Bas de Leeuw

Managing Director

Bas de Leeuw was Managing Director of the World Resources Forum (WRF), based in Switzerland until 2020. WRF is known for its annual flagship conferences, as well as for multistakeholder dialogue projects such as the EC Horizon2020 FORAM project (Advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials) and the ISO IWA program SRI (Sustainable Recycling Industries). Before joining the WRF in 2011 he was Executive Director of the Donella Meadows Institute, based in Vermont, USA. He is one of the 100 full members of the Club of Rome and a member of Green Cross Netherlands Advisory Board.

Bas has been a diplomat for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1997 to 2009. Based in UN Environment’s Economy Division, Paris, France, he has set up and managed a number of new UN initiatives, such as the Sustainable Consumption Program, the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the International Life Cycle Panel, and the International Resource Panel. He served as Head Strategy Unit respectively Head Integrated Resource Management, and was Head of the Secretariat of both the Life Cycle Panel and the Resource Panel. 

Bas has also worked as a National Expert for the OECD on sustainable consumption policies and has held various positions in the Dutch government (Ministry of Economic Affairs respectively Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) between 1985 and 1997.

Bas de Leeuw is a Dutch economist from the Rotterdam Erasmus University. During his study he worked as Research Assistant for the EURICES Centre for International Energy Studies and the Erasmus University Department of Economic Geography, as Economics Editor for the Erasmus University Weekly, Quod Novum, and as a Freelance Journalist for various Dutch national media.