Today, I am pleased to announce that I have graduated from the Delft University of Technology. My Masters thesis was on strategic planning, focusing on the role of (semi)public development authorities in realising strategic projects. I investigated the way public authorities can translate a vision into outcomes through adaptive leadership. I enclose the abstract of my study to this email.

What inspired, motivates and sometimes frightens me is the enormous challenge of my generation in urbanizing over 1.3 billion people in the next 40 years. I strongly believe in the power of strategic planning as an economic engine, and as a means to empower society. The global financial crisis has amplified the need for collaboration; aligning public interests and involving market and civic stakeholders at an early stage. Specialised knowledge (and academia) has a lot to offer in the complex practice of urban development, particularly in matching local conditions such as politics, economics, culture, legal frameworks and environment.