Alexander Verbeek

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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 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 is writer/editor of The Planet, a rapidly growing Substack newsletter about the threats to our environment as well as the beauty of nature: It is shared on his two Twitter accounts with a total of more than 400,000 followers.

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 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. He is also Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

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 and he is often interviewed on TRT World Television and other media.

Alexander mainly works with policy institutes, international organizations like the UN and the EU, think tanks, and universities, but he has also worked with companies, like Rolex, Vocal Media, or the Washington Post to promote their work and activities.

TEDx talk: Main Twitter site: @alex_verbeek. 277.000 followers Planetary Security Twitter site: @Planetary_sec. 126.000 followers The Planet newsletter: Instagram: @alexanderverbeek. 11.000 followers.

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