Jan Pronk is president of the Society for International Development International Governing Council. He is a professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Between 1973 and 2002, he served three terms as Minister
for Development Cooperation and one term as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the States-General for the Labour Party (PvdA). From 2004 to 2006, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission for the United Nations Mission in Sudan.