Alexander Verbeek is a Dutch environmentalist, writer, public speaker, and former diplomat and 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.
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. Alexander is the writer/editor of The Planet
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. He is also an 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.
How can the defence sector best contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions? How do industry and military come together to reduce the carbon footprint of major deployment operations? How should Western countries better incentivize larger emerging countries to be more accepting of more green-oriented military policies? Should the armed forces assess the training of future soldiers to integrate more civilian applications to better respond to climate disasters?