In the years that followed, I experienced the value of the excellent academic training that I received here: the ability to reflect critically and to dare to explore uncharted territory.’
After graduating in 1983 from the former Environmental Hygiene degree programme, Jan Karel Mak worked as an environmental consultant for DHV engineering. Seven years later, he moved to McKinsey & Company, where he was employed as a management consultant. In 1995, he joined the board of Heidemij Advies bv (now Arcadis), an engineering consultancy that specialises in urban development, traffic, environmental and spatial solutions, geo-information, land issues, and road infrastructure. In 1999, he came into contact with Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs bv, where he has been a partner and CEO since 2000. Deerns is a consultancy group that specialises in building physics and installation and energy technology with a view to developing technological facilities in the built environment. It currently has a 600-strong workforce spread across the Netherlands, Dubai, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the USA.