Feike Sijbesma, is a top business executive, one of the most influential Dutchmen and often described as a sustainability trailblazer. Under his leadership, Royal DSM transformed from a producer of bulk chemicals to a provider of healthy food ingredients for people and animals and specialist (green) materials, with sustainability and innovation as the main drivers.
Feike’s current roles include Co-Chair of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), the Global Center for Climate Adaptation (along with former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon) and Co-Chair of the Global Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. He also helps with local food production in Africa and is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Philips and member of the Supervisory Board of Unilever.
In honor of its former CEO, DSM initiated the Sustainable Innovation Award which supports innovators and entrepreneurs in realizing their societal and environmental impact ambitions, addressing global food system challenges with the potential to deliver transformation at scale.