Dr. Anne Mensink has recently joined Technopolis Group as a senior consultant, based in the Amsterdam office. Anne has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, research and education in the agrifood and life sciences & health domains. Prior to joining Technopolis Group, she worked at Food Valley NL (Wageningen) in a multidisciplinary and internationally oriented job in the field of science, technology and innovation, as Senior Scientific Officer and Director of International Relations. Being an international network organisation, Food Valley NL works on topics of global importance, such as ‘Food Quality and Safety’, ‘Nutrition and Health’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Circular Economy’. Anne’s activities strengthened the triple helix of government, academia and industry and allowed her to build an interesting network including both the public and the private sector.
Before turning her attention to innovation in agrifood, Anne worked for several years at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), as an advisor with respect to knowledge valorisation and as the director of the Laboratory for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology (Centre for Infectious Diseases Control). Activities of this research group included, among others, signalling, risk assessment and intervention strategies related to pathogenic microorganisms that are transmissible to humans via animals, food or the environment. This multidisciplinary work in the human and non-human (veterinary, agricultural, natural, environmental) domain focused on topics that are important for supervision, policy advice and societal issues.
Prior to joining RIVM, Anne worked for Numico Research B.V. as the Director of Gastrointestinal Biology. Effects of nutritional components on the gastrointestinal tract were studied and opportunities for new product concepts were evaluated. This research was mainly carried out for the infant nutrition- and advanced medical nutrition areas. In addition, research was performed in the context of dietary supplements.
Anne has been a member of numerous governmental advisory committees and has acted as an expert in various working groups. She holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Sciences (Wageningen University, with distinction) and obtained a PhD in Wageningen in 1997.