Jack Kruf

At this fine art studio, Jack explored new ways of expressing impressions and perspectives related to design and governance by graphic mapping and with daughter Michelle Kruf from there in the broader domain of graphic design.  In deze fine art studio verkent Jack nieuwe wegen om impressies en perspectieven van ontwerp en besturing uit te drukken in grafische prenten en met dochter Michelle ontdekt hij het bredere domein van (foto)grafisch ontwerp.

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He is born and did grow up in the village of Halsteren, The Netherlands, in the landscape where sand and clay, duinen and polders, salt water and freshwater, sea and lake, grassland and forest, catholic and protestant, poor and rich meet, on the border of the provinces of Zeeland and Noord-Brabant in heart of the North Sea Delta. A landscape with a rich palette of gradations and with a high biodiversity. Hij is geboren en getogen in het dorp Halsteren in een landschap waar zand en klei, duinen en polders, zout en zoet water, zee en meer, grasland en bos, katholiek en protestant, arm en rijk elkaar ontmoeten, op de grens van de provincies Zeeland en Noord-Brabant, in het hart van de Noordzee-Delta. Een landschap met een rijk palet aan overgangen en met een hoge biodiversiteit.

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After gymnasium bèta in the city of Bergen op Zoom, he qualified as a chartered classic pianist (cum laude) for the introduction year at the Music  Conservatorium and followed a Masters Degree at the Wageningen University and got qualified as a Chartered Engineer in Forest Ecology and Social Psychology (cum laude). He has the Certificate of Authenticity' at the Public Domain Institute in Utrecht and followed online study programmes: 'Design Thinking' at the Darden Institute of West-Virginia University, 'Navigation' at Harvard University, a certificate 'Designing Cities' at the University of Pennsylvania. Na afronding van het gymnasium bèta in Bergen op Zoom, hij kwalificeerde zich met een klassieke piano-opleiding (cum laude) voor het introductiejaar aan het Conservatorium en kwalificeerde zich als ingenieur aan de Wageningen University (cum laude) in zowel bosecologie als sociale psychologie. Het heeft het 'Certificaat van Authenticiteit' bij het Publiek Domein Instituut en volgde diverse online studieprogramma's: 'Design Thinking' aan het Darden-Instituut van Universiteit West-Virginia, 'Navigatie' aan de Harvard Universiteit en 'Designing Cities' aan de Universiteit van Pennsylvania.

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He was project and program manager in the private sector in stewardship, nature and landscape design and engineering as well as in information technology and management before transferring to Director in the City of Breda (1994) and Chief Executive/City Manager to the City of Roosendaal (2000). In 2011 he returned to the private sector at Acestes Strategy and WagenaarHoes Consultancy and personally founded the Governance Connect design studio, and with daughter Michelle Kruf founded the online store Q Dock for fine art and graphic design. 

He served for three decades the public domain at the interface of politics, government, management, citizen and society. He made and makes a significant contribution to the professional network for risk management and governance (PRIMO) in the Netherlands as well as in Europe (now as President) and was for many years a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Local Authority Chief Executives (UDITE).

His specialities are Leadership and change, public sector strategy and governance, project and risk management, regional development, private and public sector partnerships, marketing and positioning, coaching, transformational change and international networks.