Marjan de Smit studied general social sciences at Utrecht University and has worked for the GGD Zeeland since 1996. As policy advisor for public mental health (oggz), she initiated and implemented projects in close cooperation with the Zeeland municipalities and care providers, focusing on prevention and monitoring of mental health problems and the organization of safety net care. In 2017 Marjan shifted her focus to knowledge development. Participation in the minor Fit for the Future brought not only knowledge about system theoretical approaches but also the necessary tools to develop approaches for complex social issues. Currently Marjan works as a researcher and project leader, for both the GGD and the lectorate EVM in several European projects: I-KNOW-HOW, HAIRE and EMPOWERCARE. Within these projects and with Solidarity University as a permanent partner, she works on themes such as social inequality, participation and empowerment and always from the basic principles of social innovation. Marjan has the necessary expertise and competences to develop products and services in co-creation with those directly involved.