Arthur Manuel is board member of the Sustainable Society Foundation. After receiving his M.Sc. degree in civil engineering at Delft Technical University in 1965, Mr. Manuel started his career as research engineer at Delft Hydraulics Laboratory. Subsequently he was appointed project manager of a rural water supply programme in India. Upon return in The Netherlands in 1969, he joined the international consultancy firm Consultants for Water and Environment IWACO, which firm had recently been established in Rotterdam. After a large number of consultancy assignments both in the Netherlands and abroad, he became managing director of the firm.
Upon leaving the company in 1989, he set up his own consultancy firm Environmental Consultants M-Consult. Activities covered and cover a wide range of projects both in the Netherlands and abroad, which enabled him to develop a clear view on sustainability issues. In this manner it was a logical step to join the Sustainable Society Foundation when it was initiated by his friend Geurt van de Kerk. His work for the Foundation mostly concerns assisting in research activities, helping preparing the two-yearly updates of the SSI and drafting publications of the Foundation. In the course of his career he has gained working experience in various countries outside Europe, viz. Aruba, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Estonia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Senegal, Surinam, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.