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Jan Callewaert

(Belgium). Born 1956.

Jan Callewaert is the co-founder and President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe and a driving force behind the European Union’s endorsement for the “Chess in Education” program.

An avid chess player, Jan is passionate about bringing the numerous benefits of chess to as many people as possible by using new technologies and by introducing business management principles to organisations.

He is the founder of Option NV, a global player in the wireless industry. He was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2005 and is considered a role model for young entrepreneurs. Jan has extensive business experience, a global network of contacts and is a born team leader and motivator.

He graduated in engineering and philosophy from the University of Leuven (KUL, Belgium – his Alma Mater), travels extensively and speaks several languages including English, French, German and Dutch.