Koen Pardon, born May 19, 1969 (Leuven, Belgium), is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (KUL), a candidate in law (VUB) and a postgraduate in business administration (Ehsal). During the period 1994-1998, he worked as a psychologist in the psychiatric university hospital of Kortenberg and in a mental health service in Antwerp. From 1998 until 2000 he was a staff member of the ‘Nationaal Verbond van Socialistische Mutualiteiten’ and from 2000 to 2006 he worked as a staff member and press officer of the federal government ministers of social affairs, employment and egovernment. Since 2007 he is associated as a researcher at the End-of-Life Care Research group of the VUB and the University of Ghent. He and his wife Sara Vercauteren have two fantastic children, Tess and Liv.