de Gheldere, 36, is ceo of Futureproof/ed, one of the first
companies to exclusively focus on products/ services that reconcile
sustainability, design and quality.
has a degree of electromechanical engineer from Group T in Leuven
(B), with a master in polymer and composites engineering. For his
masters thesis, Serge worked for 4 months in Adriaan Beuker’s
Advanced Structures and Materials Lab at the faculty of Aerospace
engineering of the Technical University Delft. Before
co-founding Futureproof/ed, de Gheldere spent seven years as product
development engineer at Baxter R&D Europe, where he worked in
a global team developing the industry’s first system to eliminate
blood-borne pathogens in platelet transfusion products (for which
he was awarded two patents).
Gheldere's insight in product development, materials technology,
mechanical and electrical engineering, and manufacturing has proved
essential in shaping and growing Futureproof/ed, whose offerings
are threefold: 1) Attractive, life-enhancing products with a minimal
environmental footprint; 2) Ecological intelligence applied to product
and space design; 3) Experience-driven workshops, training programs
and consulting to help transform the way things are made.
addition to his work at futureproof/ed, Serge is currently designer-in-residence
in the xDesign program at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
at Yale University