IEDC Faculty


Chris Start

Start Development, Belgium

Following a 25 year career in Marketing and General Management with Procter & Gamble, during which he lived in four different countries and worked in forty, Chris Start now enjoys a “portfolio career”.

Based near Brussels, Chris runs his own Coaching and Consulting company, Start Development bvba, which he founded together with his wife Ann in January 2006. Their focus is on helping emerging leaders in the private and voluntary sectors develop themselves and their people, strategies and plans. So far they have worked with more than thirty clients spread over ten countries in organizations ranging from US multinational companies to small development charities.

During 2007-2009 Chris was an Executive Fellow with The Conference Board (TCB), a global not-for-profit organization which creates and disseminates knowledge to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Chris was specifically responsible for supervising seven of TCB’s European Councils for senior executives including the Councils for Corporate Strategy and Corporate Responsibility.

Chris is involved in Executive Education as a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School and a Member of the Steering Committee at the Institute of Leadership and Ethics at ETF, Leuven, Belgium. He is a visiting lecturer on leadership and management at Vlerick and the ILE in Leuven, and also at the Louvain School of Management, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He has also lectured at the Wirtschaeftsuniversitaet in Vienna and the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

In addition to his professional experience of leadership and management Chris has recently completed a Masters at HEC Paris in Organization Science and is now enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration programme at Manchester Business School where his research is in the field of operational decision-making

Chris is a member of St Paul’s Anglican Church in Tervuren, near Brussels. He is a Member of the Board of St Paul’s British Primary School in Tervuren and was recently appointed to the Board of RETRAK, a Christian charity which works with street children in eastern Africa, for which he and his son ran the Brussels 20km, hence the picture above!