Our Team


active volunteers

Olivier Beys
Jack of all trades, master of none

Jumpstarted Tournevie in Brussels. When he's not working for BBL on circular economy related challenges in Belgium and Europe, he's probably riding a bike, eating hummus or helping out at Tournevie.

Also writes for and edits Zeronaut, an online hub spreading the word about social and technological innovation for the sustainability revolution. 

Does: communication, administration, networking, counter work and more.

Contact him here.

  Thomas Opsomer   Tournevie's Premier Tool Ninja   With a decade as a Makita product specialist under his belt, Thomas can name each single part of a hammer drill  in Latin .  He divides his time between iFixit, Tournevie, renovating his house, and answering a myriad of questions from his two lovely kids (by now, his wife knows better than to get him started).   Does : tool procurement, service & repair, technical support & training   Contact him  here .

Thomas Opsomer
Tournevie's Premier Tool Ninja

With a decade as a Makita product specialist under his belt, Thomas can name each single part of a hammer drill in Latin.

He divides his time between iFixit, Tournevie, renovating his house, and answering a myriad of questions from his two lovely kids (by now, his wife knows better than to get him started).

Does: tool procurement, service & repair, technical support & training

Contact him here.

  Hugh Roche Kelly   Tool Warrior from the Emerald Isle   Hugh is from Ireland and lives in Brussels. He is a hobbyist woodworker, and has worked as a technical director in performing and visual arts (whatever that means) for the past 12 years.  From February on you will find Hugh manning our new workshop space during our opening hours- if you want advise on a specific project you can contact him  here .    Does:  tool maintenance and technical assistance, counter work and workshop

Hugh Roche Kelly
Tool Warrior from the Emerald Isle

Hugh is from Ireland and lives in Brussels. He is a hobbyist woodworker, and has worked as a technical director in performing and visual arts (whatever that means) for the past 12 years.

From February on you will find Hugh manning our new workshop space during our opening hours- if you want advise on a specific project you can contact him here

Does: tool maintenance and technical assistance, counter work and workshop

  Maarten Depypere   Engineer On the Road   After getting his PhD, he wandered around the world, before settling in Brussels and spearheading Tournevie, among other things.   Having returned from yet another tour around the world, he is back with a healthy dose of fresh inspiration.   Does: counter work, accountancy   Contact him  here . 

Maarten Depypere
Engineer On the Road

After getting his PhD, he wandered around the world, before settling in Brussels and spearheading Tournevie, among other things. 

Having returned from yet another tour around the world, he is back with a healthy dose of fresh inspiration. 

Does: counter work, accountancy

Contact him here

 
  Izabela Czarna   The queen of flower power   Izabela hails from Poland, and upon discovering our old plant-tool hybrid workshop in Rue Haute, quickly set about to rescue our ailing plants.   That means she adds well-needed care for our flora in addition to a radiant demeanour in the workshop. PS: feel free to ask her anything about Samuel Beckett!   Does : counter work

Izabela Czarna
The queen of flower power

Izabela hails from Poland, and upon discovering our old plant-tool hybrid workshop in Rue Haute, quickly set about to rescue our ailing plants. 

That means she adds well-needed care for our flora in addition to a radiant demeanour in the workshop. PS: feel free to ask her anything about Samuel Beckett!

Does: counter work

  Texas Vandervliet   The adbusting Eddy Merckx   Texas can often be found prowling the Brussels streets to 'creatively modify' the ubiquitous ads befouling our bus stations and beautiful facades.   If not, he's probably scuttling about on two wheels to and fro the many projects he is involved in. And occasionally, he goes biking to China, because why not?   Does:  counter work, labelling and organising workshops, 

Texas Vandervliet
The adbusting Eddy Merckx

Texas can often be found prowling the Brussels streets to 'creatively modify' the ubiquitous ads befouling our bus stations and beautiful facades. 

If not, he's probably scuttling about on two wheels to and fro the many projects he is involved in. And occasionally, he goes biking to China, because why not?

Does: counter work, labelling and organising workshops, 

  Agnes Loonis   The Finance Wizard   Agnes has been with Tournevie since the beginning, mostly working behind the scenes to keep our finances and accounts spic and span: an underestimated and invaluable contribution!   Does:  financial & accountancy work

Agnes Loonis
The Finance Wizard

Agnes has been with Tournevie since the beginning, mostly working behind the scenes to keep our finances and accounts spic and span: an underestimated and invaluable contribution!

