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Ms Bianca Nijhof

Managing Director, Netherlands Water Partnership


A proven, highly intelligent and successful leader in sustainability and water with an extensive network across business, governmental organisations and NGOs. Bianca is an experienced communicator and natural collaborator with experience working at C suite level and in many cultures. She excels in client and stakeholder facing activities with strong client focus, a passion for making a difference and the expertise to contribute to high value outcomes across sustainability, natural capital, water-energy-food nexus, Sustainable Development Goals, capacity building, programme management and stakeholder engagement.

Since January 2019 Bianca is Managing Director of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). Companies, NGOs, Knowledge Institutes and Government have joined forces in this public-private partnership which acts as the gateway to the Dutch Water Sector. The 200 members of the partnership work together to offer sustainable, multifunctional water solutions for people, planet and profit worldwide. NWP also initiates, coordinates and executes projects for its members and organizes trade missions, exhibitions and conferences.

Previously Bianca worked at Arcadis where she was the global lead for the Arcadis Natural Capital business solution and the founding member of Arcadis NV ‘Global Sustainability Leadership Team’ responsible for the development of strategy and overseeing delivery of a broad range of programs that improve the quality of life. Bianca’s contribution encompassed a wide range of activities including coordination of Arcadis’ WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), WEF (World Economic Forum) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) memberships and supporting business and governmental clients in all aspects of natural and social capital and Sustainable Development Goals realisation. In her role in the Global Sustainability Leadership Team she was an active contributor to the Arcadis global and Dutch Diversity & Inclusion networks.

She is board member of the Amsterdam International Water Week, sits in the Advisory Panel to the Natural Capital Coalition, the Technical Committee of the Social & Human Capital Protocol, the Steering Committee of the INDUS forum (Indo-Dutch CSR & Sustainability Forum), member of the Foundation Board at Workplace Pride Foundation, chair of the Advisory Board for the Araguaia Corridor Cost-Benefit Analysis Study from the Black Jaguar and member of the Sustainability Commission NKBV (Dutch Mountaineering Association).