About us

Avia-GIS NV is a Belgian SME founded in 2001 that specializes in the collection, processing and analysis of spatial information as a basis for the development of software products for risk mapping and integrated pest management applied to human, veterinary and plant health, with a focus on (emerging) vector-borne diseases (VBDs).
 
In addition to these software products, we offer a range of Consulting and Contract research services to the industry, international organisations, governmental agencies, and research teams: organisation of on-site clinical trials to test products against VBDs in the tropics, development of tailored SDSS and mobile applications; coordination of multidisciplinary research projects and networks, and à la carte on-site / on-line capacity building.
 
Avia-GIS NV has a unique market position. Only few companies operate in our domain and none developed such close contacts with the industrial, decision support and academic world. As a result we have a clear view on user needs and requirements, on the state of the art, and on how this can be translated into cost-efficient operational tools.
 
Guy Hendrickx
CEO
Bio: 

Guy Hendrickx, DVM, PhD, is a spatial epidemiologist with over 25 years’ experience. He is CEO of Avia-GIS which he established in 2001. He is particularly interested in bridging the gap between research and decision making in the field of spatial decision support systems applied to animal and public health.

Els Ducheyne
CTO
Bio: 

Els Ducheyne, MSc, PhD, is CTO of Avia-GIS which she joined in 2005. She is an agricultural engineer specialized in the use of GIS and spatial modelling for optimized resource management. In Avia-GIS she is in charge of delineating scientific strategies and developing technological prototypes that lead to state-of-the-art spatial decision support systems.

Leen Van Gorp
HR
Bio: 

Leen Van Gorp joined Avia-GIS in 2005. She works part-time for Avia-GIS and is in charge of human resources (HR) management and administration.

Bart de Groot
CIO
Bio: 

Bart de Groot, BSc, CSM, is CIO of Avia-GIS which he joined in 2006. He is Bachelor in Applied Computer Science with a focus on software engineering. He is in charge of managing the IT department, coordinating software development projects in-house, and with international external partners and sub-contractors.

Wesley Tack
COO
Bio: 

Wesley Tack , MSc, PhD, bioscience engineering, is an expert in forest conversion and its impact on tick populations. He joined Avia-GIS in 2012 as vector ecologist and is responsible for the technical and scientific support in projects focusing on veterinary and medical vectors of disease.

Software Developer
Bio: 

Tom Matheussen, BSc, is a Software Developer. He is a Bachelor of Electronics-ICT with a focus on electronics. He is in charge of maintaining and updating websites, developing web applications and designing/ implementing wireless sensor networks. He joined Avia-GIS in 2014.

Roger Venail
Vector Control
Bio: 

Roger Venail, MSc, PhD, is a vector control specialist. He joined Avia-GIS in 2016 and provides technical and scientific support to the Avia-GIS vector control products and services.

Tobias Suter
Vector Control
Bio: 

Tobias Suter, MSc, PhD, is a vector entomologist specialized in the surveillance and control of invasive mosquito species. He joined Avia-GIS in 2016 and provides support to the Avia-GIS vector control products and services.

Mina Petrić
Meteorologist
Bio: 

Mina Petrić, MSc Meteorology, is a PhD student with focus on vector population dynamics modelling. She works with the design and implementation of meteorological wireless sensor networks (WSN). She joined Avia-GIS in 2016.

Fatima Hammouqah
CMSO
Bio: 

Fatima Hammouqah, MBA, is a multinational Business Development Manager with experience in digital solutions and product design. She joined Avia-GIS in 2016 and is in charge of growing Avia-GIS’s business and monetizing its solutions. Her ambition is to contribute to the welfare of human beings through her work.

Matisse Hendrickx
Junior Webmaster
Bio: 

Matisse Hendrickx, joined Avia-GIS in 2016 as junior web master. He is in charge of building and maintaining the Avia-GIS websites

Jenna Bowker
CEO South Africa
Bio: 

Jenna Bowker, MSc, joined Avia-GIS in 2017 as CEO of the South African Avia-GIS Regional HUB. Her responsibilities include the general management and development of the Regional Hub with the vision of expanding the HUB’s operations into Sub-Saharan Africa.

Cedric Marsboom
Spatial Analyst
Bio: 

Cedric Marsboom, MSc, joined Avia-GIS in 2017 as a spatial analyst. He is in charge of VECMAP product support and provides technical support to the company’s consulting and contract research projects.

Gaëlle Nicolas
Spatial Analyst
Bio: 

Gaëlle Nicolas, MSc, PhD, is a modelling epidemiologist with expertise in epidemiology, disease transmission modelling, GIS and spatial analyses. She joined Avia-GIS in 2018 as Spatial Analyst.

Wilhelm Gerber
Chief PCO
Bio: 

Wilhelm Gerber, is a structural pest management specialist. He joined Avia-GIS South Africa in 2018 as a Chief Pest Management Professional. His duties and responsibilities include designing and implementing Integrated Pest Management solutions for our SmartSenZ clients and establishing our pool of SmartSenZ Pest Control Officers (PCOs).