Dr. Harold van der Heijden (b. 1960) is one of the world's leading experts on endgame studies. He is: chief editor of the famous international magazine EG, board member of the Dutch endgame circle ARVES, FIDE judge for endgame studies, Section Director of the endgame study section of the FIDE Album, author of two books about endgame studies, collector of books with endgame studies and a successful endgame study composer himself.
Professionally, after obtaining a PhD in 2009 (Utrecht University), he became head of the R&D-department of a veterinary laboratory early 2010. He is married and has two sons (21 and 18).