Before joining Gilde, Gerben founded Triacta, an investment fund, where he was the Managing Partner for 12 years. Prior to this, he was an investment manager at H2 Equity Partners. Gerben was also founder and CEO of Cycleon, a leading European Reverse Logistics business active in more than 25 countries, and which was subsequently acquired by an American private equity fund. Gerben started his professional career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the Benelux. Gerben has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology.