The open programme Implementing Open Innovation is led by Dr. Vareska van de Vrande and Rob Kirschbaum.
Dr Vareska van de Vrande
Vareska van de Vrande is associate professor of strategic management at RSM. Her research focuses on open innovation and corporate venturing, with an emphasis on the use of different strategies for external knowledge sourcing. She teaches strategic management and corporate venturing courses to university students and executives.
Rob Kirschbaum is the former vice-president of Open Innovation at DSM and has more than 35 years of experience fostering several innovations. For 15 years, Rob was responsible for corporate new business development at DSM, spinning-in and spinning-out concepts and companies, and subsequently for setting up the corporate venturing activities. He received the prestigious Giulio Natta Award in 2010 for his contributions to the development of various technologies and materials. He is considered a thought leader in open innovation.