Berben has been senior research manager at BASF since 2006 and has extensive experience in the development and commercialisation of several innovations in chemistry. He is also active in various technology networks, such as with TNO, VNCI, NWO and well acquainted with the Top Sectors.
Berben will work on the substantive merger of the TKIs BBE and Chemistry. The new TKI will be responsible for building and expanding the innovation agendas of chemistry, the biobased economy and the circular economy, aimed at groundbreaking innovations, CO2 reduction and sustainable economic renewal and growth. In his new role, Berben is also responsible for the implementation of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for the Circular Economy, together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
“Chemistry plays a key role in the transition to a sustainable world,” he says. “The switch to the use of non-fossil raw materials, including products from the agricultural industry, requires new knowledge and innovations. I look forward to contributing to that turnaround with the new TKI, alongside other innovation challenges where chemistry plays a crucial role, such as in the medical world. The first priority will be to merge the BBE and Chemistry TKIs to define joint objectives.”