Jan Peelen is Attaché for Infrastructure & Environment at the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Washington, D.C), where he is responsible for infrastructure, smart cities, climate resilience and sustainable economic growth.
Jan has been in the U.S. since 2014 and had developed a special interest in Texas over the years. ‘ A lot of people only think of oil & gas, when they talk about Texas, but there is much more interesting stuff going on: they are really making progress on sustainable energy and the city of Austin is considered one of the leading ‘smart cities’ in the US’, says Jan. The rapid growth of Texan cities and projects like the Ike-dike or the Central Texas Railway are also being followed with great interest.
Before his posting in the US, Jan worked as the program officer for the Dutch International Water Policy Program: he coordinated the overall program and was responsible for various initiatives to promote the Dutch water & maritime industry.
Jan started his career with the Dutch national government as a specialist on environmental impact assessments. He later became a strategic advisor and project manager for various national energy & transportation infrastructure projects in The Netherlands and was involved in the development of new policies and regulations for these type of projects.
Jan holds an M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam and serves on the Advisory Board of the ‘Emerging Leaders in Environmental & Energy Policy’ (ELEEP) network.