Marleen Denef
Lawyer

As a lawyer, I also use my expertise as:

  • Professor at the KU Leuven – campus Brussels (since 2004)
  • Former director of GAIL – Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers
  • Author of specialized publications on not-for-profits and social enterprises (see full list)
  • Guest speaker at seminars and trainings (see full list)
  • Partner of BE-impact: network for social innovation and social entreprises in Belgium
  • Expert stakeholder and participation management (2019)
  • Expert in multidisciplinary projects and policy advice

and my passion for enterpreneurial people and organizations in transformation.

Nominations and awards

  • Leading individual, Legal 500 Europe, category not-for-profit Belgium (2017-2024)
  • Team selection as Tier 1 – n° 1 law firm, Legal 500 Europe, category not-for-profit Belgium (2017-2024)
  • Doctoral Prize: Laureate of the triennial ARCO Prize for scientific research on the non-profit and social economy (2002)

Professional career

  • impact advocaten, since 2019
  • Curia, 2006-2018
  • Dewallens & partners, 2003-2006
  • PhD at KU Leuven – Jan Ronse Institute for company law under the supervision of professor Koen Geens, 1996-2002
  • Claes & Partners, 1993-1996

Education

  • Doctor in law (KU Leuven, 2002)
  • Master of International and European Law (U.C.L., 1992-1993)
  • Master of law (KU Leuven, 1989-1992)
  • Bachelor of law (F.U.N.D.P. Namur, 1987-1989)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French