B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development:
Since 1991, I work with cities on strategy development, innovation and sustainability: - creation of the Rotterdam Sustainability Center (RDC), sustainability platform for cities and citizens - director of the institute for applied research knowledge center ‘Sustainable City & Port’ (18 professors) focus on integrated and sustainable urban development (a.o. energy neutral suburbs, circular buildings, mobility) https://www.hogeschoolrotterdam.nl/onderzoek/kenniscentra/duurzame-havenstad/home/ - development of public-private partnerships for urban sustainability, such as creating and managing the first electronics recycling company in NL (DWZ), defining circular business models for difficult waste streams, business models for a plastic composites recycling plant - creation of the Global Center of Excellence of Climate Adaptation (https://gca.org/home), engaging 47 international organisations (a.o. NGOs, banks, states, ministries), incl. several city networks. - secretarial support Pieken Delta Zuidvleugel - regional stimulation programme on urban sustainability - development of learning environments, e.g. Concept House Village, pilots for sustainable housing, living and monitoring (http://www.concepthousevillage.nl) - pilots for electric buses to test social resilience and demonstrate last-mile logistical solutions - development/management of European collaborative projects (H2020, Interreg NWE/NSR) on resilience, liveability and climate adaptation in cities.
1: The applicant demonstrates understanding of number of sustainable urban development aspects (e.g. involved in the establishment of RDC, GCA; former Director of the institute for applied research knowledge center "Sustainable City and Port.")
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level:
- I developed a network of European port authorities on environmental management between 1992-2005. This network was initiated by the port and city of Rotterdam. The network is still alive and active and extended to >200 organizations world-wide. https://www.ecoports.com/assets/files/common/brochures/The_Story_of_EcoPorts-v8-with_pictures.pdf - The tools and instruments for knowledge sharing, training & education and certification, that I developed in the 1990s, were endorsed by the World Bank. - In my role as developer and director of the Rotterdam university of applied sciences research center, I developed and applied several methods for knowledge sharing between researchers, education institutes and practitioners. I also created peer-to-peer learning approaches for professors of applied sciences. https://www.rdmrotterdam.nl - As manager research and innovation at the Port Authority of Rotterdam, I gathered professors (BE,NL) into one center of expertise: SmartPort, where we created a research and learning program. http://smart-port.nl - Furthermore, I educated students (BSc, MSc), and professionals for 10 years in sustainable urban and industrial development. This included university classes, developing business cases and introducing innovative ways of education into NL with business case competitions. The latter is now implemented in at the business curriculum and named after me: KEESSIE - I defined assignments in urban development and sustainable port development.
1: The applicant demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level. He was involved in the development of Ecoports environmental management network as well as the development of Smart-port research and learning programme.
B.3. Proficiency in English:
I am an effective communicator in English, both written and spoken. During my career the standard language of most of the projects was English. After an interval of 6 years at the Rotterdam university of Applied Science, the past two years most of my projects are in English again, in the position of the director of an international consultancy company with offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Spain. My excellent writing skills are proven from the over 25 professional publications (mainly for individual organizations, therefore not possible to share here) and about 10 successful European project proposals and giving lectures at several universities. I am experienced in facilitating and chairing of and presenting at international conferences, round tables, working groups and project meetings. An example online: https://issuu.com/wmijnhardt/docs/test
1: The applicant is fluent in English, which was confirmed by the phone call with him.
