Dr. Bart van Hoof - Circular Economy -Best Researcher Award

School of Management Universidad de los Andes - Colombia 


Professional Profiles

Early Academic Pursuits:

Bart van Hoof commenced his academic journey with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in 1994. Subsequently, he pursued a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, solidifying his foundational knowledge in the field.

Professional Endeavors:

With a Dutch citizenship, Bart van Hoof has been a resident of Colombia for 25 years. He blends a robust academic background with diverse professional experiences, including roles in large firms and as a policy advisor. His extensive management experience spans corporate and public agency consultancies, contributing significantly to environmental sustainability initiatives.

Contributions and Research Focus:

Bart van Hoof is a distinguished researcher focusing on transdisciplinary approaches to scale environmental sustainability in organizations. His research encompasses Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology, and Sustainability strategy. Notably, he has published in renowned academic journals and authored numerous books, contributing to the dissemination of environmental management practices and sustainable supply chains.

Accolades and Recognition:

His impact is recognized globally, evident in his role as a leading external advisor for national strategies on the Circular Economy in Uruguay, Peru, and Colombia. As the Environmental director of Eco-petrol, a Fortune Global 500 company, Bart van Hoof has demonstrated leadership and expertise in influencing structural changes in private companies and public policies.

Impact and Influence:

Bart van Hoof's influence extends beyond academia, as seen in his consultancies for various industries, including palm oil, sugarcane, flowers, tanneries, and graphic arts. His advisory roles for Ministries of Environment, Trade and Industry, and engagement with international organizations such as the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Inter-American Development Bank underscore his influence in shaping environmental sustainability agendas.

Legacy and Future Contributions:

Bart van Hoof's legacy lies in his ability to achieve structural changes in diverse sectors. As a founder and coordinator of workshops and programs, he has imparted his knowledge to over 500 companies, contributing to environmental sustainability. His role as a co-founder of the first Master’s program in Environmental Management in Latin America is a testament to his commitment to education. Looking forward, his contributions are anticipated to continue shaping the field, fostering sustainable practices in organizations and academia

Notable Publications:

Anchor company contribution to cleaner production dissemination: Experience from a Mexican sustainable supply programme 2015

Collaboration capacity for sustainable supply chain management: Small and medium-sized enterprises in Mexico 2014

Organizational learning in cleaner production among Mexican supply networks 2014

Dr. Bart van Hoof – Circular Economy – Best Researcher Award

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