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Harry Brekelmans

Projects & Technology Director, Member of the Executive Committee, Shell

Harry Brekelmans is Projects & Technology (P&T) Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc.

As P&T Director, Harry oversees an organisation that delivers Shell’s major oil and gas projects, provides support to operating assets and drives technological and commercial innovation. P&T also provides functional leadership in areas such as engineering, contracts and procurement, IT as well as safety and environment. P&T works with some of the world’s leading engineering, procurement and constructions companies and integrated services contractors. It also collaborates with public and private research institutes, start-ups, incubators and entrepreneurs on technology developments.

Harry began his career at Shell after graduating from Delft Technical University with a degree in petroleum engineering. A stint in the R&D department of Shell’s Exploration & Production business in the Netherlands was followed by various roles in Egypt and the UK. From 2007 to 2009, he was CEO of Salym Petroleum Development, a Shell joint venture in Russia. In 2009, he became Executive Vice President (EVP) for Shell Group Strategy and Planning, before returning to Russia in 2011 as Country Chairman and EVP for Russia and the Caspian region. He moved back to his native city, The Hague, in 2013 to take up a new role as EVP for Upstream International Operated. Harry moved to his current role as P&T Director in 2014.

Harry is also a member of the executive committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a board member of the Global Leadership and Technology Exchange. Both organisations seek to connect business, government and civil society in seeking more efficient, low-carbon growth.

Harry is married to Petra and they have two children. The family enjoy travelling and sports, especially tennis and running.