herman1Herman Wijffels

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Since 2009, Herman Wijffels (1942) is professor of Sustainability and Societal Change at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute(USI) of Utrecht University.

Wijffels studied economics at Tilburg University. He worked at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture & Fishery and subsequently as secretary general of the Dutch Christian Employers Association (NCW).

In 1981 he joined Rabobank as an executive director and was appointed Chair of the Executive Board in 1986. In 1999 followed his appointment as Chairman of the Social- Economic Council (SER). From 2006 to 2008 Wijffels was executive director at the World Bank in Washington DC.

Herman Wijffels also served on a number of Boards in both the public and private sector, such as president of the Association ‘Natuurmonumenten’, the Board of Tilburg University and the Supervisory Boards of the ‘Rijksmuseum’, Utrecht University Medical Centre and TNO, as well as the corporate Boards of DSM and SHV.