Arthur Manuel is board member of the Sustainable Society Foundation, a private initiative taken by him and Geurt van de Kerk in 2003. The general objective of the Foundation is to stimulate and assist societies in their development towards sustainability. The main activity until now has focussed on developing and publishing the [www.sustainablesocietyindex.com Sustainable Society Index] (SSI). This index integrates in an understandable way sustainability and quality of life and shows at a glance the level of sustainability of 151 countries. The index is updated every 2 years.
After receiving his M.Sc. degree in civil engineering at Delft Technical University in 1965, he started his career as research engineer at Delft Hydraulics Laboratory. Subsequently he was appointed project manager of a rural water supply programme in India. Upon return in the Netherlands in 1969, he joined Consultants for Water and Environment IWACO, which firm had recently been established in Rotterdam. After a large number of consultancy assignments both in the Netherlands and abroad, he became managing director of the firm. Upon leaving the company in 1989 he set up his own consultancy firm Environmental Consultants M-Consult. Activities covered and cover a wide range of projects both in the Netherlands and abroad, often related to sustainability issues. In this manner it was a logical step to join the Sustainable Society Foundation when it was initiated by his friend Geurt van de Kerk. His work for the Foundation mostly concerns assisting in research activities, in helping preparing the 2-yearly updates of the SSI and drafting publications of the Foundation. In the course of his career he has gained working experience in various countries outside Europe, viz. Aruba, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Estonia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Senegal, Surinam, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
E-mail: Arthur Manuel