Dredging Today Conference Moderator Announced

Alexander Verbeek

The preparations for the first ever Dredging Today Conference (DTC), which will offer a forward-looking agenda for the dredging industry, are progressing according to schedule. 

We are pleased to announce that DTC will be moderated by Alexander Verbeek, an Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). He has been working as a diplomat for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1992.

Verbeek’s last position was Strategic Policy Advisor on Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Since 2014, Alexander is a World Fellow at Yale University. He founded the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) and organized the first international PSI conference in the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Alexander is a public speaker on international issues related to climate, water, food, energy, and resources. He also lectures at universities; Visiting Fellow at the Peace and Conflict Department at Uppsala University, and is often asked to chair international meetings.

He is also on the board of advisers of several international environmental initiatives.

The conference

The Dredging Today Conference, set to take place in RAI Amsterdam on October 9 and 10, will offer a forward-looking agenda for the industry addressing economic, social and environmental challenges and the capabilities of the dredging industry to tackle these.

DTC is distinctive in its choice of speakers from around the globe, its room for dialogue and its attention for business rather than technology. The conference is supported by the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC).

An important part of the conference is dedicated to climate change, adaptation and resilience. Topics include the impact of climate change on the dredging industry, available funds for climate adaptation solutions, changing client demands and future proofing business strategies.

DredgingToday Conference: Changing Climate, Resilient Business

The world in which the dredging industry operates, is changing. Climate change, global trade developments and shifts in the world’s energy mix have significant impact on dredging. But where will the effects of climate change be felt most? And what public funds are available to pay for solutions that can protect vulnerable regions? We are also witnessing changes in client demands and with these in the role of dredging contractors. What business strategies do we see emerging and ultimately – what makes the dredging industry future proof?

Delegates attending the 1st Dredging Today Conference can expect a forward-looking agenda with attention for business rather than technology.