Jan Peter Balkenende

Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Professor Jan Peter Balkenende (born in 1956) was Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010. He has been the Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2010. Between 2011 and 2016 he has been a partner at EY, focusing on corporate responsibility, international affairs and areas at the interface of the public and private sectors. Since 1 July 2016, he has been External Senior Advisor to EY. He also chairs the International Advisory Board of Rotterdam, the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, the Germany-Netherlands Forum and the Major Alliance. Since 1 September 2017, Jan Peter Balkenende is a member of the Supervisory Board of ING.

Jan Peter Balkenende studied economic and social history, as well as Dutch law, at VU University Amsterdam. He obtained a doctorate in law with a thesis entitled ‘Government Regulation and Civil Society Organisations’. He subsequently worked at the Netherlands’ Universities Council, the Research Institute of the political party CDA and as a part-time professor at VU University Amsterdam. He was a member of the Amstelveen municipal council and of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament. From 2002 to 2010, Jan Peter Balkenende was Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In that capacity, he also served as Chair of the Innovation Platform.

Before becoming Prime Minster, he published a number of books and articles on a range of subjects, including innovation, development cooperation, European integration, public-private partnerships, social security, government finance, poverty, economic growth, confidence in the economy and the role of the business sector in society.

Jan Peter Balkenende received five honorary doctorates from universities in Hungary, Japan, South Korea and the United States.