Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Full name: Eric Derk Wiebes
Place and date of birth: Delft, 12 March 1963
Place of residence: The Hague
Civil status: partner, two children
1975-1981: Secondary education, Bussum
1981-1986: Mechanical engineering, majoring in energy supply, Delft University of Technology
1990-1991: Master’s degree in business administration (MBA), INSEAD, Fontainebleau
After studying in Delft, Mr Wiebes worked as an energy engineer at Shell from 1987 to 1989. In 1990 he joined McKinsey & Company as a consultant. From 1993 to 2004 he worked as a consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, of which he was a partner from 1996.
In 2004 Mr Wiebes joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He was Director of Market Forces until 2007, when he became Deputy Secretary-General, with responsibility for ICT/operational management, executive organisations and the reorganisation of the ministry and its external departments. In 2009 he also became Interim Director of Communications.
In 2010 Mr Wiebes became a member of the municipal executive of Amsterdam with responsibility for the North-South metro line project, traffic, transport, infrastructure, air quality and ICT.
On 4 February 2014 Eric Wiebes was appointed State Secretary for Finance in the Rutte-Asscher government.
On 26 October 2017 Eric Wiebes was appointed Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in the third Rutte government.
Party political positions and outside activities
Mr Wiebes has been a member of the economic affairs committee of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) since 2005.
He was a board member of the Dutch Accreditation Council from 2004 to 2009, and since 2013 he has been a member of the Critical Review Team that advises the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management on the long-term development of the rail network.