Harry Verhaar
Head of Global Public
Government Affairs
Philips Lighting

Corporate Advisory Board Founding Member: Philips

Philips Lighting is the leading provider of lighting solutions and applications both for professional and consumer markets, transforming how lighting is used to enhance the human experience in the places where people live and work.  Whether at home, on the road, in the city, shopping, at work or at school, Philips is creating lighting solutions that transform environments, create experiences, and help shape identities.

Philips serves customers through a market segment approach which encompasses Homes, Office and Outdoor, Industry, Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment, Healthcare and Automotive. For these segments, they provide a wide range of offerings from across the entire lighting value chain - from light sources, luminaires and lighting controls to lighting solutions and services.

Philips is a WorldGBC Global Partner as well as a Corporate Advisory Board member.

Philip’s CAB representative is Harry Verhaar. Harry has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy and climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.

He has, since the end of 2003, been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.

He is an active member of a number of partnership networks, among which are The Climate Group, R20, and the World Green Building Council, and he is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Indicator Facility. He is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program, chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

Harry is a recipient of the 2011 UN Leader of Change Award, and has received the Carbon War Room’s Gigaton award on behalf of Philips.

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