Feike Sijbesma

Honorary Chairman | Royal DSM (former CEO)

“You always have a choice, to do the right thing, to shape your own path whilst contributing to a better world.”

Feike Sijbesma has been CEO of Royal DSM for nearly 13 years. DSM is global leader in food/nutritional ingredients and a leading company in sustainable materials and solutions among others for alternative energy sources. At DSM sustainability (and innovation) is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver. 

Since early 2020, Feike Sijbesma transitioned to the role of Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM of which he has been CEO between 2007 and 2020.

He sits on a variety of Supervisory Boards, as Vice Chairman Supervisory Board Royal Philips, non-executive board member of Unilever and member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB).

Moreover he is member of the Global CEO Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, advising the Chinese Premier. He is co-chair, together with Ban Ki-Moon, of the Global Center on Adaptation. He is one of the Climate Leaders of the World Bank, focusing on carbon pricing (CPLC). He is member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum and is heading the Climate CEO Climate Leaders group. He is also member of the newly formed Advisory Board of the IMF.

Mr. Sijbesma is a recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award & Leaders of Change Award presented by the United Nations; received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University, Netherlands; he was listed by Fortune on the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and he received the Courage to Lead Award from the World Resources Institute.

Mr. Sijbesma studied medical (molecular) biology at the University of Utrecht and business administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.