Tomas Baum 
General Director


  • Tomas Baum has extensive experience as manager in the public sector. As director of the Flemish Peace Institute, he led this institution from its foundation in 2006 up to 2018. Previously, he was director of the research NGO International Peace Information Service (IPIS) vzw (2004 - 2005) and taught at the Universiteit Antwerpen (2004 - 2007).
  • He studied philosophy and international politics: Master in International Politics ( Universiteit Antwerpen , 2003), Master in Applied Ethics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2000) and Master in Philosophy (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 1997). He further trained in organizational management and dealing with polarization.
  • ‚ÄčTomas has worked in diverse policy areas, change management, project management and advisory assignments. He has engaged with various international organizations, governments, local authorities and civil society organizations. In addition, he has given numerous lectures and written publications on ethical and political issues.

Veerle Vanden Daelen 
Deputy director, Director Collections & Research

  • Veerle Vanden Daelen holds  a PhD from the University of Antwerp. Her doctoral research focussed on the return of Jews and reconstruction of their life in Antwerp after the Second World War (1944-1960). 
  • She held fellowships at the University of Michigan (Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2007-2008 fellowship "Jews and the City") and at the University of Pennsylvania (Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies,2008-2009 fellowship " Jews, Commerce, and Culture ").
  • She is coordinator of the work package "Data Identification and Integration" for the project European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI).
  • She is  affiliated with the University of Antwerp, where she has taught "Migration History", "Jewish History" and other classes and where she organizes, together with Karin Hofmeester, the annual "Contact Day Jewish Studies on the Low Countries" at the Institute of Jewish Studies.
  • Veerle is also a member of the Belgian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).