van Breda Vriesman, Gijs

van Breda Vriesman
Commercial Manager Europe - Shell Alternative Energy

In 1995, Gijs van Breda Vriesman joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group in the Netherlands. He has held various positions in sales, marketing and business development in Downstream.
In 2000, he moved to Bain & Company as a consultant in Benelux office working for clients in the Chemicals, Financial services and Construction industry. Bain is a strategy-consulting firm with 35 offices in 28 countries.
He rejoined the Shell Group in 2003 in Germany, where he was a number of years responsible for Shell’s road transport fuel distribution operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Since 2006, he has had various roles in Shell’s alternative energies & CO2 business. At first, he has been responsible for developing Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) projects. During this period, he coordinated together with 20 companies for the European Zero Emission Platform the European CCS Demonstration program to develop 10 – 12 zero emission power plant projects by 2015. The program is currently being implemented.
Later, he was responsible for the business development of hydrogen as a fuel for transport projects in Europe and as of January 1st 2010 he has been globally coordinating Shell’s business development in this area.
Gijs has been Chairman of Governing Board of the EUR 1 Billion public private partnership (PPP) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking from 2007 till 2011. This PPP funds EU wide research, development and demonstration projects in hydrogen and fuel cells with the objective to let the technology breakthrough by 2015.
Gijs holds a Masters degree from the INSEAD MBA School in Fontainebleau, a Masters degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Utrecht and a minor degree in Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Gijs is married, has two children, rows to stay fit, and likes to play golf, to cook and to read.