Rob Visser has retired from the OECD in October 2010 after reaching the 65 year age limit. He started to work at the OECD in 1985 as Principal Administrator in the Chemicals Division. In 1993 he became Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division and since 2005 he was the Deputy-Director of the Environment Directorate.
He started his professional career as a toxicologist working in a number of hospitals and in a TNO Laboratory. From 1979-1982 he worked in the Dutch Ministry of Public Health and Environmental Protection, and 1982 – 1985 in the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning.
After his retirement he has worked as Senior Adviser/Consultant for OECD, UNEP, UNITAR, the G20 and the European Commission.
He is a Dutch national and has a PhD in toxicology from the University of Leiden.