Cees Brandsen is Managing Director of the Rijkswaterstaat national unit for Water Management, Traffic, and the Environment, and member of the Executive Board of Rijkswaterstaat responsible for knowledge and quality of the infrastructure. Cees Brandsen started in 1980 at an engineering consultancy firm where he held several positions. In 1996 Cees joined Øresondskonsortiet in Copenhagen and was responsible for the project management of the tunnel part of the Øresund Link, the tunnel and bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Later, Cees Brandsen worked at the north-south metro connection in Amsterdam and the new train connection between the Port of Rotterdam and Germany. In 2002, Cees Brandsen became member of the management board of a large construction company in the Netherlands. Cees Brandsen joined Rijkswaterstaat in 2006, first as director of Projects, and from 2008 to 2017 as Managing Director of the national unit Major Projects and Maintenance. In this capacity, he was responsible for the technical expertise, procurement and contract management, and project management of Rijkswaterstaat’s major construction projects. Since 2017, Cees Brandsen is responsible for translating policy decision, knowledge and innovation to the executive tasks of Rijkswaterstaat, and vice versa. In making sure that the executive tasks of Rijkswaterstaat can be done now and in the future in the best way possible, Rijkswaterstaat collaborates closely with knowledge institutes and private parties. Cees Brandsen graduated in Civil Engineering at the HU University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht.
Key Note Presentation: The challenge of responsive infrastructure provision
Key Note Abstract: Infrastructure providers are well aware of the increasing intensity of interaction, interconnection and interdependency between their systems. In major infrastructure hubs, especially cities, they are more and more often competing for space and causing hindrance for residents and users of infrastructure. Coordination and cooperation are needed to reduce costs and hindrance but also to grasp cross sector opportunities for better performance. Infrastructure providers in the Netherlands have taken the initiative to establish a joint knowledge platform for exchange of best practices across infrastructure sectors and joint knowledge development for the future provision of infrastructure, thus creating a basis for the coordination that is missing in the current system. Through this platform they aspire to be more responsive to each other’s needs as well as to create better responsiveness to emerging societal needs.