Pieter Winsemius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pieter Winsemius

Pieter Winsemius, professor emeritus (born 7 March 1942 in Voorburg) is a Dutch scientist on Sustainable Development. As a politician for the VVD, he has been Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment during two periods.

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 (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 daily magazine Trouw and broadcasting group LLink.


  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]

Political offices
Preceded by
Erwin Nypels
Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
Succeeded by
Ed Nijpels
Preceded by
Sybilla Dekker
Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment
Succeeded by
Jacqueline Cramer