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers:
A key quality of me is overseeing loads of information, identifying the core elements, drafting visual summaries and presenting complex matters in a simple, yet professional, way. In all my projects I take a role in analyzing inputs and creating graphs, diagrams, flow charts and infographics. I enjoy to take an audience by the hand and explain difficult topics. As consultant working on the intersection of new business opportunities, new technologies and sustainability, I experience every day the challenge to simplify lots of details. Some examples can be found in these publications: https://issuu.com/wmijnhardt/docs/test https://www.ecoports.com/assets/files/common/brochures/The_Story_of_EcoPorts-v8-with_pictures.pdf https://www.rdmcoe.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Techniekvisie-Hogeschool-Rotterdam.pdf
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to communicate complex concepts (e.g. Innovation strategy of the Port of Rotterdam Authority; The Story of EcoPorts).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants:
Over the years I have guided groups of stakeholders to come to common points of view, a joint vision and ambition, concrete strategies and workplans, winning project proposals, detailed project activities schemes and finally broadly accepted results. I have the skills to translate the individual needs, wishes, dreams and perceived bottle necks into a widely carried document. On top of that, I am frequently asked to guide teams in such processes, because of my unbiased position, outside-in thinking and creativity. Looking from a different stand point helps teams and groups to define what the really want and need. Examples: https://www.hogeschoolrotterdam.nl/globalassets/documenten/hogeschool/over-ons/strategische-agenda.pdf https://www.bom.nl/uploads/content/file/Smart%20Data%20Brabant_1535968671.pdf
1: The applicant gave examples of outputs produced to support exchange of experiences/knowledge at transnational level (e.g. Onze Agenda; Smart Data Brabant).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away:
Over the past two decades I have been working with partnerships and teams in teaching/training/coaching settings. One of my qualities is analytical strength. I can oversee rather quickly complex situations or discussions and know to summarize the essence. This counts also for teaching/training/coaching sessions, where I can quickly assess the learning needs of an individual and the necessary steps to pick up know-how and knowledge. Examples: https://docplayer.nl/984750-Jaarplan-2014-kenniscentra-rdm-sustainable-solutions-mainport-innovation.html http://www.we-at-sea.org
?: The extent to which the given examples are the result of transnational exchange is unclear (e.g. Annual plan 2014 Knowledge centers RDM Sustainable Solutions Mainport Innovation Hogeschool Rotterdam; We@Sea).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages:
I enjoy writing reports. Doing this in a way that is comparable to a music composer: I want to have the right words on the right place. A proper structure and a clear set-up of a text are important to me. I do not want to use too many words, to make sure the reader catches the point I want to make. My motto: less is more. This is reflected is shorter memo’s and reports, with a lot of visuals and very comprehensive texts. In 2018 I have been asked to define and write the Smart Data program of the Province of Brabant. I had to incorporate specialist information, policy ambitions and concrete actions. The over-all story-line has been developed and elaborated by me. In parallel the engagement of stakeholders needed to be improved. The interaction between appealing text and involving partner has been managed by me. In 2003 I have been asked to develop an application for a Dutch subsidy program. The topic was putting the Dutch offshore wind energy industry back on the international playing field. In six weeks time I managed to create a comprehensive and convincing project proposal, with a consortium of 45 partners and a budget of 65 mln euro. The proposal was ranked third out of 100 and was funded. Examples: https://docplayer.nl/983517-Strategisch-plan-kenniscentrum-mainport-innovation-2012-2016.html http://www.bestehavenidee.nl https://issuu.com/wmijnhardt/docs/test
1: The applicant gave two valid examples of documents incorporating good practices/policy messages (e.g. Smart Data program; Dutch subsidy program application).
The applicant is not validated for C due to C1 (he meets 0 out of 3 criteria). With 25+ years of experience in working with a large number of European organisations (municipalities, port authorities, businesses, knowledge institutes, NGOs, etc.), European projects and European cities, I bring experience, expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit. URBACT cities can benefit from my dedication to create appealing strategies, concrete innovation programs, visual communication and enthusiasm to work in networks and on sustainable development. I bring expertise in transnational cooperation, aimed at developing common instruments, methods and tools to share know-how and knowledge, organizing and guiding learning sessions and creating attractively written and designed outputs. URBACT will give me the opportunity to broaden my scope of work, extend my network of cities and – most important – create more impact.