Does: financial & accountancy work

  Stéphanie Bouteille   The Tool Maiden of Orléans   Stéphanie migrated from France, not for fiscal reasons, but to pursue a career in the thriving Brussels music industry.   After running the show at  Botanique , she now commands control over contemporary music production at  Ars Musica . When she's off duty, she's helping out members during opening hours.    Does:  counter work

Stéphanie Bouteille
The Tool Maiden of Orléans

Stéphanie migrated from France, not for fiscal reasons, but to pursue a career in the thriving Brussels music industry. 

After running the show at Botanique, she now commands control over contemporary music production at Ars Musica. When she's off duty, she's helping out members during opening hours. 

Does: counter work

 
  Michiel Nys   The young padawan   Michiel joined us in autumn 2017 for an internship. This gifted trainee is currently learning the ropes at Tournevie, and will one day run his own empire of social enterprises; mark our words!   In the slipstream of his internship, Michiel will write his master thesis about our great tool library!   Does:  counter work

Michiel Nys
The young padawan

Michiel joined us in autumn 2017 for an internship. This gifted trainee is currently learning the ropes at Tournevie, and will one day run his own empire of social enterprises; mark our words! 

In the slipstream of his internship, Michiel will write his master thesis about our great tool library!

Does: counter work

  Gael Renard   Tool Grandmaster of 1080 'Molem'   Gael is building his own dedicated workshop emporium in Molenbeek. In addition to this ambitious endeavour, he takes care of the many  consumables  we have for sale here at Tournevie.  Thanks to Gael, you'll never be faced with that very special important saw blade or sanding paper you didn't want to go and search for at the DIY shop.    Does:  stocking the consumables platform, tool repair

Gael Renard
Tool Grandmaster of 1080 'Molem'

Gael is building his own dedicated workshop emporium in Molenbeek. In addition to this ambitious endeavour, he takes care of the many consumables we have for sale here at Tournevie.

Thanks to Gael, you'll never be faced with that very special important saw blade or sanding paper you didn't want to go and search for at the DIY shop. 

Does: stocking the consumables platform, tool repair

  Michel Van der Auwera   The retired handyman   Michel has travelled the high seas of tools & construction work in a lifetime career that has provided him with just the right skills for volunteer work at Tournevie.   Michel comes all the way down from Sterrebeek, located outside of the Brussels Capital Region, which goes to show his commitment!   Does:  counter work, tool repair

Michel Van der Auwera
The retired handyman

Michel has travelled the high seas of tools & construction work in a lifetime career that has provided him with just the right skills for volunteer work at Tournevie. 

Michel comes all the way down from Sterrebeek, located outside of the Brussels Capital Region, which goes to show his commitment!

Does: counter work, tool repair

  Andreas Frijdal   Il dottore olandese   Andreas travels on and off between Tuscany, Italy and Brussels, Belgium, where he hibernates in winter. That's when you will find him helping out during opening hours at Tournevie.   He also built his own house, so rest assured that he knows a thing or two about (our) tools.    Does:  counter work (tool expert)

Andreas Frijdal
Il dottore olandese

Andreas travels on and off between Tuscany, Italy and Brussels, Belgium, where he hibernates in winter. That's when you will find him helping out during opening hours at Tournevie. 

He also built his own house, so rest assured that he knows a thing or two about (our) tools. 

Does: counter work (tool expert)

 
  Yannick Schandené   The open source incarnate   Yannick worked for 7 years in the cinema industry, was a driving force behind Pic Nic The Street and Canal Park, started Vélo M2, a modular cargo bike system, and opened Fermenthings, a shop selling only fermented products. He takes the lead in developing the second Tournevie antenna in Ixelles.   Loves writing about the commons, discussing art and share ideas around a good meal or coffee in the morning. Always ready to learn new skills, document them and share them with others.    Does:  coordination of the new Tournevie antenna in Ixelles

Yannick Schandené
The open source incarnate

Yannick worked for 7 years in the cinema industry, was a driving force behind Pic Nic The Street and Canal Park, started Vélo M2, a modular cargo bike system, and opened Fermenthings, a shop selling only fermented products. He takes the lead in developing the second Tournevie antenna in Ixelles. 

Loves writing about the commons, discussing art and share ideas around a good meal or coffee in the morning. Always ready to learn new skills, document them and share them with others. 

