Founder, Institute for Planetary Security
2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker

Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander Verbeek is a Dutch environmentalist, public speaker, diplomat and former strategic policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 29 years, he has worked on international security, humanitarian and geopolitical risk issues, and the linkage to the earth's accelerating environmental crisis. Currently, he works as an expert speaker and advisor on planetary change to academia, global nongovernmental organizations, private firms and international organizations.  

Verbeek is recognized online as an influential leader to follow on climate change. As of late 2018, his online following is more than 200,000, mainly through his Twitter site. He also actively engages followers through other social media platforms, produces his website blogs and writes environmental essays on Medium.  

Verbeek is also Policy Director at the Environment & Development Resource Centre (EDRC) which is working with the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS) in a pilot project on Transatlantic Responses to 21st Century Environmental Challenges.

Verbeek is also an associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm International Water Institute. He founded the Netherlands-based Institute for Planetary Security, where he directs projects related to the geopolitical impacts of the changing climate, water, food, energy, economic and demographic conditions.  

In 2014 Verbeek became a world fellow at Yale University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a visiting fellow in the Peace and Conflict Department of Uppsala University in Sweden, and an associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is on the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. Verbeek is a world traveler, photography buff, hiker and sailor.