Jan F. de Jongh
Originally trained as a lawyer, de Jongh moved into the Dutch civil service with the Ministry for Economy Affairs, where he worked from 1934 to 1945. After the Second World War, which greatly influenced his political thinking about the role of the state and of civil servants, he became Director of the School of Social Work in Amsterdam. In 1964 he became the first Director of UNRISD, bringing with him his strong interest in the association between the social and economic spheres. During his directorship, de Jongh widened his scope of thinking about the relationship between social work and social planning, and about the transfer of Western social work to Africa and Asia. He returned to the Netherlands in 1967 to become Director of the Centre for the Study of Education in Changing Societies, in Amsterdam.