Jan van der Kolk

Jan van der Kolk (1945) started his career in 1970 as a teacher of chemistry and physics in Douala, Cameroun. He ws a Dutch civil servant, first in the Ministry of Health (1974-1990) and next in the Ministry of the Environment (1990-2005), and covered broad areas of preventive health and of environmental issues. In his different positions he always had a strong international orientation, with the EU and intensive contacts with OECD, FAO, UNEP, UNITAR and WHO.

Besides his position with the Dutch civil service he was during a long period board member and chair of development organisations. (a.o. ICCO)

October 2005 he started his own consultancy, Eco Conseil, for advice and training activities, often related to implementation of international conventions and agreements. In this regard, he very often gives trainings in countries in the South, mostly in (Anglophone and Francophone) African countries, but also in Asia and the Caribbean. He also is an advisor to Dutch organisations in international subjects

He has a close link as a fellow to UNITAR, United Nations institute for Training and Research (Training Advisor)

Research interests: training methodology, environmental management, chemicals and their impact on health and environment

Associate member
Eco conseil (consultancy for environmental training and advice)