Ilse was Instiglio’s first investor and previously chaired its Board of Directors. She is founder of Geyskens SAS, which has invested in real estate in Medellin, Colombia and is setting up a number of business activities there. One involves Café Velvet, which aims at creating a culture of top quality coffee working, with the help of Belgian experts, with local coffee farmers to serve top quality coffee, developing locally the art of roasting and forming baristas. Prior to establishing Geyskens SAS, Ilse was a partner in the European office of a New York headquartered private investment firm, Andlinger & Company. She was as well a partner with Eiger Ventures. She was a former Assistant Professor of European Law at both Villanova University, in Pennsylvania, and the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and worked with international law firms including Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Philadelphia and Brussels), McGuire Woods (Brussels), and Buse Heberer, Fromm (Dusseldorf). She has been admitted to the Bar of New York and Brussels and has a J.D. and LLM, a D.A.A.D. Foreign law and Magister Iuris.