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.
Nel DE BOECKAdministrative 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 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.
Marie DermontChief Operating Officer
Marie worked in 2007 and 2008 with ASF in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Field Manager for administration and logistics and then as Head of Mission. After working 12 years in Central America from 2009 to 2020 for Oxfam and Pestalozzi Children's Foundation as project and program coordinator, Marie is joining the Aviations Sans Frontières Belgium team again at the headquarters in Brussels in January 2021. She is responsible of the administrative and financial tasks of the NGO. She is in close contact with donors. She also supports the definition and implementation of the association's strategy and operational plan.
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 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.
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.
Bart GijzenChef de mission « Photographie aérienne oblique »
Bart rejoins l’équipe d’Aviation Sans Frontières en 2019 dans le contexte du programme de photographie oblique à Madagascar. De formation, Bart est ingénieur industriel et pilote professionnel. Bart a 15 ans d’expérience comme officier sapeur pompier à Louvain. Avec une expérience de travail de deux ans en Afrique du Sud, sa participation active chez les cadets de l’air de Belgique et son affinité avec la photographie lui permettent d’avoir une valeur certaine pour notre organisation.
The independent contractual experts
Benoit GABORITHead of mission and field air operation manager
A graduate of ESMA Aviation Academy Montpellier, specialist in coordinating air operations and project management, Benoit has a strong base of experience developed over fifteen years in conflict zones or isolated areas during humanitarian and commercial work. His versatility is an important element for the implementation and execution of ASF missions to difficult areas.