Herman Wijffels

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Herman Wijffels

H.H.F. "Herman" Wijffels (IJzendijke, 13 March 1942) is a Dutch economist and politician for the CDA. From 1981 to 1999 he worked for the Rabobank ultimately as chairman of the board of directors and from 15 March 1999 until 1 April 2006 he was chairman of the Social-Economic Council (Sociaal-Economische Raad, SER). From 2006 to 2008 he was the Dutch representative at the World Bank, succeeding Ad Melkert. For the 2006-2007 Dutch cabinet formation, Wijffels was recommended by informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra to lead the negotiations between the CDA, PvdA and ChristianUnion. On 22 December 2006 Queen Beatrix appointed him as Hoekstra's successor as informateur. He has been referred to as "the best prime minister the Netherlands never had".[1]

He has been involved in supporting many causes since his retirement from the SER as his biography by Jan Smit illustrates[2]. On leaving the SER, he demonstrated his bridging role by bringing together people from his traditional world and alternative world in a leaving event with Prof Ervin Laszlo, Dr Don Beck and Peter Merry. He repeated this with a major event focused on societal transformation in the Netherlands called Klaar om te Wenden[3] (which translates as the sailing term "Ready About!").


  1. ^ http://www.volkskrant.nl/archief_gratis/article1213347.ece/We_vragen_te_veel_van_planeet_aarde
  2. ^ "Herman Wijffels in een biografie van Jan Smit - Biografieportaal". Biografieportaal (in Dutch). 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  3. ^ "Klaar om te Wenden". Peter Merry. 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2017-11-13.

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