As a director in the central government of the Netherlands, Eric de Graaf MPA is a practitioner with a wide experience. For the past five years he was a member of the government wide board of HRM-directors, with leadership and talent management as one of his special topics. At this moment he is director Governance and Innovation of the Ministry of Defence. His special topics are leadership, social innovation and cultural change within the ministry. These subject are essential for the transformation of his department and for the government as a whole, to meet the changing needs.