Interim Director, Climate Program
Dorine Wytema is the Interim Director of the Climate Program. She will bring in her long experience in governmental and international affairs, as well as her extensive EU knowledge. Before this position, Dorine lead the Center for Sustainable Business at WRI as the interim Director. She started at WRI in September 2021 as a senior advisor in both the Climate Program and the Center for Sustainable Business.
Dorine is seconded to WRI by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has worked almost her entire career as a diplomat with the Netherlands (NL) Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has held positions at the NL Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels (2002-05) and at the NL Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, working as deputy head of press and culture (2010-13). At MFA headquarters in The Hague she has worked on EU trade matters, NL-Israel relations and the Middle East Peace Process, security issues related to nuclear security (NSS) and cyber security, and on combatting terrorism. In 2016, before moving to Washington DC in 2020, Dorine was seconded to the NL Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, tasked with mainstreaming the SDGs within this Ministry, and responsible for the NL international policy on achieving a global circular economy.
Dorine has a legal background: she has a law degree (Masters of Law (LLM)), with a specialization in International Law and Human Rights. After graduating, she held an internship at the United Nations in Geneva. Her first job was as a legal advisor at the law firm that traditionally acts as the State Attorney, working on migration cases.
Dorine lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, two kids and one Dalmatian (no, not 100 to go).
Empowering People to Build Resilient and Equitable Supply Chains: A CREST InitiativeVisit Project
Over five years, the Ares Charitable Foundation, Jobs for the Future and WRI will partner with public and private stakeholders in the U.S. and India, helping small businesses and individuals prepare for climate-resilient jobs and build an equitable, low-carbon economy.Part of Climate