Theme / Policy:
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.:
Thematic knowledge: - Integrated and sustainable development of Delta cities - Recycling and Circular business opportunities - Environmental management in ports - Regional economic development by Datafication (creating value from big data) Managerial knowledge: - Future scans - Assess opportunities for cities, regions, countries, businesses, NGO’s - Define polcies and strategies - Turning strategy into concrete programs - Creation of R&D-projects and consortia - Managing collaborative multi-stakeholder projects - Defining business case and being interim manager for a new activity Skills - Analysis of much information - Make complex issues easy understandable - Visualisation of partnerships, goals and targets, processes, bottlenecks and opportunities - Create learning material - Teaching (young) professionals
1: The applicant demonstrates background related to Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy. He was involved in the development of R/D projects and number of topic relevant issues on recycling, circular economy, datafication and environment.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved:
I have created several inputs for learning processes: - As consultant o Self Diagnosis Method (ECOPORTS), extract learnings from data analysis as input for teaching material (a.o. University of Cardiff, University of Amsterdam, TU Gdansk, UPC Barcelona) o Port Environmental Review System PERS (ECOPORTS); extract learning from statistics o Coaching Master students; give input to / reflect on their thesis (TU Delft, Erasmus University) - As manager R&D o Coaching PhD-students; give input to / reflect on their thesis (TU Delft, Erasmus University, Wageningen university, Nijenrode University, Antwerp university) o Coaching Master students; give input to / reflect on their thesis (TU Delft, Erasmus University, Wageningen university, Nijenrode University, Antwerp university) o Developing assignments for Minor students (TU Delft, Erasmus University) o Developing assignments for in-house training (Port of Rotterdam) - As director research institute o Giving input on learning materials of professors (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) o Developing guidelines for teachers in technical studies, based on research findings of professors (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) o Defining new curricula for technical studies (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) https://www.rdmrotterdam.nl/nieuws/toekomstbestendige-haven-en-hogeschool/
0: The applicant gave partially relevant examples, related predominantly to academia, lacking transnational focus (e.g. input on learning materials for professors, students, teachers).
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice:
Over the years I have produced several comprehensive documents to summarize findings of learning experiences in R&D-projects and other research activities. I have been working for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs to assess the performance of specific R&D support schemes. The findings and learning were translated to improve the R&D support instruments. Examples: http://smart-port.nl https://www.leiden-delft-erasmus.nl/nl/centres/centre-for-metropolis-and-mainport https://www.hogeschoolrotterdam.nl/onderzoek/projecten-en-publicaties/business-innovation/afgeronde-projecten/keessie/ https://www.rotterdamuas.com/programmes/exchange/international-management-and-consultancy/
1: The applicant was involved in the input development for city practitioners/ policy-makers( e.g. R&D assessor for the Dutch Ministry of Economy; involved in the development of Smart Port platform).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes:
Our professional slogan of the company is: ‘value from science and technology’. This means that I focus my work on maximizing the use of R&D to create value. This can be for policy development, business development or awareness raising. Especially in the context of ECOPORTS I have drafted several papers to communicate the lessons learnt to the European Commission. This has led to cancelling of policy development activities, because we demonstrated that the industry sector was working on self-regulation, based on peer-to-peer learning. The tools and instruments for knowledge sharing, training & education and certification, that I have developed in the 1990s, have recently been endorsed by the World Bank. https://www.portstrategy.com/news101/environment/green,-greener,-greenest https://www.espo.be/news/espo-presents-its-sustainable-agenda-at-the-2017-g https://www.ecoports.com/assets/files/common/brochures/The_Story_of_EcoPorts-v8-with_pictures.pdf
1: The applicant demonstrates experience in output production for capitalization purposes (e.g. developed lessons learnt communication papers such as Ecoports).
Summary Thematic expertise:
I have been working for 16 years as innovation management consultant, 7 years as manager research & innovation at a semi-public organization and 6 years as research director and strategist at a university of applied sciences. This experience has brought me all over Europe, initiating collaborative research and demonstration projects and setting up several networks of cities, industries and other stakeholders. My knowledge lies in the fields of sustainable development in cities, climate adaptation, circular economy, industry & environment and energy transition. Partners and co-workers valued my approach in leading R&D consortia and multi-stakeholder projects, and during my role as director (leading 75 employees) as personal, empathic, professional, clear and genuinely involved. Deep knowledge in the field of sustainable development. Expertise is creating strategies, programs and R&D projects, leading to on-the-ground practical experiments and implementation. Experienced in creating learning material, coaching students and professionals. Enjoying to extract findings from research and bring that to education.
The applicant is validated for D for the thematic area of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy. He met 3 out of 4 criteria.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices :
Understanding local governance is critical to deliver impact in cities. During my professional career I have consulted and/or trained >50 municipal governments in NL, BE, ES, UK, DE, FR, SE, IT, GR. I am experienced in stimulating collaboration between local government departments and agencies. Example 1: in 2018 the implementation of a provincial policy on digitalisation. My role: first I created the framework for a stimulation program. I involved a group of about 10 key stakeholders (branche organisations, Regional Development Agency, 3 universities, a business association and experts). In co-production, we jointly developed a multi annual action program. I needed to manage different expectations and mediate between competing partners Secondly: co-creation of a business plan and having all stakeholders contributing in kind and in cash; aligning positions. Being the 'middle man', I managed to come to a widely accepted outcome. Thirdly: I was asked to manage start the creation of a portfolio of projects. In this way the local policy was implemented in a participatory way. Tools used: interview rounds of which the results were transferred into a clear outline of the plan in powerpoint, regular bi-lateral meetings and groups sessions, workshop/brainstorm sessions to align expectations and goals, co-development of the business case, by sharing the excel-tables online, use of online survey-tool (SurveyMonkey) to reach and involve over 300 stakeholders.
