De Jong currently works as director of consultancy firm PBLQ, which focuses on helping government institutions and non-profit organisations solve digitisation issues. He previously worked as city manager of Amsterdam, interim chairman of the boards of MBO (secondary vocational education), and member of the Force Command of the Dutch national police force.
De Jong, who will start on 11 October, has been appointed for a period of six months. He will not only be responsible for the day-to-day running of the institute, but will also, together with staff members, draw up the profile for a new director. De Jong has been unanimously nominated by the appointment advisory committee, which includes board members and staff members of the Rathenau Instituut as well as the KNAW's general director.
'With Henk de Jong, the Rathenau Instituut gains an authentic and perceptive director', says Maria Henneman, chair of the Rathenau Instituut's board. 'In addition to his extensive experience as a director and manager, his substantive expertise and vision are a perfect match for the institute's mission. We are very happy to have found someone at short notice who can fill the void left by Melanie Peters.'
Henk de Jong: 'Fulfilling this position under these circumstances is very sad. At the same time, the Rathenau Instituut is a relevant and wonderful organisation, and I am happy to support it. Science, technology, and innovation affect society more than ever. I am highly motivated to use the Instituut's expertise, together with all those involved, to help politicians and administrators make important decisions.'