Hans Maenhout is Investment Director at Finindus, a joint investment company of ArcelorMittal and the Flemish Region. Finindus provides early stage financing and growth capital to innovative companies active in the area of materials, material processing and sustainable manufacturing. Hans holds a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from the UGhent, complemented with an executive education in International Management from Vlerick Management School (Ghent), Corporate Finance from EHSAL (Brussels) and M&A and Corporate Development from INSEAD (Fontainbleau). Hans started his career with Texaco in R&D. Following a number of different assignments at Texaco, including 3.5 years in the USA, and a transition management assignment in one of the portfolio investment companies of the KBC group, he joined a JV of the ArcelorMittal group and the Flemish Region in 2007.