Gilke Eeckhoudt holds a master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Ghent and a Diploma in Global Business from the University of Oxford, where she is currently studying a master in Practical Ethics. Gilke started her career in 1997 in banking, where she had several key management roles in Sales and Marketing. In 2006 she was appointed Director Marketing and Communications. In 2010 she joined Fortis Insurance as Head of Branding & Advertising to create a new identity and positioning as “Ageas” in the international insurance market. Two years later she became Corporate Communications Director. In June 2019, Gilke took on the role of Group Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director. She was tasked among other things with leading a group-wide think tank “Think 2030” and spearheading the development of Ageas’s new long-term sustainable growth strategy “Impact24”. On 1 September 2021, Gilke was appointed Chief Development and Sustainability Officer (CDSO) at Ageas, leading all transversal business initiatives for the Group within Business Development, Technology Development & Sustainability and supporting the Groupwide implementation of Impact24.