Inge Arents

managing director

Inge Arents

Bioengineer and Master in Food Science and Nutrition

After a short period as a medical representative in the field of statins and immunity boosters, Inge started at Vandemoortele in 1993. She worked in product and process development for professional margarine (for artisan and industrial clients) for ten years and was involved in a large number of acquisitions during that period.

She transferred to the then IWT (now VLAIO) in 2003 where she was an advisor for innovation project applications for food companies and agricultural research. She also coordinated the research program for knowledge sharing from universities and colleges. As Account Manager, she also monitored the innovation platforms and was the national contact person for Horizon 2020.

In 2016, Inge seized the opportunity to become managing director of Flanders’ FOOD, a decision she certainly does not regret. This role allows her to combine her experience at both the Flemish and international level.

Her main goal is to encourage the Flemish food industry to innovate even more and better, and to keep investing in research, development and innovation. Inge believes in the power of people, collaboration in particular: preferably from different backgrounds, expertises and knowledge.