Ronald Jansen is part of the senior management team of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York. He is leading the thematic area of measurement of international trade and economic globalization, including tourism statistics, and coordinates the management of the global statistical standards and compilation guidance in these areas. His branch maintains the UN Comtrade database (see http://comtrade.un.org).
He represents UNSD in a number of intergovernmental bodies dealing with a variety of topics, such as integrated global business and trade statistics, the classification of broad economic categories, statistical business registers and tourism statistics. Recently he took responsibility for leading the Division’s work on the use of Big Data for official statistics, which is an emerging field to support the data demands for the monitoring on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
His educational background is in Statistics and Psychology, which he studied at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he graduated in 1984. Thereafter, he taught Statistics and did his own research at the University of Nijmegen obtaining a PhD in mathematical modelling of human information processing in 1990. Ronald joined the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in June 1990 and worked mostly in the field of international trade statistics serving a few years as chief of the capacity development section.