Let me explain what I did before I started Ideas-en-Route.
Colloids are very small particles or droplets, between 1 nanometer and 1 micron diameter. They do not dissolve, but get dispersed, like billions of small water droplets in the fog. Because of their (small) size, colloids exhibit special physical behavior, which is interesting for fundamental scientists, but also in practical applications. Like for instance: drilling fluids or paints; but also in regular food products, like pudding, ice cream or margarine, colloidal principles are used.
Those practical applications led me into the world of product development and innovation management, first with Schlumberger and Unilever, and currently with Purac Biochem.
In Unilever (The Netherlands, 1999-2010), I led European innovation projects within Laundry and Margarine. I also led the Open Innovation implementation program in Foods (’04-’07) and the Market Intelligence Dept for Supply Management (’02-’04)
While delivering innovation challenges, I became fascinated with the ‘people’ side of innovation. I structured my experience through the renowned Advanced Change Methodologies program at SIOO (2009-2011).
Since October 2011, I combine the Innovation Practice with the role of Innovation Director for the Food Division at Purac Biochem.