Dr. Hinoul holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics and a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He has also done postdoctoral research at the Stanford University, M.I.T., and several other laboratories in Europe, the U.S. and Japan. He also took an honorary doctorate of the Durban university in South Africa.
After his studies (1972) he joined Bell Telephone (at that time ITT) in Belgium, where he headed the Materials Research Department. He worked also in the Shelton Connecticut ITT Research labs for the development of the digital switch “System 12” (1976-1980) and was involved in the joint venture between Bell Telephone and the PTIC in China (1980-1982). He was active in India with the ITI (1983)
Dr. Hinoul was from August 1984 till March 1998 the Technology and Science Attaché at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C (1990-1998), after having served in the same position at the Belgian Consulate in Los Angeles (1984-1990).
In April 1998 Martin Hinoul became the Business Development Manager for the "Greater region of Leuven”, based at the HQ of KU Leuven Research and Development.
In August 2001, Martin Hinoul became Chief of Staff for the Flemish Minister for Economy
In July 2003 Dr Hinoul came back to KU Leuven R&D in his function of Business Development Manager for the Knowledge Economy Region Leuven and became at that time also an independent consultant.
Dr. Hinoul wrote hundreds of articles and several books and gave hundreds of lectures all over the world.