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Rutger Huijgens
Director, European Government Affairs at BP


Rutger Huijgens is a Dutch National and joined BP in 1995 from a petroleum engineering consultancy in The Netherlands.  In his early career with BP, he held a variety of engineering and commercial roles in BP’s Upstream assets in Vietnam, Venezuela and Alaska.  Starting in 2002, he worked for several years in Gas, Power & Renewables, focused on the LNG and New Markets business.

In 2005, Rutger was appointed Asset Manager of the Wamsutter field, located in North America, accountable for resource development and operations of this large tight gas resource.

In 2008, he joined the Middle East & South Asia business as Technical Director, leading technical support, new business development and technology implementation for BP in the region, after which he was appointed VP Ops, HSSE & Engineering Performance in the Upstream global team in 2010.

Rutger moved to Egypt in early 2011 to become the Operations General Manager of the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), BP’s oil joint venture in Egypt, for which he took over as General Manager & Managing Director in early 2013.  He has been leading GUPCO until his appointment as BP Director, European Government Affairs, in September 2016.  He is also Head of Country for BP in Belgium.

Rutger sits on the Board of BP Management International and BP Chembel, and is a member of the EnergyVille Advisory Committee and the Advisory Boards of Rotterdam School of Management and the Clingendael International Energy Programme. 

Rutger holds an MSc in petroleum engineering and a PhD in reservoir engineering, both from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel Incentives for the European energy transition: can they lead us to carbon neutrality?