Dr. Sebastiaan van Herk is partner and senior consultant at Bax & Company. Since 2003, he has defined, executed and coordinated Open Innovation, R&D, NBD and policy projects for various industrial multinational and SME companies; governmental bodies at different administrative levels; and research institutes, including several European and Global collaborative projects. Mr. van Herk mainly works in the domains of: environment; water and construction, but has occasionally delivered projects in energy, aeronautics, textiles, and ICT, broadening his experience in effective collaboration early in his career.
Sebastiaan is a founding member and part-time researcher at the Flood Resilience Group at UNESCO-IHE on governance, collaboration, learning and transitions in flood Management, climate adaptation and spatial planning. He has been appointed UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) campaign Advocate for Resilient Cities. He also contributes to educational; training; and capacity building programmes. He is an experienced speaker and facilitator of workshops at international conferences (approximately 4-6 per year).
Sebastiaan van Herk holds a joint PhD degree from UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology and an MSc degree (cum laude) in systems engineering and policy analysis from Delft University of Technology (2003). He studied industrial engineering at the UPC Barcelona and economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Previously Mr. van Herk worked 2 years in R&D and NBD departments in the construction industry at HILTI AG(Liechtenstein) and Dura Vermeer Group (Holland) respectively.
Sebastiaan van Herk speaks English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Catalan fluently and has notions of French.