28 November 2022

Dutch Transformation Forum Aan de Maas: ‘What the future leaders need to know for the energy transition?’   

The energy transition is one of the great tasks of this era. Its complexity demands groundbreaking science and innovative education. Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), in collaboration with convergence partner TU Delft and with the support of a large group of companies and social partners, wants to take responsibility for training and teaching the future leaders of the energy transition. This has resulted in new holistic and multidisciplinary educational programs. Technical innovations are a crucial part of the solution, but knowledge of law, finance, geopolitics, economic models, capital markets, behavior and social innovation are also essential. The first executive program will start this fall. In addition to establishing the education program, there is an intention to build a research institute.

What the future leaders need to know for the energy transition?

During this DTF a/d Maas meeting we sharpened the essential role of research and education with an important group of key stakeholders from business, science, and society by sharing vision, knowledge and experience.

Speakers & Contributors

Speakers & contributors amongst others:
Jan Peter Balkenende, Chair Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition – moderator
Annelien Bredenoord, Rector Magnificus EUR
Ed Brinksma, President Executive Board EUR
Sarah Craig, Energy Transition Programme Manager EUR
Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General European Round Table for Industry
Eelco Hoekstra, Member Executive Board SHV Holdings
Marcel van Oosterhout, Associate Executive Director, Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics
David Sanderse, CEO Marsh NL, CEO Mercer NL, Country Lead Marsh McLennan NL
Eric Wiebes, Partner McKinsey

Location: Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen

Key insights of the discussions were:

  • The energy transition is a wicked problem that cannot be solved by one discipline alone;
  • Achieving the necessary energy systems requires real dialogue;
  • For holistic leadership, linking technological and social innovation is a must;
  • Leaders in the energy transition can see their own contribution to a sustainable world as a brick in the construction of a cathedral.

For all our events attendance is by invitation only. The extended report is therefore solely shared with attendees. Would you like to get in touch or are you interested in more information? Please contact Lenne Michiels: lenne.michiels@transformationforums.com.