André van der Zande

André van der Zande is the former Director-General of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health & the Environment (RIVM). He was elected as president of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) in November 2018 after serving as Vice President of the member organization focused on creating, strengthening and transforming public health institutes around the world. He studied biology at Leiden University and graduated with distinction in 1976. In 1984 he was awarded his Ph.D. from the same university on the subject of the field of tension between recreation and bird conservation.

From 1986 onwards he managed various large knowledge institutes in Wageningen, among them Alterra. He was a part-time professor of Spatial Planning and Cultural History under the Belvedère programme at Wageningen University (2005-2009).

In 2002 André Van der Zande made the changeover 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.