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Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Professor A.H.G. Rinnooy Kan has been University Professor of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) since 1 September 2012, with a specific focus on change processes at the micro and macro level.

Prof Alexander Rinnooy Kan
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About the chair

In a turbulent world economy, change is the only constant. This applies to nations and businesses, citizens and leaders, and employers and employees. Economics and business studies traditionally provide the analytical foundation for change processes. Subsequently, complex negotiations, often involving multiple parties at various levels, must then define the nature of the change involved.

About Alexander Rinnooy Kan

Alexander Rinnooy Kan (1949) studied mathematics in Leiden and econometrics in Amsterdam. He has held academic positions at a number of universities including Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. At Erasmus University Rotterdam, he was appointed professor of Operational Research in 1980, before becoming director of the Econometrics Institute in 1983, and Rector Magnificus in 1986. In addition, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In 2007, he was appointed honorary professor of Policy Analysis in the Private and Public Sectors at the UvA.

From 1991-1996, Rinnooy Kan was president of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry (VNO) and, after a merger with the Netherlands Christian Workers Union (NCW), the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). He joined the executive board of bank and insurer ING, where he remained a member until June 2006. From 2006 until 2012, he was a Crown-appointed member and chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan is married and has three children.


Prof. dr. A.H.G. (Alexander) Rinnooy Kan

University Professor of Economics and Business