Siebe Riedstra was appointed Secretary-General for Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Netherlands in December 2009. In October 2010, he became Secretary-General of the newly-formed Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
Mr. Riedstra began his career in the civil service in 1986 as a policy adviser at the Ministry of Education and Science; later becoming Deputy Director of the Minister’s office. In 1993 he joined the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, where he played a key role in the restructuring of the Dutch public transport sector. In 1999, he was promoted to Director and, up to 2002, was responsible for making the freight transport sector sustainable through logistic efficiency and the introduction of strict requirements for vehicles.