Sebastiaan van Herk

Dr Sebastiaan van Herk is CEO at Bax & Company. He responsible for: company strategy & management and talent growth. He oversees the business and team development of all focus areas and new strategic initiatives, investments and partnerships. 

Sebastiaan has over 20 years of experience in Green and Digital innovation, and a relentless drive to ‘Grow Talent’. He focuses on mobilising investment and creating impact on the ground with and for the people. He won the Public Choice award for best EU project in 2021, selected out of thousands from all domains, given by the EU Commissioner.

As senior consultant his role is often to conceptualise and steer innovation projects and alliances to maximum impact. He enjoys mobilising and facilitating inspiring and impact-driven international collaborations on new sustainability topics.

Since 2002 he has delivered innovation projects for various national, regional & local governments, multinational companies and SMEs; and research institutes. These include over 50 international projects with well over €200M in innovation funding, that have guided and mobilised a multiple in public and private investments. His current project portfolio comprises: climate adaptation, GovTech, biodiversity, healthy cities, sustainable agriculture and ecosystems, circular economy.

He is founder of Healthy Cities, having developed a unique tool HealthyCitiesGenerator that helps urban planners and health professionals to promote health through urban planning. 

Sebastiaan holds a PhD degree from IHE-Delft & TU Delft in Climate Adaptation & Water Management and an MSc degree (cum laude) in Technology, Policy & Management from TU Delft (2003). He studied Industrial Engineering at the UPC Barcelona & Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.  

He is founding member of the Flood Resilience Group IHE-Delft (NL) and guest professor at UPC (ES) and Southeast University (China). Dr. Van Herk has delivered multiple research projects and over 40 scientific and professional publications.  He has been appointed Advocate for UN-DRR and Expert for UN Environment. Sebastiaan has developed the Global Center on Adaptation as external coordinator since its inception. He  contributes to educational and capacity building programmes and he is an experienced speaker and facilitator of workshops at international conferences.

Languages: English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Catalan fluently and notions of French.

Specialties: Policy, Business  & Technology Strategy, Open Innovation, Research & Development, Policy Development, Project creation and management, Knowledge scaling and transfer, Facilitation and collaboration.