Françoise Chombar

Françoise Chombar

Françoise Chombar

Chairwoman and co-founder - Melexis

Françoise Chombar is Chairwoman and co-founder of Melexis. She served as the CEO of Melexis for 18 years (from 2003 to 2021).  She is currently a member of the Board of Umicore, Soitec, Antwerp Management School and Mediafin. 

She is also president of the STEM platform, an advisory board to the Flemish government, aiming to encourage young people to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics education. Françoise Chombar’s long-term commitment to actively advocating more STEM and gender balance is driven by her profound belief in their positive societal impact. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Vlerick Award, the Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs of BNP Paribas, ICT-Personality of the Year by Datanews, Science Fellowship at the VUB, an Honorary Award by the Flemish Community, the Computable Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Award by the Science and Technology Group of KU Leuven and the European SEMI Award for 2022.

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