Ubbo Hylkema completed his Dutch Law studies in 1963 and continued his studies by obtaining a history diploma in 1973. Moreover, He studied civil engineering at TU Delft and Utrecht University. After finishing his studies in the Netherlands, he moved to London in 1973 to conduct research for NWO. Additionally, Ubbo finalized higher education management courses from the University of Maryland and the University of California at Berkeley in 1988.
Ubbo started his career within Christian Gymnasium Utrecht as a history and state structure teacher. Hereafter, he moved on to Amsterdam Academy of Architecture as a Program Director and worked in the same institution until 1987.
In 1987, Ubbo was appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Amsterdam School of Arts. Hereafter, he served the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) in Brussels as an Executive Director. Alongside his position in Brussels, at the same time, he worked as a Director of Dutch National Heritage Agency between 1991 and 1993.
In the second part of his career, Ubbo continued as an independent consultant in the areas of architecture, restoration, and heritage protection and management. In 1994, he founded Hylkema Consultants B.V. in Utrecht and continued working in the same company as a General Director until 2013.
Through his career, Ubbo has conducted many critical restoration projects and taken active roles in different cultural and educational organizations. With his broad experience in various industries and extensive network, he was a very valuable Member of the Advisory Board of Lakeside Capital Partners.