?: Although the applicant is currently involved in the "translation" of several provincial policies on datafication, circular economy and digitization, he does not describe the methods and tools he has used.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies:
Being actively at work with municipalities and provinces, but also several regional development agencies across Europe, I know how to design, deliver, monitor and evaluate urban strategies and policies. Example 1: mid 1990s I have ste up the Rotterdam Sustainability Center (RDC), an informal platform for active civil servants, researchers, entrepreneurs, citizens, etc. My role: starting off with defining the goals of the platform. In two workshops with a core group of 7 persons, I guided towards clear ambitions for creating 'buzz' in the city of Rotterdam, on the topic integrated and sustainable development. Secondly I supported the organisation of monthly evening gatherings, involving many stakeholders and some experts. The progress of the success was monitored by assessing the spin-off projects. E.g. the city developed a dedicated program on sustainability and the port authority teamed up with the universities (SmartPort). Example 2: I have been secretary to the program Pieken Delta Zuidvleugel - a regional stimulation program on urban sustainability. I managed to turn this from an ad hoc funding mechanism into just supporting projects that actually implemented local policy on sustainable development. Tools used: creating an integral overview of goals of the program and goals of submitted projects (excel), monitoring the progress of projects and the usability of their results by bi-monthly meetings and pro-active project development.
0: Although the applicant was involved in the development of a sustainability platform and regional urban sustainability programme, he did not indicate the monitoring tools that were used.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level:
Because of my profession as innovation management consultant in a European context, I am up-to-date concerning EU and national programs. Currently our office runs more than 10 EU-projects, related to urban development. In fields like circular economy (CIRCLED), climate adaptation (BEGIN), digitalization (SCORE, SCIFI, DHUB, Digital Hubs), liveability (Liveable Cities), energy transition (several ELENA projects). An example of national funding are two successful tenders from Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Dutch Government for the Global Centre of Excellence on Adaptation and recently a project for WHO and UN on water management. Besides 'learning on the job', I am an active user of social media, which gives me a wealth of information on the latest trends and developments.
1: The applicant demonstrates awareness of main policies/funding schemes for sustainable urban development through his consultancy work.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities:
Having worked in over 25 cities across Europe developed my senses and professional judgement of local specifies. I understand how to serve a German client differently than a French client. I have organized training sessions in NL, DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, SE and tailored these sessions to the local needs, habits and – sometimes – language. Examples: - circular project in the province of Gelderland - datafication program province of Brabant, city of Den Bosch, city of Tilburg - SCORE Interreg NSR, city of Dordrecht - many projects for the municipality of Rotterdam: sustainability, medical technology, next economy, clean tech, etc. - cities of Almere and Zwolle concerning recycling organic material - city of Goes: set up recycling plant for electronics recycling - city of Geel and Turnhout: SME innovation support - city of Groningen: feasibility study for a cancer treatment center
1: The applicant demonstrates ability to understand specific local situations and adapt content to local realities.
The applicant is not validated for E. He met 2 out of 4 criteria. Having worked in over 25 cities across Europe developed my senses and professional judgement of local specifies. I understand how to serve a German client differently than a French client. I have organized training sessions in NL, DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, SE and tailored these sessions to the local needs, habits and – sometimes – language. I provide expertise and skills in URBACT: analysis of societal trends and technological developments, creation of scenario’s, definition of policies and strategies, baseline studies, development of collaborative projects, initiating, guiding and extending networks, leading to defining business cases and coaching new activities. Examples: - development and start of the Global Center of Excellence of Climate Adaptation (https://gca.org/home), engaging 47 international organisations (a.o. NGOs, banks, states, ministries), incl. several city networks. - I developed a network of European port authorities on environmental management between 1992-2005. This network was initiated by the port and city of Rotterdam. The network is still alive and active and extended to >200 organizations world-wide.