Does: coordination of the new Tournevie antenna in Ixelles

  Jelle Vancoppenolle   Proud inventor of the Pocket Rocket Master Blaster   Don't ask Jelle for any handyman advice. He'd only tell you to weld a brick wall or make a fire pit out of wood.   However, he will gladly assist you with a smile during opening hours and supply you with copywriting tips. Even … no, especially if unasked for.   Does:  counter work, behind-the-scenes font changes on Google Drive.

Jelle Vancoppenolle
Proud inventor of the Pocket Rocket Master Blaster

Don't ask Jelle for any handyman advice. He'd only tell you to weld a brick wall or make a fire pit out of wood. 

However, he will gladly assist you with a smile during opening hours and supply you with copywriting tips. Even … no, especially if unasked for.

Does: counter work, behind-the-scenes font changes on Google Drive.

  Audrey Cottin   The adroit artist   Audrey is refurbishing her apartment in an old post office building with her very own hands. Phew!  If that's not praise-worthy enough, she's also managed to build a new human being, gracefully known as Éole, at pretty much the same time!   Does:  counter work

Audrey Cottin
The adroit artist

Audrey is refurbishing her apartment in an old post office building with her very own hands. Phew!

If that's not praise-worthy enough, she's also managed to build a new human being, gracefully known as Éole, at pretty much the same time!

Does: counter work

  Steven Boits   The Dude   Steven casually drops in and out during Tournevie events, occasionally firing a bright idea, cracking a far-fetched joke and lending a hand.   We still haven't quite figured out what makes him tick. There's a $1 million dollar prize for the one who reveals this well-guarded secret!

Steven Boits
The Dude

Steven casually drops in and out during Tournevie events, occasionally firing a bright idea, cracking a far-fetched joke and lending a hand. 

We still haven't quite figured out what makes him tick. There's a $1 million dollar prize for the one who reveals this well-guarded secret!

 
 
  Wouter Jacobs   The Seed Guardian   Wouter is running a successful seed library in Uccle. When he's not tending to the future of out botanical wealth, he can oft be found helping out at that our tool library.   Loves hot tea & coffee, and will put in an extraordinary effort to get a good sip!   Does:  counter work

Wouter Jacobs
The Seed Guardian

Wouter is running a successful seed library in Uccle. When he's not tending to the future of out botanical wealth, he can oft be found helping out at that our tool library. 

Loves hot tea & coffee, and will put in an extraordinary effort to get a good sip!

Does: counter work

  Lennart Berto   The Savvy Soundsystem Specialist   Lennart came all the way down from the Netherlands to start off his studies in Brussels, but is now pursuing a more hands-on path in life. He is now tinkering (and building) equipment.    Does:  counter work (from time to time) and repairs

Lennart Berto
The Savvy Soundsystem Specialist

Lennart came all the way down from the Netherlands to start off his studies in Brussels, but is now pursuing a more hands-on path in life. He is now tinkering (and building) equipment. 

Does: counter work (from time to time) and repairs

  Alex Andersen   The Danish Polyglot   After retiring from a career in translating, Alex decided to stay in Brussels. He's one of those with a knack with tools, and drops by to lend his experience to our members.    Does:  counter work

Alex Andersen
The Danish Polyglot

After retiring from a career in translating, Alex decided to stay in Brussels. He's one of those with a knack with tools, and drops by to lend his experience to our members. 

Does: counter work

  Jeanne Luong   The Nimble Tool Librarian   Jeanne is the prime example of a true gem for volunteer based organisations. Upon joining, she quickly got committed to Tournevie and didn't hesitate to take the lead during opening hours. Our message to all citizens of Brussels: be more like Jeanne!   Does:  counter work

Jeanne Luong
The Nimble Tool Librarian

Jeanne is the prime example of a true gem for volunteer based organisations. Upon joining, she quickly got committed to Tournevie and didn't hesitate to take the lead during opening hours. Our message to all citizens of Brussels: be more like Jeanne!

Does: counter work

 

Volunteers Missing In Action

  Jan Keustermans   The Self-Educated Tool Wizard   Probably holds a world record in acquiring tool wizardry mostly on his own - and thanks to a lot of YouTube videos.   After dabbling in studies in politics, and a stint in the federal government, has spread his wings in search of grassroots experiences elsewhere in the world.

Jan Keustermans
The Self-Educated Tool Wizard

Probably holds a world record in acquiring tool wizardry mostly on his own - and thanks to a lot of YouTube videos. 

After dabbling in studies in politics, and a stint in the federal government, has spread his wings in search of grassroots experiences elsewhere in the world.

