5 Apr 2017

With the appointment of Eva Klein Schiphorst as Business Unit Director, Royal HaskoningDHV has given its profile on the Public Buildings market a major boost. Eva Klein Schiphorst (53) is taking the step from the Netherlands Central Government Real Estate Agency effective mid-May 2017 and will be responsible for a team of approximately 300 professionals.

Eva Klein Schiphorst | Royal HaskoningDHV  © Arenda Oomen FotografieEva currently is Director Transactions and Projects at the Netherlands Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf) and acting Director General. In 2008, she joined the Netherlands Government Buildings Agency (Rijksgebouwendienst) as Director Property Development, and in 2013 was appointed Managing Director of the Rijksgebouwendienst. From 2004 to 2008, she occupied various policy positions with the Ministry of Transport and Water Management. Prior to this she worked for various organisations, including Leiden University, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and the Ministry of Finance.She will succeed Peter Kelder who decided to pursue his career elsewhere.

Marije Hulshof, Director Business Line Industry & Buildings of which Public Buildings forms part: "Eva's expertise in the area of public buildings will help us provide our clients with even stronger and more relevant solutions. Royal HaskoningDHV is already well-known on the public buildings market, including healthcare, education and railway stations. Far-reaching changes are appearing in rapid succession: sustainability, efficiency and ease of use are of crucial importance in the design, development and management of buildings. In light of our renewed strategy, we are increasingly focused on strengthening our team and on innovation. The arrival of Eva as a key figure in this market is proof of this and a real boost for our company. Her profile as a results-oriented connector who feels perfectly at home in the public arena is a perfect fit with our ambitions."

Eva Klein Schiphorst: "The next step in my career at Royal HaskoningDHV is consistent with my personal vision that knowledge transfer between the public and private sector is tremendously important. The mutual exchange of talent can contribute to a better understanding and better service delivery. This, together with the international scope, and the innovative and sustainable profile of Royal HaskoningDHV mean that I very much look forward to my new challenge."

Royal HaskoningDHV's strategy focuses on further increasing customer satisfaction and commitment among employees. The company wants to continue to be an independent player and realise growth in turnover and profits on the basis of local market dominance in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Indonesia, as well as on the basis of its leading position in several segments of the international market. Key pillars of this strategy are investing in teams and innovation, a strong focus on digital services, and encouraging a culture of innovation, pride and ownership.