Jean-Jacques Degroof - Entrepreneur and Academic Expert

About Jean-Jacques Degroof

Jean-Jacques Degroof is a professional and academic expert in investment management, innovation management, and entrepreneurship. Since his early student days at the Catholic University of Louvain, Dr. Degroof has maintained an interest in the human and social aspects of management. Graduating with honors at this university, he attained his Bachelor’s in Management and Economics and a Master’s in Labor Studies.

Jean-Jacques Degroof began his financial services career as a trainee in New York based banks, and then joined Générale de Banque in Belgium, where he became a Credit Analyst. Next, he accepted the position of Human Resources Manager and Private Banking Manager at Banque Degroof, where he successfully developed the first balanced fund in Belgium.

Jean-Jacques Degroof moved to the United States for his graduate studies. Dr. Degroof attended the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), obtaining his Master’s and his PhD in Management. Dr. Degroof was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. While a CBG Fellow, Dr. Degroof collaborated with Professor Edward Roberts of MIT on publications. Appearing in the July 2004 issue of Journal of Technology Transfer, their article was entitled “Overcoming Weak Entrepreneurial Infrastructure for Academic Spin-off Ventures.”

Inspired by the active entrepreneurial investment community in Boston, Jean-Jacques Degroof returned to Belgium in 2005, where he currently serves as an advisor, coach, and funder of innovative companies. He maintains an Affiliate Researcher position with the MIT Industrial Performance Center, and locally with the Catholic University of Louvain. Since his return, Dr. Degroof has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and the Audencia Management School. He contributes professional articles to the Science Technology Review, published in France by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. Furthermore, he provides editorial review for the French management journal, Revue Entreprendre-Innover.

Jean-Jacques Degroof has become increasingly active in philanthropy. He contributes to MIT Engineers Without Borders, and he serves as President of the Board of the foundation asbl Jean Degroof-Marcel Van Massenhove, which supports housing for the elderly.