About Dr Robert Verkerk
Dr Robert Verkerk is an internationally acclaimed expert in health, agricultural and environmental sustainability.
During the course of his work over the last 35 years, he has focused on a diverse array of issues ranging from environmental protection to reducing synthetic chemical load among urban and rural communities, to assist the development of natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare. In Europe, Dr Verkerk has made substantial contributions to the development of more appropriate legal and scientific frameworks for the regulation of natural products used in healthcare.
Following his first degree in Ecology, he spent some 10 years in the private sector in Australia working in the field of sustainable environmental management while simultaneously leading various environmental campaigns through his voluntary work at the Total Environment Centre, Sydney.
He returned to the UK in 1990 and completed a Masters degree at Imperial College London and after a further period of a year in Australia, he resumed his studies, being awarded a Doctorate in 1995 after just two years. Dr Verkerk remained at Imperial College for a further 7 years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His research focused particularly on biocompatible approaches to agriculture, biocontrol of insect pests and multitrophic interactions within agro-ecosystems. He ran projects in Eastern and Southern Africa, Central and South East Asia, and has acted as an advisor to governments and development agencies.
In 2002, Dr Verkerk founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), a pan-European and international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting natural approaches to healthcare, as well as helping to shape the scientific and regulatory framework affecting such approaches.
Dr Verkerk is also scientific director of ANH Consultancy Ltd, a consultancy arm linked to ANH-Intl, that provides bespoke consultancy services to food, health and agricultural interests.
He has authored some 60 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, he contributes regularly to magazines and other popular media including writing a monthly column in What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You.
He is an accomplished and inspirational speaker and communicator on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability.