Louk de la Rive Box (in publications: Louk Box) was  director of the Adaptive Agricultural Research programme at Wageningen University, professor of geography at Utrecht University, director of development policy planning at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the European Center for Development Policies and professor of International Cooperation at Maastricht University. He is past president of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institute (EADI), the European University Association for the study of Society, Science and Technology (ESST) and One World Netherlands.  He was a founding member of the Prince Claus Fund and its Cultural Emergency Response, member of Sussex University’s STEPS Advisory Board and of the World Connectors, board member of the international journal Global Governance and The Broker, and member of the board of the Graduate Institute for International Relations and Development Studies (IHEID).
In recent years he was Professor of International Cooperation and rector at the Hague’s International Institute of Social Studies ISS. Currently he is Honorary professor of International Cooperation at Maastricht University and Distinguished fellow at the University of South Africa’s Chair in Development Education. He and his wife Barbara split their time between their Dutch children and grandchildren and their French almond farm. In France he is Vice President of Les Amis de Joviac, a cultural and historic association.

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