Opening Speaker

DickBenschopDick Benschop

President Director Shell Netherlands

Vice President Gas Market Development

Dick Benschop was born in Driebergen in The Netherlands. He studied History at the Free University in Amsterdam.

He worked in various functions in the Dutch Parliament and in the Dutch Labour Party. In 1994 he founded his own consultancy firm.

From 1998 to 2002 he returned to politics as deputy minister for Foreign Affairs.

In 2003 he joined Shell and worked in Shell Energy Europe. He moved to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of 2006 overseeing the Gas & Power business in Malaysia. In 2009 he took up the role of Vice President Strategy for the Royal Dutch Shell Group.

Per the 1st of May 2011 he has been appointed as President Director of Shell Netherlands and Vice President Gas Market Development.

He lives in The Hague, is married to Elisabeth Minnemann and has three children.