FIG Council

Facing the Challenges - Building the Capasity

Vice President Prof. Paul van der Molen, 2007-2008

Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth:  15 January 1950
Nationality:  Dutch
Status: Married, three children.
Current Position: Director Kadaster International and Professor at the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation ITC.

Professional Career

Prof. Ir. Paul van der Molen, born in Zeist in 1950. After his secondary school (1967), studies in geodesy at the Delft Technical University (1973). After two years navy officer, he joined the Netherlands Land Registry and Cadastre Agency (1975).

After 8 years experience in land consolidation projects, he became managing director of the regional office in the province Zeeland (1983) and in Gelderland (1986). In 1991 he became director Land Information and Geodesy at the headoffice in Apeldoorn. In 2002 he became (part time) director Kadaster International, in charge with the international co-operation.

In the meantime he was appointed as a part time professor at the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation ITC in Enschede (2000).

He was the president of the Netherlands Association for Geodesy (1987- 1995) and president of the Netherlands Foundation for Geodesy, a federation of 4 Netherlands associations in the field of geo-information and geodesy (1995-2000)

In 2001 he was awarded an honorary membership of the Netherlands Association for Geodesy, member of FIG.

Since 1995 he is director of the Office International du Cadastre et Régime Foncier, the 'OICRF' (International Bureau of Land Records), the FIG Documentation centre for cadastre and land records.

In 2002 he was elected as chairperson of FIG Commission 7 (Cadastre and land Management) for the period 2002-2006.

  • Tenure and Tools, two aspects of innovative land administration. Background paper ‘evening lecture’ RICS 13 December 2006 London UK.
  • Cost Recovery for land administrations, Survey Review 36(2001)282
  • The Netherlands Cadastre and the Internet: Cadastres in the 21st century, GIM International 15(2001)
  • Cadastres revisited: the promised land of land administration, Inaugural Address ITC April 2001
  • Data communication: a lifeline between land administration organisations and society, FIG Seoul May 2001
  • Some considerations on benchmarking cadastral systems and the role of cost recovery, FIG June Gävle 2001
  • Vermessungs- und Katasterverwaltungen in den Beneluxstaaten, Intergeo Sept. 2001
  • The importance of the institutional context for sound cadastral information management for sustainable land policy, UN/FIG Nairobi Oct. 2001
  • Institutional aspects of 3D cadastres, Technical University Delft Nov. 2001
  • Public and private roles in Land Administration, pres. UN/ECE/WPLA Yerevan Oct. 2001

Prof. Ir. Paul van der Molen
Netherlands Land Registry and Cadastre Agency
PO Box 9046
NL-7300 GH Apeldoorn
Tel. + 31 55 528 5624
Fax + 31 55 355 7362

PO Box 6
NL-7500 AA Enschede (NL)

8 December 2006