  Damiaan De Jonghe   Tournevie's Bike Aficionado   Coined the brand name and conjured the Tournevie logo into existence.  When he's not communicating about the car gridlock in Brussels, he's often found in the RSCA Football stadium or drinking good coffee.    

Damiaan De Jonghe
Tournevie's Bike Aficionado

Coined the brand name and conjured the Tournevie logo into existence.

When he's not communicating about the car gridlock in Brussels, he's often found in the RSCA Football stadium or drinking good coffee. 

 

  Gaëlle Smedts   The committed engineer    After supporting a great deal of citizen's initiatives in Brussels and Belgium, including Tournevie, Gaëlle has embarked on a new adventure in Cologne, Germany.   Viel Glück!   

Gaëlle Smedts
The committed engineer

After supporting a great deal of citizen's initiatives in Brussels and Belgium, including Tournevie, Gaëlle has embarked on a new adventure in Cologne, Germany. 

Viel Glück!

 

  Itzel Lusenti   'Luske'   Itzel joined us at the start on behest of Anthony, when we still muddling about and experimenting in our first location at MicroMarché. Since we moved to the Rue Haute, other priorities in life have commanded her attention.       

Itzel Lusenti
'Luske'

Itzel joined us at the start on behest of Anthony, when we still muddling about and experimenting in our first location at MicroMarché. Since we moved to the Rue Haute, other priorities in life have commanded her attention. 

 

 

 
  Michiel Van Meervenne   The Groovemeister and Master Farmer   Michiel is our dedicated food expert and co-founder of  Kriket , Belgium's first ever cricket bar.   He also knows a trick or two about Brazilian funky forró mixed with a taste of baião and Maracatu with a pinch of Samba de Gafieira. That's right: exotic music.   He's taking some time off, because he's developing and commercialising a new culinary delicacy: Kriket. Head over to his  website  for more!

Michiel Van Meervenne
The Groovemeister and Master Farmer

Michiel is our dedicated food expert and co-founder of Kriket, Belgium's first ever cricket bar. 

He also knows a trick or two about Brazilian funky forró mixed with a taste of baião and Maracatu with a pinch of Samba de Gafieira. That's right: exotic music. 

He's taking some time off, because he's developing and commercialising a new culinary delicacy: Kriket. Head over to his website for more!

  Aurélie Rigolle   The Spanish Exile   Aurélie joined us in autumn of 2017 for an internship. She left in February 2018 to pursue her studies at the splendid Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona!

Aurélie Rigolle
The Spanish Exile

Aurélie joined us in autumn of 2017 for an internship. She left in February 2018 to pursue her studies at the splendid Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona!

  Manon Verhaegen   The Italian Exile   Manon joined us in autumn of 2017 for an internship. She left in February 2018 to pursue her studies at the magnificent Università degli Studi di Firenze!

Manon Verhaegen
The Italian Exile

Manon joined us in autumn of 2017 for an internship. She left in February 2018 to pursue her studies at the magnificent Università degli Studi di Firenze!

  Piet Baeten   Grandmaster of ' Het   Koekskesmachien '   Piet is what we call a 'handige harry'. In addition to being a highly educated engineer, he also knows his way with many a tool in our inventory.  He's got a knack for crafting and mending all kinds of devices and helped our members with the utmost kindness and sobriety during opening hours.   He left Brussels to in the footsteps of love and the countryside (insofar a 'countryside' exists in Flanders...)

Piet Baeten
Grandmaster of 'Het Koekskesmachien'

Piet is what we call a 'handige harry'. In addition to being a highly educated engineer, he also knows his way with many a tool in our inventory.

He's got a knack for crafting and mending all kinds of devices and helped our members with the utmost kindness and sobriety during opening hours. 

He left Brussels to in the footsteps of love and the countryside (insofar a 'countryside' exists in Flanders...)

 
  Mikhail Vanderperren   The nimble handyman   Mikhail is our 'gun for hire'. If you need help fixing up something around the house, he's your man. Luckily for us, he also offered his services to Tournevie.  He is now back to his professional activities, so if you feel inclined:   Contact him  here . 

Mikhail Vanderperren
The nimble handyman

Mikhail is our 'gun for hire'. If you need help fixing up something around the house, he's your man. Luckily for us, he also offered his services to Tournevie.

