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Gerlinde van Vilsteren studied Food Science and Technology at Wageningen University before she started as researcher at ATO-DLO, the predecessor of FBR (Food and Biobased Research). Her work focussed on biobased plastics from proteins and controlled release applications in food and non food. The focus on research shifted to management and strategy. In 2000 she started to work in research policy and strategy at the head office of WUR, focussing on contract research. In 2010 she became director of the Green Knowledge Cooperative, where organisations in vocational, professional and academic education in the green domain work together on innovation and knowledge transfer. In 2014 she became the director of the Centre of Biobased Economy in order to boost education for the biobased economy.
Momentarily she is Project Manager Corporate Value Creation. Relevant topics are impact for society, education for the biobased and circular economy and value creation and proposition.