerial tracking, she has a ULM three-axis pilot’s licence and expertise in developing new methods to survey wild fauna photographically.
Expert volunteers on the Board of Directors
Airline pilot for almost 25 years, engaged with ASF since the beginning of his career through the parcel transport activity at the time of his first employer City Bird, David was a flight instructor for private pilots and in aerobatics for several years. He put this experience at the service of our association as part of two field missions as a pilot in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Chad. David has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aviation Sans Frontières since September 30, 2020.
Loïc CARDON DE LICHTBUER
Professional pilot and sales engineer, Loïc joined the ASF General Assembly in 2018. He quickly became a member of the Board of Directors and became Vice-Chairman. Passionate about people and aviation, he has extensive experience as a pilot in the world of business and airline aviation. As an engineer, he worked in sustainable and social development for multinational companies.
Philippe DEHENNINAdvisor for “Ethics, Communication and Appeals”
Enveloped in bush flying since birth, he is a company leader. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 05/09/1994 to 09/30/2020. 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 LARDINOISAdvisor 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 LERINCKXAdvisor 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 SNOYAdvisor 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.
Une carrière dans la chimie et la recherche pétrolière a amené Eric aux USA, Brésil, Indonésie, Bengladesh, Egypte et Tunisie avant de manager la Chimie Inorganique au siège de Solvay à Bruxelles. Découvrir les différentes cultures et comportement humains du monde a toujours été sa passion. Ayant été administrateur de nombreuses sociétés internationales, Eric apporte un soutien managérial à ASF.
The volunteer independent experts
Patricia WILLEMSVolunteer 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 WAUTERSVolunteer coordinator, Hot Air Balloons of the Smile
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. Catherine coordinates the Hot Air Balloons of the Smile project and other voluntary activities.
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.
Bart GIJZENMission leader ‘Oblique aerial photography’
Bart joined the Pilots without borders team in 2019 as an oblique aerial photographer. Bart is an industrial engineer and a professional pilot. Bart has been working as a firefighting officer for the past 15 years. Earlier experience working in South Africa for two years, active membership of the Belgian cadets non-profit organization, and his affinity with photography makes him a perfect fit for our organisation.
The independent contractual experts
Maxime PICAUDÉCommunications and Administrative Management
Maxime has experience in diverse fields. He is in charge of communications, mainly via social networks (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin) and the website. He also provides administrative support.