Professor Pieter Winsemius holds a chair in the Management of Sustainable Development. The chair was installed in 1999 by the Sustainability Challenge Foundation.
Pieter Winsemius studied physics at Leiden University. After receiving his Ph.D. he obtained an MBA-degree from Stanford University. In 1975 he joined McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam where he was elected as a partner in 1980.
In 1982 he was appointed Minister of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment in the Dutch Cabinet chaired by Ruud Lubbers. From 1986 until 2002 Pieter Winsemius returned to McKinsey where he specialized in the strategic and organizational development of major corporations with an emphasis on the environment.
In January 2003 he joined the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, the long-term think tank of the Dutch government. From 2005 until 2008 he also chaired the Social Platform Rotterdam, an advisory body on the social development of underprivileged neighborhoods installed by the City of Rotterdam.
In 1992 Pieter Winsemius received an honorary doctorate from Delft University for his contributions to environmental policy development. He is the author of a number of books in the field, a.o. “A Thousand Shades of Green” (on environmental management in large corporations), and teaches on the subject at Tilburg University.
On behalf of the Sustainable Challenge Foundation (SCF), he is Professor in the Management of Sustainable Development at Tilburg University.
In 2009, the leading Dutch newspaper Trouw published a list of the Durable 100. Pieter Winsemius was named the most sustainable person in the Netherlands.