D.A. Benschop MA

Delegate Supervisory Director

Dick Benschop was born in Driebergen on 5 November 1957. He is a Delegate Supervisory Director of GasTerra. He has worked in various capacities in the Dutch House of Representatives and in the Dutch Labour Party. In 1994, he founded his own consultancy firm. From 1998 to 2002, he returned to politics as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the second Kok cabinet.

He joined Shell in the European gas company Shell Energy Europe in 2003. In early 2006, he moved to Kuala Lumpur where he headed the Gas & Power business (LNG and GTL) in Malaysia. In 2009, he became Vice-President of Strategy for the Royal Dutch Shell Group. Since 1 May 2011, he has been CEO of Shell Nederland and Vice-President of Global Gas Market Development. Mr Benschop accepted a new position at Shell starting on 1 January 2016. He stood down from his position as a member of GasTerra's Board of Supervisory Directors on the same date.

Main and ancillary positions

  • CEO of Shell Nederland B.V. (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of the Dutch Petroleum Industry (VNPI) (until 1 January 2016)
  • Chairman of the Dutch Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Congress (until 1 January 2016)
  • Chairman of the Christiaan Huygens Prize Foundation (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Board of the Avond van Wetenschap en Maatschappij (Evening of Science and Society) (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Board of the Apeldoorn British-Dutch Dialogue Conference (until 1 January 2016)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board, The Hague Institute of Global Justice
  • Member of Supervisory Board of NCDO (National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development)
  • Member of the Sponsor Fund Board of the Rotterdam Theatre (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) (until 1 January 2016)
  • Member of International Advisory Board of Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary Studies (ACCESS Europe)
  • Member of Trilateral Commission

Opleiding

  • VU University Amsterdam, History (graduated in 1984)