Pieter Winsemius

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Pieter Winsemius
Pieter Winsemius (2014).jpg
Pieter Winsemius in 2014
Member of the Scientific
Council for Government Policy
In office
22 February 2007 – 21 November 2012
Director
In office
1 January 2003 – 26 September 2006
Director
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment
In office
26 September 2006 – 22 February 2007
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byKarla Peijs (Ad interim)
Succeeded byJacqueline Cramer
In office
4 November 1982 – 14 July 1986
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byErwin Nypels
as Minister of Housing
and Spatial Planning
Succeeded byEd Nijpels
Personal details
Born
Pieter Winsemius

(1942-03-07) 7 March 1942 (age 77)
Voorburg, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1982)
Children3 children
FatherAlbert Winsemius (1910–1996)
ResidenceTilburg, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Science)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Physicist · Researcher · Businessman · Management consultant · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Academic administrator · Activist · Lobbyist · Author · Professor

Pieter Winsemius (born 7 March 1942) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman.

Winsemius worked as a researcher at the Leiden University from February 1966 until October 1970 and as a management consultant at the McKinsey & Company from October 1970 until November 1982. After the election of 1982 Winsemius was appointed as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the Cabinet Lubbers I, taking office on 4 November 1982. After the election of 1986 Winsemius was not giving a ministerial post in the new cabinet. The Cabinet Lubbers I was replaced by the Cabinet Lubbers II on 14 July 1986.

Winsemius semi-retired from active politics and returned to the private sector and the public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several board of directors and supervisory boards (World Wide Fund for Nature, Vereniging Natuurmonumenten, Stichting Max Havelaar, European Centre for Nature Conservation, Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP and the Energy Research Centre) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Organisation for Scientific Research, National Insurance Bank, Staatsbosbeheer, Meteorological Institute and the Scientific Council for Government Policy). Winsemius also returned as a senior management consultant of the McKinsey & Company from August 1986 until October 1992 and served as a distinguished professor of Environmental management at the Tilburg University from 1 October 1999 until 1 September 2012. Winsemius was appointed again as Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the caretaker Cabinet Balkenende III following the resignation of Sybilla Dekker, taking office on 26 September 2006. The Cabinet Balkenende III was replaced by the Cabinet Balkenende IV on 22 February 2007.

Following the end of his active political career, Winsemius again returned to the private sector and the public sector and resumed his previous positions (Vereniging Natuurmonumenten, Energy Research Centre, Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP and the Scientific Council for Government Policy) and as an advocate, lobbyist and activist for Conservation, Environmentalism, Sustainable development and Climate change issues.

Political career[edit]

Winsemius is the son of economist Albert Winsemius. Trained as a physics scientist, and active as partner in the business consultancy firm McKinsey, he was Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) in the First Lubbers cabinet, on behalf of the VVD. As a young minister, he brought environmental laws to effect, including the rules for environmental impact assessments. After his ministerial period, he became chairman of the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten.

On 22 September 2006, he again became minister of VROM, temporarily succeeding Sybilla Dekker during the Third Balkenende cabinet, until a completely new government had been formed on 22 February 2007 and he was succeeded by Jacqueline Cramer. Since 2003 until 21 November 2012, he has been member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy, for which he was awarded the grade of Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau upon his retirement.[1]

Winsemius has written books about management and social issues, including Speel nooit een uitwedstrijd (lit. 'never play away games') (1988), in which he compared managing to professional soccer. During the 1980s, Winsemius was co-host of the television show Aktua in bedrijf.

Academic career[edit]

Since October 1999, Winsemius holds a professorate for Management of Sustainable Development, at the Tilburg University. On 7 March 2007, he was elected as most influential sustainable Dutchman in the De Duurzame 100 investigation by the newspaper Trouw and broadcasting group LLink.

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of the Dutch Lion - Knight BAR.png Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 26 August 1986
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 21 November 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pieter Winsemius Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau". Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (WRR). 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2012-11-21.

External links[edit]

Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Erwin Nypels
as Minister of Housing
and Spatial Planning
Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment

1982–1986
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Ed Nijpels
Preceded by
Karla Peijs
Ad interim
Succeeded by
Jacqueline Cramer
Civic offices
Preceded by
Hans Wiegel
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Advisory Council for
Spatial Planning

1991–2003
Succeeded by
Unknown
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Theo Quené
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of
Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

1988–1998
Succeeded by
Herman Wijffels