Arnold Verbeek works as a Senior Advisor in the Innovation Finance Advisory division of the European Investment Bank (EIB), where he mainly focuses on access-to-finance challenges and potential new ways of financing highly innovative projects and beneficiaries in RDI intensive sectors. He works in key EU sectors, such as the agri-food sector (in which he currently coordinates an access to finance study in close cooperation with the EC), the digital economy and the circular economy.
He has over 15 years of experience in R&D and innovation, including the financing of, and has worked closely with a wide array of national and regional governments, institutions, industry federations and companies in various sectors. Before joining the EIB, Arnold worked as a manager and senior expert at a Brussels-based advisory firm and as a senior researcher at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he closely engaged with the Belgian agri food sectors. He has published several articles on technology development and foresight (also in the agri food sector), and associated metrics, R&D collaboration and commercialisation.
Arnold holds degrees in Business Administration and Business Sciences.