Dr. Nathan De Geyter

Business Developer – End-of-Waste – Circular Bio-economy

Ghent University
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Coupure Links 653, block B, 6th floor

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Meet the new members of the team 

We are happy to announce the End-of-Waste family is growing, since around the start of 2021 two new faces joined the support team: Nathan De Geyter as Business developer and Ximena Reynafarje as Innovation Officer. Together they are responsible for co-creating and supporting project ideas of the 30+ research groups at AUGent that work on closing the loop of biological (side) stream valorization according to a zero-waste approach. Ximena will specifically focus on the low TRL projects that are still a bit further from the market and to investigate the potential to develop novel crop protection and fertilizing products, such as biostimulants from organic waste streams. Nathan has a broader focus, including all options to valorize waste, but with a dedicated focus on the high TRL projects that are closer to market. As such, they will both strengthen science-to-business collaborations to develop novel technologies for renewable resource recovery and help to stimulate the transition towards a more circular and sustainable biobased economy .

Nathan, our business developer is a creative professional, with a strong understanding of the circular bioeconomy innovation ecosystem, including R&D trends, key players, funding options, etc..

Before, Nathan was already involved in starting and managing collaborations with industry as the coordinator of the international thematic network GREEN-CHEM for 3 years, as innovation manager at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering at UGent to coordinate the Crelan and Bayer endowed chairs and support the organization and business development of large-scale events for 4 years; and as coordinator to help the proposal development and project implementation of several EU projects, such as INCITE, EURAKNOS & EUREKA for 2 years.

Nathan did a PhD in agricultural biotechnology at the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB), working on fundamental research to investigate plant-microbe interactions and the production of plant phytochemicals with the potential to benefit human health.

Ximena is an enthusiastic professional with more than 8 years of research experience on multidisciplinary approaches  towards a more sustainable agriculture.

Prior to accepting this position, Ximena did a PhD in the faculty of Bioscience engineering of the KU Leuven, studying the response of tomatoes to severe water scarcity.  She has also worked for more than 8 years as a researcher in the National Agrarian University in Lima, Peru, in the domains of agroecology and rural development.

If you have any questions on renewable resource recovery for a circular biobased economy, please feel free to reach out to us  directly.  We are looking forward to support your most ambitious  research ventures and ideas!

All the best,

Nathan and Ximena