Ben van Beurden is Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc, a role he has held since 2013, after serving as as Downstream Director from January to September 2013. Before that, he was Executive Vice President Chemicals from 2006 to 2012. During this period, he also served on the boards of a number of leading industry associations, including the International Council of Chemicals Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council. Prior to this, he held a number of operational and commercial roles in both Upstream and Downstream, including Vice President Manufacturing Excellence. He joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.