PPP-University
Supporting the SDG's

Jan van Schoonhoven

Senior Advisor on PPP and Innovative Financing 


I'm  Senior Advisor on PPP and Innovative Financing for the Netherlands Government. His main role is to develop investment ready projects supported by the Netherlands government in economies in transition. I di work for the Intergovernmental Water Centre in The Hague, a center supported by the Ministries of Infrastructure, Foreign and Economic affairs

From 2012-2015 I was seconded to the United Nations in Genève as Executive Director of the International PPP Centre of Excellence of the United Nations. This center was established by the 56 member countries of UNECE to assist governments in developing a successful PPP pipeline by using best practices and implementing PPP standards. 

I also supported the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals and the partnership with the private sector with a number of UN organizations, like the UNCTAD, and WHO and furthermore at the WTO.

Before the UN, I was director of the Netherlands PPP Unit and transformed the PPP environment of the Netherlands form 2 projects (2006) to 20 projects and almost 20 Billion Euro’s in 2012. High-speed Rail, the second largest Locks in the World and the second Port of Rotterdam are international know projects. 

Working for the World Bank on Procurement and PPP and supports the development on PPP of Ghana. He is independent director at the PPP Centre in Kazakhstan and member of the Infrastructure Think Tank of the G20. I'm proud have contributed to the establishment of a PPP center on Aruba. 

Born in 1963 I started started my career as Officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1982. I did a large number of tours around the world, including UN missions. In 1999 I joined the Ministry of Infrastructure and started as Director of the Coastal Defense and Flooding Organization. Living in the Hague, married and three daughters.