As Science & Technology Counselor, Wim Sohier is based in San Francisco Bay. He was appointed in 2014 by Flanders Investment & Trade to stimulate strategic relations between Belgium and the Americas. In addition to heading the diplomatic representation on Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, his specific focus area's include Information Technology, Semiconductors and Aerospace.
In the 10 years leading up to 2014, Wim held management roles in tech. A particular fun challenge was P&L responsibility while managing remote R&D teams spread across Asia. He is equally proud having been a system engineer for the first Eurofighter Flight Simulator at Barco, technical product manager for DSL Broadband Gateways at Technicolor, technical marketing manager for Philips' first Android TV.
Wim, Dutch for William, graduated as Electrical Engineer at University Ghent in 2005. After pursuing a PhD in the field of Image Processing, he left Europe to establish a strategic relations office in Hsinchu, Taiwan for IMEC, a leading research institute in nanotechnology. Wim is a Laureate of the Prince Albert Fund Fellowship, where he met his wife Sophie. He chairs the Ghent University Alumni US West. Wim is a father and investor in 2 promising scale ups : his daughter and son.