Dr. Patrick Verkooijen has joined the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) on September 10, 2018 as CEO.
He is recognized globally for mobilizing stakeholders and delivering scaled up actions that address climate change. Before his appointment to the GCA, he served as Climate Adviser and Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank Group supporting President Jim Yong Kim and the World Bank Climate Leaders – Mr. Annan, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Ms. Christiana Figueres and Mr. Feike Sijbesma – in external engagement aimed at enhanced climate action.
Over the years, he has advanced material progress on a range of climate-related agendas, including the economics of climate change and carbon pricing, water and climate security, climate-smart agriculture and forests. He has developed multiple global partnerships, alliances and funding mechanisms, such as the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the REDD+ partnership, the Forest Investment Program and the largest dedicated grant mechanism for indigenous peoples and local communities.
He is Professor of Practice in Sustainable Development Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Verkooijen received his doctorate degree from Wageningen University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.