Saskia de Koning
Senior Associate
Netherlands-based. Expert in ESHIA integration, social performance, gender and communication (former manager – non-technical risk integration, Shell International).

Saskia is a senior sustainability leader with extensive experience in the profit and non-profit sector. She worked for Shell International for over 20 years, with her areas of focus including non-technical risk integration, stakeholder relations, social performance and capability building. Before joining Shell International, she was a freelance journalist and owner of a press agency, so she comes with ‘outside in’ perspectives. In her 20+ years in the private sector, Saskia has worked on-the-ground as well as at a business/corporate level. As part of her remit she held the position of corporate manager for non-technical risk integration with responsibility for the global approach in stakeholder relations.

Other roles included leading a team involved in global mergers and acquisitions, social performance manager for an exploration project in Bangladesh, external relations manager for a carbon capture and storage project in The Netherlands, and the external risk manager for a major gas project in Russia. Saskia has been involved in impact assessments for major projects as well as subsequent plans such as biodiversity action plans, stakeholder engagement plans and social performance plans. She was seconded to IUCN as a business and biodiversity manager. Saskia brings expertise in strategic planning and capability building for senior management. Saskia has lived in Peru, Bangladesh and Switzerland. She is based in The Netherlands. She has a MA in Dutch Language and Literature from the University of Amseterdam and holds an IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management. She is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in English and intermediate in Spanish

Areas of Expertise
  • Non-Technical Risk integration
  • ESHIA integration
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Social Performance
  • Reputation Management
  • Capability Building and Training