Prof. Dr. Patrick Verkooijen

Chief Executive Officer, Global Center on Adaptation


Patrick Verkooijen is the founder CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), an international organization hosted by the Netherlands, to act as the solutions broker to accelerate, innovate and scale adaptation action for a climate-resilient world. In this role he works closely with Ban Ki-moon, architect of the Paris Agreement as 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chairman of the Board of GCA.


Verkooijen’s personal insights and 30 years of diplomatic experience working in multilateral institutions ensure GCA’s programs focus on progress towards sustainable development to safeguard people, the planet and shared prosperity. He was the driving force behind the first ever Climate Adaptation Summit, hosted by the Netherlands. He also convened the inaugural Ministerial dialogue on climate adaptation in January 2020. With the participation of newly appointed U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, the dialogue focused on how to accelerate efforts to build forward better from the Covid-19 pandemic.