Molenaar, Arnoud

Current Position: Chief Resilience Officer at City of Rotterdam & Lead Cities at Global Centre on Adaptation

Profile: He started his career with several ambitious trainee posts and jobs in France, New Zealand and the Netherlands. As deputy head of the Rotterdam Water Management Department, he was responsible for Rotterdam’s urban water management and the Waterplan2Rotterdam. In 2008, he was appointed Manager of the ambitious Rotterdam Climate Proof program. In this role, he initiated the international Connecting Delta Cities network, became regional coordinator within the Dutch research program Knowledge for Climate, and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy (2013).

He successfully led the City of Rotterdam towards a leading position on innovative urban water management and climate resilience, which resulted in an European Peer City status, a C40 Innovation Award and the EU-Icapital award. He is the first editor of the third Connecting Delta Cities book “Resilient Cities and Climate Adaptation Strategies” (2014). He also was member of the Steering Committee of the international conference “Deltas in times of Climate Change 2014”.

Arnoud was responsible for developing and launching Rotterdam’s first ever Resilience Strategy (2016). In 2018 he became member of the advisory board of the 4TU Centre for Resilient Engineering and he joined the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) as affiliate Cities Expert. In 2019 he hosted the Global Urban Resilience Summit in Rotterdam. Recently he joined the interim Global Steering Committee at the Global Resilient Cities Network (former 100RC). In 2020 he became (part time) lead Cities at the GCA.

Expertise: Transboundary rivers and water pollution aspects, environmental sciences, resilience, water quality and governance.

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