Danielle Raspoet has been active as director to the VARIO since January 1st, 2017. Before this, she was the General Secretary for the VRWI (since 2010) and its predecessor, the VRWB (since 2006).
Danielle attained a PhD in Science, Chemistry Group, from the Laboratory for Microbiology at the University of Gent in 1992. She gained extensive expertise as counsellor in the field of science and innovation in various cabinets, and as senior researcher within the Flemish government.
Danielle Raspoet is Government Commissioner for Finance on the Board of Directors of the Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) from July 6, 2006 to December 31, 2017, and is currently still a member of the General Assembly of VIB and has been since July 6, 2006. From March 2015 to April 2020, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Flemish Land Company.