Jan Leentvaar is Professor of Water and Environmental Policy Making at UNESCO-IHE, seconded by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. From 2008-2010 he was Senior Advisor at UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development in Bonn, seconded by the Dutch government. He has served the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management since 1988 in his last position as Director Chief Inspector of the Water Management Inspectorate and Advisor of the Minister.
He has extensive professional experience in Integrated Water Resources Management obtained during his professional career. He was part-time professor Integrated Water Resources Management at Wageningen University, Director of Water Pollution Control and International Relations and Director of Research at RIZA, the Dutch Institute for Inland Water Management and Water Pollution Control and head of the Delta Department at the Institute for Tidal Water Management.
He was chairman and member of several working groups of the International Rhine and Meuse Committees, Netherlands representative in the International Committee on the Hydrology of the Rhine and member in several UNESCO working groups.
He carried out several projects in Institutional and Water Quality Management in India, Malaysia, Egypt, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Thailand, China, Tanzania, Kenya, Viet Nam, Croatia and Korea.
Recent publication: River Basins and Change, an electronic book aiming at bringing together the major contributions to the international conference on The Global Dimensions of Change in River Basins – Threats, Linkages and Adaptation, organized within the Global Catchment Initiative of the Global Water System Project (GWSP) and held between 6 to 8 December 2010, in Bonn, Germany.