Robert Blaauw is senior Arctic advisor for Shell, where he manages the operational, technical, social and environmental challenges specific to the Arctic Region. Blaauw participated in the Commission on Arctic Climate Change – made up of scientists and members of industry, environmental organizations and native representatives – which released a report in spring, 2011 that suggests that rapid change in the Arctic will lead to unprecedented challenges in how the Arctic is protected and governed.
Blaauw joined Shell in 1982 in technical and operational functions, and moved to commercial and general management roles in Shell operating companies in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. In 2002, Robert moved to Shell’s corporate headquarters in The Netherlands, where he was Business Development Manager for the Caspian, Middle East and later Russia. Since 2005, Robert has managed the operational, technical, social and environmental challenges specific to the Arctic Region. Robert holds an MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Technical University of Delft.