Prof. Dr. Klaas van Egmond (1946) is emeritus Faculty Professor on Geosciences at Utrecht University, in particular environmental sciences and sustainability. He is still involved in research and lecturing on these and related issues. Earlier, Klaas was Director Environment at RIVM, the National Institute for Health and Environment and Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP). As director of RIVM and MNP he was advisor to the Dutch Cabinet of Ministers and members of parliament and has been responsible for many studies on all aspects of environment and sustainability.
Apart from his ongoing work on the physical aspects of environment and sustainability, Klaas has extended his activities to both the social-cultural and the financial-economic aspects of the sustainability problem, which resulted in the book Sustainable Civilization (Een Vorm van Beschaving, 2010) and several other peer reviewed publications on both subjects.