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Rutger de Witt Wijnen

General Counsel and Government Affairs , The Ocean Cleanup

Rutger studied law at Leiden University after which he worked in private practice for 25 years. He started at Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Amsterdam and New York offices) and moved to UK firm Simmons & Simmons in 2011. His main focus area was the banking and finance practice. As early as 2001, he became involved in climate change law and developed one of the first private sector practices in that new area of law.

In 2014 Rutger moved to the international public sector to become the first General Counsel at the Green Climate Fund, a newly established international finance institute based in South-Korea. He worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as interim General Counsel for 1.5 years before joining The Ocean Cleanup in 2019.

The Ocean Cleanup was founded in 2013 by UN Champion of the Earth Boyan Slat. Its mission is to rid the world’s oceans from plastic pollution. Rutger is responsible for all legal matters as well as Government Affairs. Headquartered in Rotterdam, the activities of The Ocean Cleanup are spread all over the globe, from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to rivers on Java and in the Dominican Republic.

Rutger is a regular speaker at conferences.

Session: Wednesday, 21 October, 11:00 - 12:30 (CET). Plenary - Sustainability: Circular data at the heart of transparent supply chains