Ivo Peeters was born in 1954 and has a master's degree in Political and Social Sciences. In 1994 he cofounded the ENCC and coordinated the network for 10 years as General Secretary. In those first 10 years he organised many international meetings and the ‘cultural management course' that became the current BECC staff exchange/training programme. He has been the director of De Zeyp cultural centre in Brussels for many years, and is on the Board of Directors of the Flemish Association of Cultural and Community Centres. He has been involved in conceiving and facilitating many European cooperation projects, with a special focus on arts and disabilities.