Rutger Huijgens

Director European Government Affairs & Head of Country, BP Belgium, BP

Rutger has been BP’s director European government affairs since 2016. He has held a variety of engineering, commercial and leadership roles at BP since 1995, first focusing on BP’s Upstream assets in Vietnam, Venezuela and Alaska and later gas, power and renewables, such as LNG and new markets business.

In 2005, Rutger became asset manager of the Wamsutter Field in the USA. In 2008, he joined the Middle East and South Asia business as BP’s technical director, leading technical support, new business development and technology implementation.

He was also operations general manager and later managing director of the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO), BP’s oil joint venture in Egypt.

Rutger holds an MSc and an PhD in petroleum engineering from Delft University of Technology.