Prof. Dr. Olaf Timmermans is leading professor of the Applied Research Center Vitality HZ and professor Healthy Region. Olaf started his career in 1981 with education as a nurse. He then worked for more than 20 years in various positions at the (predecessors) ADRZ and Emergis. He holds a Nursing Specialist degree from Hogeschool Utrecht and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cardiff. In 2022, Olaf started at HZ University of Applied Sciences as a teacher in the bachelor of Nursing program and has been a member of the Nursing and Midwifery department of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Antwerp since 2004. Olaf completed his PhD research on innovation in healthcare at the University of Antwerp in 2012 and worked at both HZ and the University of Antwerp until 2023. Olaf has explicit expertise in education and research, at Bachelor, Master and PHD level, on creation of healthy regions. In addition to his work at HZ, he is currently a visiting professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Antwerp.