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Rob Hagens

Director, SEDHA Holding


Director of SEDHA Holding

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Master in Planning. Radboud University Nijmegen.
Worked always in the field of Housing and City Developlment on several functions at several places
– Teacher at the University of Rotterdam
– Policy advisor City Renewal projects city of Rotterdam
– Director Housing Association Dordrecht Woondrecht
– Advisor Metropolitan Institute Budapest.
– Treasurer Europan Netherlands ( European contests for young architects )
– Startup Leerparks in France
– Implementation Vivalib France in the Netherlands
– Working on innovating projects in Rotterdam to make young p[people work in the port of Rotterdam.
Winner of the City renewal Award 1997 Netherlands
Soul mate winner Award Director of Housing Associations of the Netherlands 2005

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Developing new vocational school systems in campus like area’s ( Leerparks) in which with respect for the lifestyle of young people and the needs for sustainable economic production by “green” companies, more young people appreciate to go to school ( less drop outs).
On the other hand the green new economy get motivated employees they need . This is related to a demographic trend of an aging population in Europe and a shortage of young people especially in the field of technics.
This work is especially concentrating on involving and including young people with multiple problems in depreciated area’s

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

The Netherlands and France

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

More motivated and well educated young people.
Less dropouts
Less problems in deprived area’s by concentrating on positive vocational education formula’s
More interest in green politics related to solving economical items of poorness and exhaustion of earth raw materials etc
Look at :
Global circles of exchange around the values of the essence of Article 2 Manifest of the United Nations. A new economy should be a global connected economy also by its participants.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

A respectful investment in the development of vocational talents of young people related to a positive sustainable economic system will make them do the same for the generations coming after them.