Senior Advisor National Security & Governance

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Prof. mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven is Senior advisor National Security & Governance for The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.

Professor Van Vollenhoven is closely involved in the field of safety assurance, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In 1975 he was invited to act as advisor on road safety to the Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. He has chaired the following organisations:

  • the Road Safety Council
  • the Railway Accidents Council
  • the Community and Safety Association
  • the National Road Safety Fund
  • the Council for the Promotion of Safety Impact Studies
  • the Transport Safety Board
  • the Dutch Safety Board

From February 2005 to January 2011, Pieter van Vollenhoven was Chair of the Dutch Safety Board, which is responsible for independent safety investigations in the transport sector, but also in sectors such as defence, industry, health care, nature and the environment. In 2005 he was appointed Professor of Risk Management at the University of Twente.

Professor Van Vollenhoven is also Honorary Chair of the Community and Safety Association (in Dutch), an independent organisation that advises on safety issues. He has also occupied a number of international posts in the field of transport safety.

  • Co-founder and a member of the European Transport Safety Council
  • Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Transportation Safety Association, in which all transport safety boards are combined.
  • From 1990 he spent a few years acting as advisor to Dr Karel van Miert, the European Commissioner for Transport.
  • In 2004 Professor Van Vollenhoven was invited to join the Group of Experts on Accident Investigation, which advises the European Commission.

Biography taken from the website of the Royal House of the Netherlands, photograph courtesy of © RVD – Martijn Beekman.