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Mr Alexander Verbeek
Position(s) Founder, Institute for Planetary Security
Twitter @alex_verbeek

Alexander Verbeek is a Dutch environmentalist, writer, public speaker, diplomat, and former strategic policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 30 years, he has worked on international security, humanitarian and geopolitical risk issues, and the linkage to the earth's accelerating environmental crisis. Currently, Alexander is writer/editor of The Planet, a rapidly growing newsletter about the threats to our environment as well as the beauty of nature: https://theplanet.substack.comAlexander is Policy Director at the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) in Brussels. He is also an independent advisor on global issues related to climate, security, water, food, energy, and resources. He collaborates with governments, businesses, think tanks, and civil society agencies to create solutions for the planetary challenges of the 21st century. Alexander worked as a journalist and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Netherlands Navy before he became a diplomat for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1992 until 2016. Alexander founded the Institute for Planetary Security and developed the Planetary Security Initiative, leading the team that prepared the first Planetary Security Conference in the Peace Palace in The Hague in November 2015. From 2016 until 2018 he was the Chairman of the Board of Advisors of this initiative. Alexander is a World Fellow at Yale University and has been an associate or fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Stockholm International Water institute (SIWI), a Visiting Fellow at the Peace and Conflict Department of Uppsala University in Sweden, and he is on the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. Alexander is recognized online as an influential leader to follow on climate change. His online following on all social media is more than 400,000. His main Twitter site is: @alex_verbeek.