Patrick Verkooijen is professor of practice of sustainable development diplomacy at The Fletcher School and visiting professor at Wageningen University and Research Center. A Dutch national, he became special representative for climate change at the World Bank in July 2012, and represents the World Bank in U.N. meetings on climate change, and serves as principal advisor to the vice president SDN, specifically engaging with the U.N. and other partners leading global efforts in the climate change area.
Prior to his appointment as special representative, professor Verkooijen served in the Bank as head, agriculture and climate change, and as senior partnership specialist. Before his appointment to the Bank, he acted as key negotiator for the Department of International Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands. He has extensive experience in multilateral environmental negotiations and in negotiations within the EU with a particular emphasis on sustainable development issues.
He received his doctorate degree from Wageningen University, in close collaboration with The Fletcher School. His thesis, "Transforming Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Lessons Learned from Global Forest Governance," is widely perceived as an important contribution to the emerging field of sustainable development diplomacy. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, a master’s degree in social and political philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, and an engineering degree in environmental science from the University of Utrecht.