He is now back to his professional activities, so if you feel inclined:

Contact him here

  Laurent Di Nardo   Il principe della riparazione   Laurent knows every nut and bolt of the tools we have on offer. No wonder he's involved in setting up repair cafés and tool maintenance at Tournevie.   Italians rejoice: when he's around during opening hours, he'll explain you in detail how to break a wall or sand your table  interamente in italiano!  (though French speakers need not worry ;p)

Laurent Di Nardo
Il principe della riparazione

Laurent knows every nut and bolt of the tools we have on offer. No wonder he's involved in setting up repair cafés and tool maintenance at Tournevie. 

Italians rejoice: when he's around during opening hours, he'll explain you in detail how to break a wall or sand your table interamente in italiano! (though French speakers need not worry ;p)

  David Alonso   The wandering renovator   David is carrying out construction work at his place, causing him to hitch a couch at his friends' places, hence his nickname.    

David Alonso
The wandering renovator

David is carrying out construction work at his place, causing him to hitch a couch at his friends' places, hence his nickname. 

 

  Harm Deleu   Party Captain of this buccaneer (s)crew   Harm is one cool dude. He really is. Great guy. When he's not ramping up the entertainment level at Tournevie, he is working (professionally) in the social sector in Brussels.  Harm is also our dedicated Georgian diplomatic officer. For more details, we refer to the man himself.  

Harm Deleu
Party Captain of this buccaneer (s)crew

Harm is one cool dude. He really is. Great guy. When he's not ramping up the entertainment level at Tournevie, he is working (professionally) in the social sector in Brussels.

Harm is also our dedicated Georgian diplomatic officer. For more details, we refer to the man himself.  

 
  Jana Žůrková   Alice in the Wonderland of Tools   Czech girl trying to find her way around Brussels. Luckily enough her way led through Tournevie, where she enjoys meeting local people and learning the basics of "toolosophy".  Job-wise, she's dedicated to things which other people intend to get rid of, also known as waste.   After spending a lot of energy on Tournevie, Jana is now pursuing other priorities in life. You might run into her during our apéros or parties, though!

Jana Žůrková
Alice in the Wonderland of Tools

Czech girl trying to find her way around Brussels. Luckily enough her way led through Tournevie, where she enjoys meeting local people and learning the basics of "toolosophy".

Job-wise, she's dedicated to things which other people intend to get rid of, also known as waste. 

After spending a lot of energy on Tournevie, Jana is now pursuing other priorities in life. You might run into her during our apéros or parties, though!

  Philippe Loix   Your Worst Nightmare in Court   As a lawyer, Philippe knows the ins and outs of every law, every constitution, every statute, every court decision: you name it. You don't want to mess with this guy.   Which is why our members can be reassured that our tools are in safe hands. PS: bringing tools back in time is probably a good idea :)   Does:  legal affairs and organizing and helping out with parties and events  He's now on a round trip around the world.   

Philippe Loix
Your Worst Nightmare in Court

As a lawyer, Philippe knows the ins and outs of every law, every constitution, every statute, every court decision: you name it. You don't want to mess with this guy. 

Which is why our members can be reassured that our tools are in safe hands. PS: bringing tools back in time is probably a good idea :)

Does: legal affairs and organizing and helping out with parties and events

He's now on a round trip around the world.

 

  Olivia Demonie   The inquisitive interviewer   Olivia used Tournevie as a guinea pig for a full-blown study into the wants and woes of volunteers in social start-ups.  When she's done with her scrutiny, she will spread her wisdom of volunteer management in Brussels and beyond. Get in touch with us if you want to know more about her thesis.    

Olivia Demonie
The inquisitive interviewer

Olivia used Tournevie as a guinea pig for a full-blown study into the wants and woes of volunteers in social start-ups.

When she's done with her scrutiny, she will spread her wisdom of volunteer management in Brussels and beyond. Get in touch with us if you want to know more about her thesis. 

 

  Anthony Hermans   Adventurous & eco-friendly entrepreneur   Anthony is driven by projects making a tangible difference. When he's not on the job, he enjoys sports and adventure to rejuvenate himself.  You'll find him travelling back and forth between Belgium, Nicaragua and Morocco, to create healthy and environmentally friendly housing solutions.  At the moment, Anthony is more often than not abroad, but you might run into him from time to time if he's around!

Anthony Hermans
Adventurous & eco-friendly entrepreneur

Anthony is driven by projects making a tangible difference. When he's not on the job, he enjoys sports and adventure to rejuvenate himself.

You'll find him travelling back and forth between Belgium, Nicaragua and Morocco, to create healthy and environmentally friendly housing solutions.

At the moment, Anthony is more often than not abroad, but you might run into him from time to time if he's around!