Tjeerd de Groot studied Public Administration and Environmental Studies in Leiden and Leuven. He is specialized in European Law. He wrote his doctorate thesis on EU Council negotiations on reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.
Tjeerd de Groot has worked for fifteen years at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, a.o. as Political Advisor to the Minister, Agricultural Counsellor in Berlin and dep. Director International Affairs. Tjeerd de Groot has been managing director of the Dutch Dairy Association since 2010.
Tjeerd de Groot is especially interested in political agenda setting, sustainability themes and change management.