Michiel Kolman, PhD

Michiel Kolman, PhD

Dr. Michiel Kolman is Senior VP of Information Industry Relations and Academic Ambassador at Elsevier. He is Past President of the International Publishers Association and IPA's Special Envoy for Diversity and Inclusion. He is the executive sponsor of Elsevier Pride and was listed two years in a row in the FT’s Top100 ranking of most influential LGBT senior executives. Michiel is currently co-chair of the Workplace Pride board, supporting LGBTI workplace inclusion. He is also vice-chair of the Accessible Books Consortium, addressing accessibility for the print-disabled, thus supporting inclusive publishing.

Since joining Elsevier in 1995, Michiel has held various core publishing roles in Amsterdam and Tokyo. He launched one of the first online journals in the industry in 1996: New Astronomy. He was Managing Director in Frankfurt, Germany. For 10 years, he spearheaded academic relations for Elsevier, building up a global network of ambassadors engaged in strategic discussions with research leaders.

Prior to Elsevier, he worked for Wolters Kluwer in a division that is now part of Springer Nature. He holds a degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in New York, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship.

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