Young IRO

Young professionals are key in IRO’s mission to contribute to a future proof & sustainable industry, therefore they embrace the initiative of Young IRO: a platform where the next generation of our industry can connect, learn, get inspired and share ideas & new innovations!

Our vision

Making the Offshore Industry future proof, rethinking the conventional, empowering the Young Generation & linking all professions, age groups & genders within the IRO Community.

Our Mission

To Facilitate continuous learning, development & knowledge exchange through business friendships between young industry professionals.

And what we do

Annually we organise 3 Intelligent Events. Each with its own thematic program & networking opportunity. Next to that we organise Social Gatherings to get together in a casual & inspiring environment. We pro-actively invite young people to the existing IRO activities.

Want to join?

Are you under the age of 35, eager to learn & share your thoughts, experiences &, last but not least, working for one of the 400 IRO member companies, we welcome you to member up! Registration for Young IRO is free of charge and will keep you up to date on events and activities of IRO & Young IRO.

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Young IRO Board

Sophie van Zanten, (Chairman), Fugro
Timon Ligterink (Vice-Chairman), Huisman Equipment
Paul Schoenmakers (Marketing & Communication Officer), TWD
Ruben de Nie (Relation Manager), Damen Shipyards Group
Thijs Kamphuis (Innovation Officer), DOT BV & DOB-Academy
Ivo Muller (Marketing & Communication Officer), Van Oord
Meike Kolthof (Sustainability Officer), Heerema Marine Contractors
Ruben de Jong, MO4

Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven (Supervisor & IRO Board member), Heerema Group

Latest news

  • 11-01-2021 Young IRO

    Announcement: Meike Kolthof new Young IRO board member

    New year, new board member. We’d like to give a warm welcome to Meike Kolthof from Heerema Marine Contractors. “With an ambition to create a lasting sustainable impact, I am honored to join the Young…

  • 06-11-2020 Young IRO

    Young IRO pubquiz

    Afgelopen maand hebben we met groot succes onze tweede digitale PubQuiz gegeven, dit keer tijdens de OEEC. Ondanks de beperkingen bij de OEEC vanwege corona, hebben we met plezier ons steentje bijgedragen om naast de…

  • 14-10-2020 Young IRO

    Working together in a perfect storm – 22 September

    A few weeks ago Young IRO organized an event together with the Offshore training provider STC-KNRM in the harbour of Rotterdam. After months of social isolation and working from home we managed to organize the…

  • 09-09-2020 Young IRO

    Working together in a perfect storm, 22 September

    We are excited to announce that Young IRO in close collaboration with the STC-KNRM Offshore Safety training provider established to organize a life event. After months of social isolation and working from home we are…

  • 11-06-2020 Young IRO

    Announcement: Ivo Muller new Young IRO board member

    We are happy to announce that Ivo will be joining the forces of Young IRO. “When I was younger ‘sustainability’ wasn’t the first topic which had my attention. But after working for Van Oord for…

  • 09-04-2020 Young IRO

    Young IRO online Pubquiz: stay safe, play safe

    In these times of quarantine you won’t see your colleagues on a day to day basis and meeting with our industry peers will become a challenge. Young IRO took on this challenge and bridged the…