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Melanie Schultz van Haegen

Minister of Infrastructure and Environment
The Netherlands

After graduating Melanie Schultz van Haegen worked as a consultant with the B&A (Policy Research and Advice) group in The Hague, and was an inspector for the Inspectorate of the Budget in the Ministry of Finance until 1999.

From 1999 to 2002, Ms Schultz van Haegen was a member of the municipal executive of Leiden, with responsibility for economic affairs.

On 22 July 2002, she was appointed State Secretary for Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the first Balkenende government, and also held this office in the second and third Balkenende governments. She was responsible for aviation and water management and, from May 2003, for railways. From 30 January to 27 May 2003 she was a member of the House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).

From April 2007 to October 2010, Ms Schultz van Haegen worked for Achmea Zorg healthcare insurers where she was the director responsible for contracts with care providers.

On 14 October 2010 Ms Schultz van Haegen was appointed Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Rutte-Verhagen government.

On 5 November 2012 she was appointed Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Party political positions and outside activities

From 1991 to 1994 Ms Schultz van Haegen was an assistant to the members of the VVD serving on Leiden municipal council. From 1994 to 2002 she was herself a member of Leiden municipal council, leading the VVD group for a few months in 1999.

The positions Ms Schultz van Haegen has held include:

  • Member of the supervisory board of Ballast Nedam
  • Member of the board of Life Sciences Incubator Leiden
  • Chair of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
  • Member of the supervisory board of the World Population Foundation