As a soil scientist Rik (H) van den Bosch has 20 years of experience in applied research in Africa and Asia in the field of soil fertility, soil and water conservation and environmental impact of agro-chemicals. As leader of the Environmental Risk Assessment team Rik developed a long term cooperation between Wageningen UR and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, aiming at developing environmental risk assessment procedures in the Chinese pesticide registration procedures. As business unit manager of the Centre for Water and Climate he managed 4 applied research teams and 7 chair groups of the Wageningen University and contributed to the further development of the applied water research of Wageningen UR. In his work Rik got experience in working with research groups, stakeholders, NGO’s, public sector and private sector. Rik’s professional drive is to contribute to sustainable management of natural resources, especially in developing countries. From September 1st , 2014 Rik has become director ISRIC. Rik is also board member of the Climate KIC Foundation, a pan-European network for Climate innovations.