Henk W Ovink serves as the Director for National Spatial Planning and of Research, Design and Strategy at the Dutch Ministry of Environment (VROM). In his position as director, Mr. Ovink is responsible for all aspects of the spatial planning process including strategy, design and research & development. As advisor to the Minister of VROM, Mr. Ovink directly consults on the long term strategy and policy for the Randstad (Randstad2040), the new Architecture Policy (a culture of Design), the new Planning Act (Wro) and the Research & Development Agenda. In addition, he advises two chairs at the University of Utrecht on planning issues, as well as on design & politics at the Technical University Delft. Mr. Ovink has also given numerous public lectures and presentations about these pioneering efforts.