Geurt van de Kerk is chairman of the Sustainable Society Foundation. Mr Van de Kerk received his M.Sc. degree in civil engineering at Delft Technical University in 1969. Subsequently he held several positions as management consultant in the Netherlands and abroad until he co-founded K+V Management Consultants in Arnhem , The Netherlands, in 1984. He worked with the firm as managing director until 1997, when his personal interest in the publishing business led him to setting up De Vijver Publishing. This company offers little known writers of quality literature the opportunity to publish their work. Furthermore, since leaving K+V he has also undertaken various management consulting assignments for business and cultural organizations.
His work experience has gradually raised his personal interest in sustainability issues in general. This resulted, among other things, in his own publication “Lang leve de aarde en al haar bewoners” (Long live the earth and all its inhabitants, 2003, in Dutch) and finally in the establishment of the Sustainable Society Foundation (2007). Apart from his work in developing and maintaining the Sustainable Society Idex in general, he is currently involved in a number of projects on sustainable development in various countries. Furthermore, he has made contributions to several international conferences and training courses, and was (co-)author of publications on the subject of sustainability. He is a teacher and lecturer in several international courses with respect to development towards a sustainable society.
Mr Van de Kerk is a member of a number of national and international organizations, among which the European Sustainable Development Network, ESDN, and the International Society of Ecological Economists, ISEE. In the course of his career he has gained working experience in various countries outside Europe, viz. Guyana, Iran, Netherlands Antilles, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Trinidad and Turkey.