Geert van der Veen
Geert van der Veen is managing Partner of Technopolis in Amsterdam and member of the Company Board of Technopolis Group. He has a background as an environmental engineer and has some 30 years of experience in the fields of science, innovation and entrepreneurship policy at EC level and in various (primarily European) countries and regions. Geert has been a researcher, a civil servant at a government agency, a director of a research institute and a consultant. He mainly works on strategy formulation and evaluation, often related to research institutes and or green economy.
Recent flagship projects led by Geert are, amongst others, the evaluation of the six national research institutes in The Netherlands (“TO2-instituten”, 2021), the development of a national STI strategy for Myanmar (2020), the evaluation of the 3 national research institutes in Luxembourg (2019) and the support for the development of the strategy of Dutch research council NWO (2018). Furthermore, he was involved in various studies for the European Commission (e.g. the ex-ante impact assessment of the Institutionalised Partnerships (2020).
Geert started working as a researcher environmental technology at TNO (Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research). From 1989 Geert worked for Senter (the Dutch agency for technology policy implementation, now RVO.nl) where he was consecutively programme manager and deputy group head, evaluating grant applications and setting up and managing) government programmes. Geert became director of the Economy, Ecology, Technology (E.E.T.) programme in 1997. After E.E.T., Geert became director of the BU Renewable Resources at the Wageningen Research Institute for Food and Biobased Research.
Geert is fluent in English and Dutch, has a good working knowledge of German and a basic understanding of French.