What is at stake in the 2019 elections?


Itinera highlights the international indexes that are published by institutions such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum or the OECD, ranking the performance of countries in various fields. They quantify the performance of governments on an evidence-based basis.

You can find 30 of these indexes here.



Simon Ghiotto

Simon Ghiotto holds Masters’ in Economics from Ghent University as well as from the Université de Namur and Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve. On top of that, he obtained his teachers’ degree. He has been with Itinera since 2014 working on various fields within Social Policy. Amongst others writting De Staat van het Gezin/L’État de la Famille (2016) on family policy, which was nominated for Le Prix du Livre Politique 2016 (Policy book of the year), co-authoring Basisinkomen tussen droom en werkelijkheid/Revenu universel entre rêve et réalité (2017) on basic income and contributing to Plan voor het Land/Projet pour la Belgique (2019). He also volunteers at SODA+ and Act4Change. Soda+ is a non-profit geared towards helping vocational  schools promote behavioural changes in students, Act4Change is a youth organisation geared towards sustainability. Simon also hosts the Itinera Talks Podcast.

Leo Neels

Leo Neels is general director and Boardmember of Itinera Institute since 2014. He holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Law (KULeuven), Prof. em Media and Communications Law at the University of Leuven and Antwerp. Chairman of the Board of Directors of NV Belga News Agency (1994-2014). Lawyer (1975-1990 and 1994-2002), most recently as a partner at Allen & Overy. Director General VTM (1989-1993). General Director of pharma.be (2003-2013). Chairman, Advisory Board Healthcare Vlerick Management Centre of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (since 2013)