About us

Helicus is headed by three passionate professionals:  Mikael Shamim, Geert Vanhandenhove and Tim Cleys fuse their healthcare and aviation expertise to help you clarify and solve your key organizational challenges.  Our collaborative approach provides you the right competencies when and where you need them.


Mikael Shamim

Managing Director

Geert Vanhandenhove

Manager Command & Control Center / Pilot

Tim Cleys

Manager Healthcare Integration Services

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Mikael Shamim, MSc, MBA

Managing Director

Following a remarkable academic track record, Mikael has been fortunate to collaborate with exceptional professionals.

He complemented his commercial engineering degree (UAntwerp / JWGU), with an MBA (SDA Bocconi / Columbia GSB). During seven years he worked as a management consultant (Accenture & Bain) and another ten years in industry (Toyota & Kärcher).  As of 2014, he focused on (re)organization roles within the healthcare sector, as an executive and as management consultant.
Having experienced organization challenges from within, Mikael helps you leverage external expertise to structure and focus energy. His often refreshing ideas bring life to the debate. He has been asked to speak at conferences on change management and healthcare organisation in Europe, the America’s and Asia.
Having spent his youth sailing (navigating) the world, Mikael realized an old dream and obtained his Private Pilot Licence (PPL-A) in 2009. He flies Piper Warrior III and Robin DR400 at the Royal Antwerp Aviation Club.  Joining the age of (aerial) robotisation, he additionally obtained his class 1 drone pilot license (RPL-R).
Following clients’ requirements for drone based medical transport solutions, the Helicus Aero Initiative (HAI) was launched aimed at aerial logistics solutions for the healthcare sector. 


Geert Vanhandenhove, BSc, PPL/RPL

Command & Control Center Manager / Pilot

Building on his academical education in Applied Communications, he followed a broad range of IT, Project Management and aviation related courses.

The creation of an airline company video during his Communications studies, triggered Geert’s lasting interest in the airline sector. He obtained his Private Pilot License (PPL-A) and joined the Royal Antwerp Aviation Club (RAAC). Currently Geert is member of the board and a pilot ground instructor, teaching navigation to new private pilot students.

Joining the drone age, Geert obtained his RPL-R class 1 license.

Geert is experienced at developing, implementing and managing solutions for business needs at different levels of complexity.  Through analysis and input from all stakeholders he builds and support solutions, new processes and process improvements. Geert facilitates change processes by creating broad support always ensuring that the final goal is being implemented.  He builds strong teams and enjoys seeing his team members grow through personal development.  He measures his achievements by their business impact with a genuine interest in people.

Geert has built a strong career in the IT sector, where he has taken up roles as IT & Data Manager (De Vijver Media, Flanders), Business Intelligence Portfolio Manager (Johnson & Johnson) and Business Intelligence Manager (OCD Pharmaceutical).

Tim Cleys

Manager Healthcare Integration Services

Tim holds a scientific degree (M.Sc. Biology) from the University of Ghent.  After a few years in operations at Kinepolis group, he kicked off his career in the Healthcare sector. As a laboratory manager he supported the medical team during 12 years at GZA group (three hospital sites) and the Antwerp University hospital (third line specialised test) groups.

During this time, Tim saw the laboratory landscape changing dramatically: Growing organisations, accreditation, efficiency requirements, maintain increasingly complex equipment and sub-specialisation.  He both ran lab operations and projects.  In this position, Tim was responsible to improve efficiency and quality at an acceptable investment cost.

Among these projects: working towards laboratory centralisation for 3 historically independent hospitals, infrastructural lab-designs, process (incl. LEAN) and workflow designs, scheduling and team-organisation for 130 employees, IT system integration projects.   At the University hospital (UZA) he worked on inter hospital network collaboration, e.g. related to highly specialised tests & medicine.

Tim brings in depth healthcare organisational and hands-on healthcare experience to Helicus.  He spearheads Helicus’s ambition to help bring your healthcare organisation, (automated) processes and use of technology to a next level.  Tim is responsible for Healthcare Integration Services.  In this function he will ensure that unmanned systems are truly useful for healthcare users.  He will also run hospital integration projects and will be a reliable partner to Helicus hospital partners that struggle with their hospital network design and how this impacts central technical functions (like labs, pharmacies and blood banks) .

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