Michael Kolk

Managing Partner

Global Practice Leader, Technology & Innovation Management

Education

Radboud University
PhD Physical Chemistry
University of Amsterdam
M.Sc. Biochemistry

Past Experience

Shell
Workgroup Leader

Michaël is a Partner who joined Arthur D. Little in 2000 and has been based in the Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur offices. He leads our Global Technology & Innovation Management Practice and coordinates as well our Global Chemicals Practice.

His consulting focus finds itself in the areas of Growth and Innovation performance enhancement, primarily in the chemicals, life sciences, and other technology-intensive industries. He is a regular speaker at innovation conferences.

Michaël’s mission in his professional life is to help clients find and capture opportunities for sustainable growth and value creation. Very often this involves the “what” (strategy creation, opportunity scouting, business-case creation, etc.) alongside the “how” (innovation management, organization and process redesign, capability building, change management, etc.).

Before joining Arthur D. Little, Michaël worked for Shell Chemicals as a workgroup leader in its Amsterdam Technology Center, providing technical support to internal customers in downstream oil and chemicals.

Michaël holds an MSc in biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Radboud University. In addition, he has attended the Executive Education program of Insead, France.

Michaël is married and has three young daughters. His other interests are literature, world politics, and popular science. In his spare time, he likes to run (regularly) and travel to the world’s more distant places (occasionally).

Recent Publications

European battery recycling: An emerging cross-industry convergence
DRIVING MARKET OPPORTUNITY While the race to create more and more EV lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery factories in Europe is accelerating, with investments regularly making the headlines, the recycling of EV batteries has yet to generate similar volumes of coverage. This is changing rapidly as three interconnected factors create a need for EV Li-ion battery recycling across Europe.
BUILDING THE BATTERY ECOSYSTEM OF TOMORROW
Combining technology, scale-up capabilities, and capital to power change Realizing the strategic importance of batteries, Western governments are aiming to build their own ecosystems, competing (and collaborating) with Asian leaders. So, what will the battery ecosystem of tomorrow look like? To discuss current and future trends, Arthur D. Little (ADL) brought together representatives of established and emerging players. This Viewpoint provides a high-level summary of the discussion.
The role of green capital in financing a circular plastics economy
Key findings from an ADL executive webinar with corporates and investors

Michaël is a Partner who joined Arthur D. Little in 2000 and has been based in the Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur offices. He leads our Global Technology & Innovation Management Practice and coordinates as well our Global Chemicals Practice.

His consulting focus finds itself in the areas of Growth and Innovation performance enhancement, primarily in the chemicals, life sciences, and other technology-intensive industries. He is a regular speaker at innovation conferences.

Michaël’s mission in his professional life is to help clients find and capture opportunities for sustainable growth and value creation. Very often this involves the “what” (strategy creation, opportunity scouting, business-case creation, etc.) alongside the “how” (innovation management, organization and process redesign, capability building, change management, etc.).

Before joining Arthur D. Little, Michaël worked for Shell Chemicals as a workgroup leader in its Amsterdam Technology Center, providing technical support to internal customers in downstream oil and chemicals.

Michaël holds an MSc in biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Radboud University. In addition, he has attended the Executive Education program of Insead, France.

Michaël is married and has three young daughters. His other interests are literature, world politics, and popular science. In his spare time, he likes to run (regularly) and travel to the world’s more distant places (occasionally).

Recent Publications

European battery recycling: An emerging cross-industry convergence
DRIVING MARKET OPPORTUNITY While the race to create more and more EV lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery factories in Europe is accelerating, with investments regularly making the headlines, the recycling of EV batteries has yet to generate similar volumes of coverage. This is changing rapidly as three interconnected factors create a need for EV Li-ion battery recycling across Europe.
BUILDING THE BATTERY ECOSYSTEM OF TOMORROW
Combining technology, scale-up capabilities, and capital to power change Realizing the strategic importance of batteries, Western governments are aiming to build their own ecosystems, competing (and collaborating) with Asian leaders. So, what will the battery ecosystem of tomorrow look like? To discuss current and future trends, Arthur D. Little (ADL) brought together representatives of established and emerging players. This Viewpoint provides a high-level summary of the discussion.
The role of green capital in financing a circular plastics economy
Key findings from an ADL executive webinar with corporates and investors

More About Michael
  • Radboud University
    PhD Physical Chemistry
  • University of Amsterdam
    M.Sc. Biochemistry
  • Shell
    Workgroup Leader