Alexander is an environmentalist and public speaker. He is a Dutch diplomat and former Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and as of February 2016, a proud member of the EcoCamp Ambassador Crew. Alexander’s commitment to a more sustainable world could not be stronger. He has been working on international issues related to climate, water, food, energy and resources while collaborating with governments, businesses, think tanks and civil society agencies to find connections between these issues and create solutions for the environmental, resource, and demographic challenges of the 21st century.
He created the Planetary Security Initiative, held at The Hague's Peace Palace, where representatives from 75 countries meet annually on the climate change-security relationship. Currently, he works as an expert speaker and advisor on planetary change to academia, global NGO's, private firms, and international organizations.
Alexander is recognized online as an influential leader to follow on climate change. As of early 2018, his Twitter site, @alex_verbeek has 155,000 followers. He also actively engages followers through other social media platforms such as Instagram and LinkedIn, produces his website blogs and writes environmental essays on Medium.com.
Alexander is an associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). He recently 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 he became a World Fellow at Yale University. Alexander Verbeek is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Visiting Fellow in the Peace and Conflict Department of Uppsala University in Sweden. He is on the board of advisors of several international environmental initiatives. Alexander is a world traveler, photography buff, hiker, and sailor.
Alexander supports the model of EcoCamp as a sustainable geodesic hotel in a fragile environment.