He was trained as an educationalist at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and specialised in educational policy analysis and comparative education. After graduation he worked as teacher in higher education (teacher training). Till today he lectures on theory of education, education policy and educational sociology in various further training programmes. For the Flemish University Council he was commissioner on teacher training. Within the framework of the European University in Florence, the Council of Europe (Programme on the legal framework of education structures) and UNESCO’s CEPES Institute he was involved in research and consultancy on higher education policy. At present he runs his own education consultancy firm JLVCONSULT cvoa. He is a founding member of the DSDE-Consortium (Developing Schools and Services for Democracy in Europe) and a founding trustee/director of DSTE (Developing Services for Teaching in Europe) (registered educational charity in the United Kingdom). His publications (books and articles) in Dutch, English, French and German include a variety of topics in the field of education policy, comparative education and philosophy of education.