Ruben Zondervan is the Executive Director of the Earth System Governance Project. He is based at the International Project Office hosted by Lund University, Sweden. Ruben Zondervan has an academic background in political science and environment & resource management and work experience in science management, diplomacy and industry. As the executive director of the Earth System Governance Project, his main focus is on project management and administration, strategic planning, fundraising, network development, communication and outreach, event management and science-policy interaction. Currently, he also serves as academic co-director of the Open Society Foundations’ Higher Education Support Program on Governance of Global Environmental Change; member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group; external expert to the EU TEMPUS Project on Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula; and is a research fellow of the Global Governance Project.