Ingwer de Boer is currently General Director for the Programme Directorate Room for the River of Rijkswaterstaat (the executive branch of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management). He is also Chairman of the Steering Group of the INTERREG IV B project ALFA. Ingwer de Boer has more than 30 years experience within Rijkswaterstaat, in the areas of national and international water management, inland shipping and road management. His positions have included that of General Director of the Regional Directorate of Utrecht, and Department Head at Rijkswaterstaat’s Headquarters. His interests have manifested in additional positions in the Board of Directors for Utrecht’s Cultural Heritage Trust and the Supervisory Board of the Foundation for Utrecht’s Landscape. Ingwer de Boer is an Agricultural Engineer from the University of Wageningen.
Liesbeth van Riet Paap is the Stakeholder Manager and a member of the Board of Directors of the Dutch government program Room for the River. The Programme Room for the River is active on both national and international fronts. Room for the River is a demonstration of integrated water management. The organisation of the programme is one of a multilevel governance approach: local and regional governments have design making authority and the national government monitors progress and facilitates where necessary. Liesbeth is responsible for the process coordination and knowledge exchange between politicians, civil servants, project teams and public works of the Room for the River program. She is also continually promoting the integration of science research and water management policy in the Room for the River program. At European Union level, Room for the River is Lead Partner for two large projects of the European Union: Adaptive Land use for Flood Alleviation (ALFA) and FloodResilienCity (FRC). Liesbeth is the project manager for both projects and is responsible for the knowledge exchange between the Program Room for the River, Rijkswaterstaat, and European Projects. Liesbeth van Riet Paap has worked for Rijkswaterstaat for 17 years. She acquired her Masters in Political History of the Modern Times and Organisational Administration from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
Ingrid Klokke is program manager of the control department at Rijkswaterstaat Room for the River. As such she is responsible for the budget and schedule of the 39 projects that form the Room for the River Program. Within this position she has developed the procurement strategy for the tendering procedure of the 39 projects and is responsible for the risk management of the program. Her main interest is procurement in infrastructural projects. This includes developing a procurement strategy which balances price, quality and risk assessment and also developing a system for the management of budget and schedule for a large infrastructural programme as Room for the River, in all its phases (planning, design and execution). Ingrid Klokke has been with Rijkswaterstaat for 4 years. Previously she has worked for Twijnstra Gudde management consultancy and for several medium-sized companies. She has also contributed to developing best practices and rules for procurement policy for small and medium sized companies. Ingrid Klokke has studied law at the universities of Groningen and Amsterdam and has specialized in procurement law.
Rick Kuggeleijn is senior adviser in hydraulics and morphology at the Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) program Room for the River. His main field of interest is the interface between theory (policy making and infrastructure planning) and practice (construction and maintenance of infrastructure). He has a long experience in working out cooperation strategies between different government levels for the development and maintenance of the main rivers (by-passes, constructions, river banks). In his current position he provides the technical foundation for policy-making and strategic studies on river management. As such he is the final person responsible for overseeing that the Room for the River program reaches the safety goals as set down by Parliament. Rick Kuggeleijn is also in charge of a RWS program aimed at developing and implementing the maintenance standards for flood safety regarding the vegetation along the national riverbanks (project budget 75 million euro). Rick has more than 20 Years of experience in strategy and policy development on hydraulic modeling and engineering, river and levee studies. He has been with the Room for the River program from the start, including the policy decision phase. Rick Kuggeleijn has a major in Geography at the University of Utrecht.
Hans Pietersen is a senior advisor at the International Affairs unit of the RWS Centre for Water management where he coordinates the RWS “risks and opportunities” programme on European policy initiatives, the cooperation with neighbouring countries (DE, BE, FR, UK) and (since 2011) the USA. He is strategic advisor on the RWS international policy to the RWS board of Directors. Between 2007-2009 he was seconded expert at DG-ENTR at the European Commission in Brussels. Prior to 2007 he was a RWS program leader dealing with issues on raw materials, dredging sludges and polluted soil. Between 1991-1998 he was employed at a private consultancy dealing with building materials and the environment. From 1992-2007 he was a (part-time) researcher/lecturer at Delft University of Technology (building materials and the environment). Hans studied geochemistry at Utrecht University and holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology, faculty of Civil Engineering and Geotechnology on Materials Engineering.