Stefan Nijwening represents Dutch Water Authority Vechtstromen in the Strategic Advisory Board. Dutch Water Authorities are responsible for integrated water management in The Netherlands: providing clean, safe and sufficient water. Through democratic representation as well as all kinds of stakeholder participation, Dutch Water Authorities work closely with famers, business, interest groups, knowledge institutes and other institutions to achieve maximal results at the least possible cost for society.
Stefan Nijwening has a background in public administration, change management and economics & finance. He started his career at IHE Delft as a Project Officer after which he worked as a consultant in water governance, economics & finance. First at Royal HaskoningDHV, then with the RebelGroup. Among others, he was involved in the set-up an development of the Dutch Delta Program and the National Water Policy. But Stefan was also involved in one of the successful proposals in the Rebuild by Design process in New York and the development of the Mekong Delta Plan, a long-term vision to create a more resilient Mekong Delta. In 2016, Stefan Nijwening joined Dutch Water Authority Vechtstromen, acting as a strategic advisor to the Board, among others responsible for developing new, innovative partnerships with knowledge institutes, private companies and other stakeholders to jointly develop, fund and realise solutions that allow cities and regions to adapt effectively to the impact of climate change.
Stefan is particularly interested in and wants to contribute to processes, methods and tools to facilitate co-creation and design in multi-stakeholder settings, including financial engineering and developing innovative (public-private) partnerships for funding resiliency programs.