Bart Van Hoof
Universidad de los Andes
BOGOTA, Colombia
Member ID 0574
Member since Jan 08, 2015
Status Active


Dutch educated industrial ecologist with strong roots in Latin America where I have lived and worked since more than twenty years. Academic with strong practitioner background in the field of industrial ecology and cleaner production. Connected to an extended network among Latin American Universities, public organisations, development organisations and private industries.

My experience offers proven outcomes in the dissemination and promotion of new concepts related to industrial ecology and cleaner production, which cover large scale networks of companies, networks of universities and public policies. My publications also cover a diverse portfolio of medium that impact different stakeholders in the society.


Bart van Hoof; Change agent in industrial ecology. Proven results in achieving structural institutional changes in private companies, public policies and academia. Dutch citizen living for over 20 years in Colombia. Combines a solid academic background with management experience and proven results.

Associate Professor, Director sustainability area, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, since August 2005: Ph.D. in Industrial Ecology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (2013); M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (1999); Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, Hogeschool, Eindhoven (1994).

Co-founder, first Master’s programme offered in Environmental Management in Latin America (2008). Co-chair of the first ISIE Americas conference in 2016. Lead author of the Colombian National Strategy on Circular Economy (2018) and lead author of the Colombian National policy on Sustainable Production and Consumption (2010). Former environmental director of Eco-petrol, a Colombia-based petroleum company ranked as 346 among the Fortune Global 500.

Research interest in management models for industrial ecology e.g., sustainable supply chains, closing material cycles, and dissemination of environmental culture among large, small, and medium-size firms in emerging markets.

Teaching in graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Ecology, Corporate Environmental Strategy, Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Founder and coordinator, consultancy workshop for MBA and undergraduate students, offered to over 500 companies and other organizations since 2006. Coordinator, “train-the-trainer” programme in cleaner production, offered by 15 universities in Colombia and Mexico.

Corporate and public agency consultancies: In Colombia: palm oil, sugarcane, flowers, tanneries, graphic arts; ministries of Environment, Trade and Industry. In Mexico: food processing, pharmaceuticals; Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NAFTA). Also, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Inter-American Development Bank; Panama’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Visiting scholar appointments: Erasmus University (since 2014); Yale University School of Forestry (2012); Erb Institute, University of Michigan (2008); ESAN Business School, Lima-Peru (since 2011); Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico (2007); Technological University, Santiago-Chile (2006).

Research Interests

Management models for Industrial Ecology, change in networks of organizations seeking to mainstream environmental sustainability, e.g., sustainable supply chains, closing material cycles, and dissemination of environmental culture among large, small, and medium-size firms in emerging markets.