Geert van der Veen is a Technopolis Director in Amsterdam since 2008. He joined Technopolis in 2003 and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of innovation, innovation policy and sustainable development.
Within Technopolis Geert is mainly involved in projects related to research and innovation programmes, research organisations and innovation agencies, and projects related to innovation for sustainability.
Flagship projects in which he was recently involved were the evaluation of the Energy research projects in FP6 and FP7 (for EC DGs Energy and RTD); a project that developed a methodology for evaluating the impacts of projects in environmental research (EC DG RTD); several peer reviews of Czech research institutes (Czech government); the evaluation of Finnish technology agency Tekes (TEM); the evaluation of Flemish research institutes VITO and VIB (EWI) and a project to set up a research centre for PV Solar technologies in Noord-Brabant (The Netherlands).
Geert began working as a researcher at TNO Environmental Technology in 1988. He moved to Senter (The Dutch Agency for Technology Stimulation, now part of RVO Netherlands) in 1989, where he was a project officer for various Environmental Technology programmes and coordinator for programme monitoring and evaluation and, from 1997-2001, Director of the Economy, Ecology and Technology Programme Office. From 2001-2003 Geert worked at the Wageningen Research Institute for Food&Biobased Research as Director of the Business Unit for Renewable Resources.
Geert is fluent in English and Dutch, has a working knowledge of German and can read French.