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 (Communication Officer), TWD
Amber Nossent (Relations Manager), Navingo
Sander Morshuis (Innovation Officer), Mocean Offshore
Ruben de Nie, Damen Shipyards Group
Thijs Kamphuis, DOT BV & DOB-Academy

Latest news

  • 12-02-2020 Young IRO

    Sophie van Zanten succeeds Bernard Alblas as Chair of the Young IRO board

    After years of enthusiastic dedication for Young IRO, Bernard Alblas has decided to step down as Chairman of the Young IRO board. His successor will be Sophie van Zanten. Sophie: “After being part of the…

  • 14-01-2020 Young IRO

    New Young IRO board member: Paul Schoenmakers

    After years of passion and dedication for Young IRO, Siwart Mackintosh has passed the baton to a new Young IRO board member. Siwart has contributed to the growth of Young IRO in multiple ways, and…

  • 11-12-2019 Young IRO

    Inspiring Young IRO closing event at Buccaneer Delft!

    On the 10th of December, Young IRO organized an entrepreneurial event together with the Buccaneer Delft “Accelerating from start-up to scale-up”. Four start-ups in the offshore and power sector shared their inspirational stories and advice…

  • 15-10-2019 Young IRO

    It’s a wrap: The Offshore Quiz Show!

    We can look back at a very successful Offshore Quiz Show and Young professional networking gathering. The crowd was really pro-active and our Panel of Experts added a lot of interesting background information on the…

  • 02-10-2019 Young IRO

    Expanding the Young IRO family with a new board member

    After years of enthusiastic dedication for Young IRO, Laurens van Gelder and Nick van der Steen have decided to pass the baton to a new board member. A special thanks to Laurens and Nick who…

  • 17-06-2019 Young IRO

    Very successful Young IRO Machine Learning Event

    On the 13th of June 40 Young IRO members got together to combine their knowledge and brainstorm how we can solve critical industry challenges using machine learning. Their concepts and pitches were very impressive! The…