Rik van den Bosch (1965) graduated in 1990 from Wageningen University as an Environmental Scientist, with a strong emphasis on soil chemistry, soil physics, hydrology and tropical soil science. Between 1991 and 2007 he worked a.o. for Alterra as researcher and project leader on soil and water management in Africa and Asia. His work initially focussed on integrated soil fertility management and soil conservation, later his interests moved to the impact of the use of agrochemicals on soil and water quality. From 2007 to 2012 he held several management positions at Wageningen UR, first as team leader Environmental Risk Assessment at Alterra and later as manager of the Centre for Water and Climate at the Environmental Sciences Group. Currently Van den Bosch is manager business development ‘Water’ at Alterra and responsible for cooperation with strategic clients. He is also member of the Board of Climate KIC, a European innovation community for climate adaptation and mitigation. He built up outstanding international experience through multi-national projects, both for public and private clients.
Rik van den Bosch intends to develop and strengthen ISRIC’s international position on soil data and soil mapping, application of soil data in global development issues and on training and education. His aim is to contribute to sustainable management of natural resources, especially in developing countries. Rik van den Bosch: “The position of ISRIC Director gives me challenging possibilities to make this contribution. The mission of ISRIC is highly relevant for an array of societal challenges we currently face, ranging from food production, water management, water safety, biodiversity, climate adaptation and mitigation and sustainable natural resources management, both in rural and urban settings. Furthermore, this position is an interesting mixture of strategy development (including funding strategies), international acquisition and networking, combined with the daily management of the institute and its staff.”