After working for over 12 years as a lawyer and a human resources manager, Kristel took a sabbatical which changed her life. She decided to follow her passions in life which are traveling, writing and being entrepreneurial in the broad sense of the word. Kristel is the founder, owner and manager of Ghent-Authentic. She lives alternately in Ghent and in New York City where she keeps on pursuing a writing career.

Since January 2011, Kristel is engaged by the European Commission as a 'European Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador', to be a role model for women who consider to start their own business. In February 2012 Kristel won the 'De Gentse Ondernemer/Gentse starter 2012' award as a result of which she  became a role model for starting entrepreneurs in her tome town Ghent as well.