Jaap Kras is a retired Dutch attorney and one of the world's foremost horticultural experts. He has presented lectures, seminars and exhibitions in many countries, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, PR China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Israel, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, USA, Vanuatu.
He joins HLG Global as an international consultant and retired attorney for the emerging cannabis industry, both industrial hemp and regulated marijuana sales, across the European Union.
1962 – 1975: High school and horticulture education
1969 – 1971: Military service
1975 - 1980: Laws, University of Amsterdam
1977: Bachelors (“kandidaatsdiploma)
1980: Masters (doctoral diploma)
1985 – 1988: Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Nijenrode (substantial part at Kellog Business School, Evanston USA)
Several post-university studies and courses
1962 – 1975: Part and full-time working on vegetable and flower nurseries in Roelofarendsveen and Aalsmeer
1975 – 1980: Teacher SVH
1980 – 1985: Lawyer, law department Association of Flower Auctions in the Netherlands
1985 – 1991: CEO Association of Flower Auctions Netherlands
1991 – Present: Owner/founder of the Consultancy Group Hortimarc BV
1994 – 2001: Chairman of the working group for 100+ flower wholesalers in Holland
2001 – 2003: Chairman of the Board Springflower Holding BV
2003 - 2012: Member of the Board of Diotima
1995 - 2012: Chairman of the Board Jac. Van Dillewijn BV Aalsmeer wholesale supplier flower industry
1993 - Present: Member of the Board H.P. van Nieuwkerk BV; flower wholesaler Rijnsburg,
2001 - 2010: Member of the Board of SBW, tissue culture laboratory Roelofarendsveen, Macedonia, Brazil, Ghana
1997 - 2016: Advisor of Registered Accountancy Association, Driebergen & Driebergen Rijnsburg
1998 - 2014: Member of the Board of Hazera Holdings, International BV, the Netherlands, Dutch holding of Israeli breeder of vegetables, flowers and cotton.
2007 - 2015: Publisher FloraCulture International trade magazine
2014 - 2018: Member Advisory board Pension fund BPL