Dr. Jan de Wilt, Agribusiness program manager, The Innovation network – Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr. Jan de Wilt is Champion for sustainable agriculture at the Dutch innovation network, InnovatieNetwerk. His specialties are agriculture and agribusiness, industrial ecology, bio-based economy, animal integrity, marine production systems. Working experience in academia and public administration.
Jan de Wilt is a Dutch agricultural engineer, with a background in animal sciences. After his PhD in animal behavior and welfare at Wageningen University, he held jobs in research planning and management, foresight and innovation. He is now involved in groundbreaking innovations in agriculture, agribusiness and rural areas.
Industrial ecology is an important focus in his work de Wilt, at Innovation network he is responsible for Agroparks (industrial ecology in agriculture), Greenhouse Village (linking greenhouses and buildings to create new public utilities), Bioport (Rotterdam as main port for biomass), Marine Parks (multifunctional use of space at sea by combining energy infrastructure with aquaculture), Ecoferm (remediation of waste streams from farms and power plants by algae production) and Ecopyramid (multiple use of biomass aimed at eco-efficiency and value creation).