Karl Vrancken (°1969), is research manager sustainable materials management at VITO. He has a part-time assignment as professor at the University of Antwerp (Dept. Bio-engineering), where he teaches sustainable resources management. Karl joined VITO more than 20 year ago. He has been heading a multidisciplinary research team on sustainability assessment and transition, first as a manager, later as research coordinator. He is currently in charge of the VITO research programme on sustainable materials and circular economy. He is the thematic chair for Circular Economy of G-STIC, a working group member in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (DG GROW), consortium chairman of the EEA European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials for a Green Economy and chairman of the European Circular Economy Research Alliance. In the first half of 2015 he was seconded to start up the knowledge and innovation community (KIC) EIT Raw Materials, as interim Chief Operations Officer (iCOO). At present he is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Colocation Centre West of EIT RawMaterials.
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