Manu Malbrain (1965) qualified as MD from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1991. He is married to Bieke Depré and they have 3 sons: Jacco, Milan and Luca. He is the manager and director of the Medical and Surgical ICU, the High Care Burn Unit and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber of the ZNA "Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen", Campus Stuivenberg/St-Erasmus in Antwerp, Belgium. As of May 1st this year he became the medical hospital director of the ZNA Stuivenberg and St-Erasmus hospi-tals. He is a critical care physician (1996) with a basic training in internal medicine (1991). He is actively involved in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) where he chaired the Working group on abdominal problems (WGAP) within the POIC section (2009 --2013) and studied the effects of raised intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in general ICU patients for the last 20 years. He finished the Patient Acute Care Training (PACT) module on abdominal problems together with Jan De Waele. He was the Scientific program Chair together with Michael Sugrue of the 2nd World Congress on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome, Noosa, Australia, Dec 6-8 in 2004. He was the chairman of the 3rd WCACS in Antwerp, Belgium, March 22-24 in 2007 (www.wcacs.org). He is the founding President and actually the Treasurer of the World Society on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS at www.wsacs.org). Together with Niels Van Regenmortel, he is co-founder of the International Fluid Academy (www.fluid-academy.org) and co-chaired the first 2 iFAD meetings on November 19th in 2011 and November 17th 2012 in Antwerp. Besides IAP, his favourite topic is less invasive (hemodynamic) monitoring and he enjoys his active involvement in (bedside) teaching and education of medical trainees and students. In 2003 he was the first ESICM Chris Stoutenbeek Award winner in Amsterdam with a study protocol on different intra-abdominal pressure measurement methods and he successfully defended his PhD doctorate’s thesis in 2007 on the same topic (KU Leuven). He is author and co-author of several peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters and even two whole books on ACS.