Johan Haelterman - NBN - Belgium

Candidate ISO Council for Group 2 (2021 - 2023)


Born: 23 - 09 - 1963


  • Master of Industrial Sciences
  • Master in Business Management
  • Master in Computer Audit



Relevant work experience:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – Director
    (1995 – 2008)
  • Grant Thornton – Partner
    (2008 – 2012)
  • NBN - Chairman of the executive committee
    (2012 - current)

More details on my achievements can be found in my attached CV.



"Sharing knowledge, best practices and resources to foster a global community."

In today’s world, the current global crisis has a massive effect on global wealth and the availability of resources. I firmly believe that standardisation is one of the keys to global recovery, as standards have a proven positive effect on GDP and economic productivity.

To further reinforce our community, we need more than ever to share knowledge, best practices and resources to strengthen the quality infrastructure of countries so that our economies can thrive again on a global scale.


Vision in practice

  • NBN @ Africa: Throughout 2020, we have developed and shared IT solutions with six African countries on a public inquiry portal and an education portal.

  • Standards users of tomorrow: Belgian students from secondary school up to university level have read-only access to NBN standards. Last year, we recorded 261,000 consultations of this platform. 

  • E-learning state of the art: Special times require rethinking business models and services. Before the pandemic, we had already started developing e-learning and blended learning on ISO 9001. We were proven right – and we’re ready to share.

  • Machine translations: In 2018, we started a project concerning the translation of standards using translation machines that are more advanced than Google or Deepl. We managed to produce the first promising results in the spring of 2020. This technology can be used anywhere and with any language.


"Sharing is caring. Let me know how I can help you."


My commitment to ISO


Once elected to the ISO Council, I will spare no effort to defend and promote the interests of ISO members and their stakeholders:

  1. I will make 10% of my time available to ISO and the ISO community.
  2. As the CEO of a small standardisation body, I fully understand the needs of small-scale standardisation bodies. I will listen, interact, understand and provide advice where required. I will make sure your voice is heard at board level.
  3. I am a firm believer in technology as a strategic driver to make standardisation more inclusive at a lower cost.
  4. I am committed to the success of ISO and will work together with fellow board members and the Secretary-General to help deliver on the ISO strategy.