Wopke Hoekstra

European Commissioner for Climate action, European Commission

Wopke Hoekstra is the European Commissioner for Climate Action since 9 October 2023. He was born on 30 September 1975 in the Netherlands. Before assuming office in Brussels, he held various political positions in the Netherlands and worked in the private sector prior to that. After graduating in law from Leiden University, and having studied at LUISS in Rome, he worked at Shell for two years. Thereafter, he completed an MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore and worked for consultancy firm McKinsey & Company from 2006 to 2017, becoming partner in 2013. In 2011, Hoekstra became the youngest member of the Dutch Senate – for the party Christelijk Democratisch Appèl (EPP), a party that he led between 2020 and 2023. From 2017 to 2022, Hoekstra served as Minister of Finance, and from early 2022 until August 2023, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. He was appointed as European Commissioner for Climate Action by the Dutch government in October 2023.