André van der Zande

Professor doctor André van der Zande, PhD (1952) is Director-General at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). He has held this position since 1 January 2011.

André van der Zande studied biology at Leiden University and graduated with distinction in 1976. In 1984 he was awarded his PhD from the same university on the subject disturbance by recreation of breeding bird population.

In the period 1982 till 1996 he worked in the field of nature conservation, with the Province of Gelderland, as a Regional Officer in South Holland for the State Forestry Service, and at the Ministry for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.

From 1996 onwards he managed various large knowledge institutes in Wageningen, among them Alterra. In addition he was a part-time professor of Spatial Planning and Cultural History under the Belvedere programme at Wageningen University (2005-2009).

In 2002 André Van der Zande made the changeover back to the former Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit - LNV). Until 2007 he was Director-General at the LNV and his responsibilities included agricultural policy, nature and biodiversity, manure policy and general environmental policy. In 2007 he became Secretary-General there, until the merger of the LNV with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.