Members of the board

Prof.Dr.Ir. J.A.M. van Arendonk, Chairman
Mrs. L.K. Koster-Pon, Treasurer
Mr. G.L.M. van Hengstum, Secretary
Prof. Dr. ir. J. Komen

 

Summary

RoundpicJohanArenddonk.pngJohan van Arendonk was born on September 13, 1958 on a dairy farm in Bavel a small village in the South of The Netherlands. He received his MSc degree in Animal Science (with distinction) in 1982 at the Wageningen University in The Netherlands. During his graduate studies he spent seven months at the Department of Animal Breeding of the Agricultural University (UMB) in As, Norway. In 1985 he received his PhD degree (with distinction) at the Wageningen University.

The working career of Johan van Arendonk started in 1985 in the Department of Animal Breeding at Wageningen as an Assistant Professor. He rose quickly to Associate Professor in 1989 and to a Personal Chair in 1998 with the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group of Wageningen University. In 2001, he was appointed to the position of Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics. From 2004 to 2007, he combined that position with the position of Scientific Director of the graduate school "Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences". From 2010 onwards, he combines that position with the position of Dean of Sciences of Wageningen University.

Johan has spent a number of six month outside The Netherlands: at the Department of Animal Breeding of the Agricultural University (UMB) in As, Norway; at the Centre for Genetic Improvement in Livestock of the University of Guelph in Canada; and at the Department of Animal Science of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Van Arendonk is coordinator of the EU-funded European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics course (http://www.emabg.eu/), which started in September 2007. In 2003 he became the chairman of the Koepon Stichting.

 

 

 

 

Hans Komen was born on October 28, 1957 in Amsterdam. He started studying biology at the Free University in Amsterdam and moved to Wageningen University where he graduated in 1986 (with distinction). He obtained his PhD degree in 1990 at the Aquaculture and Fisheries group of Wageningen University. Between 1990 and 1992, he worked as post-doctoral fellow at the national research institute for basic biology in Okazaki, Japan. In 1992 he obtained a 5-yr KNAW postdoctoral grant for research on sex determination in common carp, at the Aquaculture and Fisheries group of Wageningen University, in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. In 1997 he was appointed assistant professor at the Aquaculture and Fisheries group where he started teaching and research on reproduction and genetics of fish. In 2004 he moved to the Animal Breeding and Genetics group, where he acquired in-depth knowledge of quantitative genetic theory and started working on selective breeding programs for livestock and fish. In 2007, he was appointed Associate professor at Animal Breeding and Genetics group and in 2016 he was appointed personal professor.

His research activities focus on the design and optimization of tailor-made, small scale breeding programs for livestock and fish, with a special interest for projects that contribute to poverty alleviation in low- and middle income countries. Hans has supervised various PhD students in projects on dairy, poultry and fish breeding in Africa and South-east Asia. He is team leader of the team “aquaculture breeding programs” of the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre and board member of the education program board of Wageningen University. He strongly believes in good education as the key to capacity building and development; Since 2017, he is actively involved in the development of an open online course (MOOC) on animal breeding and genetics, which is sponsored by the Koepon foundation.