Alexander Rinnooy Kan
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Mr. Alexander Rinnooy Kan was born in the Netherlands. Mr. Rinnooy Kan has degrees in Mathematics from Leiden university and Econometrics from Amsterdam University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Amsterdam.
He was employed as mathematics editor at the Spectrum Encyclopaedia for the period of a year, and at the University of Delft for three years. In 1977 he moved to Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he became a professor in operational research in 1980, Director of the Econometric Institute in 1983 and Rector Magnificus in 1986. In the meantime he was also a guest lecturer at Berkeley, California and MIT, Boston, among others.
In 1991 he became Chairman of the Confederation of Dutch Industry VNO, which became VNO-NCW in 1995, Mr. Rinnooy Kan was a Member of the Executive Board of ING Group from 1996 to 2006. Subsequently, he was appointed as Chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, a post which he occupied until September 2012.
Aside from his current job, Mr. Rinnooy Kan is a member of several advisory boards and committees.
Mr. Rinnooy Kan has published ten books and 150 articles.
As of September 2012, he is University Professor of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam.