Arnoud Molenaar is the Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Rotterdam. After attending the University of Utrecht, graduating in Physical Geography, he started his career with several at ambitious trainee posts and jobs in France, New Zealand and the Netherlands. As deputy head of the Rotterdam Water Management Department he was responsible for Rotterdam’s urban water management. In 2008 he was appointed Manager of the ambitious Rotterdam Climate Proof program. In this context, he initiated the International Connecting Delta Cities network as part of the C40 Became regional coordinator within the Dutch research program Knowledge for Climate and was responsible for the design (2013) and implementation of the Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy.
He successfully led the City of Rotterdam towards a leading position on innovative urban water management, climate adaptation and resilience. This resulted in 2013 in a European Peer City status, a C40 Award for Adaptation in 2015 and recently a NYTimes publication and launch of the new Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) partnered by the World Bank Group, WRI and the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Water. In September 2014 he has leg appointed as Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Rotterdam supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. May 2016 Rotterdam’s first Resilience Strategy Launched ever was. June 2016 he was appointed as ambassador knowledge for the City of Rotterdam.