Coby van der Linde

Position: Director CIEP

Coby van der Linde is director of the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) since 2001.

Work experience:

1984-2005: University of Leiden (Assistant Professor International Economic Relations; 1991, Associate Professor International Economic Relations; 1995-1998 Jean Monnet professor of European Economic Integration; 2000-2005, (part-time) Professor International Political Economy and International Oil Markets) .

1990-1996: Guest Researcher at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; the Energy and Environment Programme, the Royal Institute for International Affairs ‘Chatham House’, Londen; Visiting Domingo Moreno Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado, USA; (part-time) Professor International Oil Markets at the University of Amsterdam.

1998-2011: (part-time) senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, The Hague. 

2001- : Director of the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP).

2004-2016: (part-time) Professor of Geopolitics and Energy Management at the University of Groningen. 

2018-2022 (31-10-2022): (part-time) Professor of Geopolitics and Energy Management, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen.

Other positions

2004 - 2014: member of the Dutch Energy Council (AER)

2007 - 4 March 2022 : non-executive director of Wintershall DEA Nederland B.V.

2004 -  3 March 2022: Member of the IGU Wise Person Group

2009 - 1 July 2019: non-executive director Alliander N.V.

2010 - 2018: member of the international advisory board KAPSARC

2007 - 30 June 2020: non-executive director Wintershall Noordzee B.V.

2009-  to date: DBA Lark Holding B.V. and Lark Advisory B.V.

2020-  to date: non-executive director Koole Terminals Holding B.V. 

2020- to date: member advisory council Platform H2


MA degree in International Relations and Public Law (University of Amsterdam, 1984);

Doctorate in Economics (University of Amsterdam, 5 February 1991), Dynamic International Oil markets, Oil market development and structure 1860-1990 (Kluwer, 1991).


Dutch (mother tongue), English (fluent), German (fair), French (passive).