Mr. Robert Kirschbaum (born 1952) graduated from the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) as a Chemical Engineer in 1977.

His career with DSM consists of more than 35 years fostering various innovations (fibers like Dyneema, specialty films and Engineering plastics like Stanyl and Flameretardants) up to full commercialization.

From 1997, Rob was in charge of the DSM New Business Development Corporation.
In this Corporate “Incubator” several early phase commercial
activities and new ventures were combined to grow into sustainable businesses.
In 2006 the NBD Corporation was integrated into the DSM Innovation Center.
Untill 2009 he fullfilled the role of Vice President Innovation, focussing on the DSM cluster of Performance Materials and subsequenlty he was assigned as VP Open Innovation of DSM.
Since January 2015, he runs a smal consultancy company and acts –amongst other activities- as
Sr. Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal DSM.

In May 2010 he received the prestigious Giulio Natta Award and he enjoys a visiting lectureship on Corporate Venturing and Entrepreneurship at the ESADE (Barcelona) and the
Erasmus University/RSM (Rotterdam).

Rob is married, has 3 kids and likes to play tennis as well as indoor soccer.


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