Koen Verbruggen

Koen Verbruggen, Geological Survey Ireland

Director (Geological Survey Ireland)

Koen is the Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), which is the Irish Geoscience Agency and part of the Government Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. He has been with GSI since 2000 and from 2006-13 he managed INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping for Sustainable Development of Irelands Marine Resource), the Irish national marine mapping programme run in conjunction with the Marine Institute. In 2013 he became Director of GSI and for 2015 & 2016 he was elected President of EuroGeoSurveys, the organisation of European Geological Surveys. Prior to GSI, Koen worked for 15 years in the international exploration industry, principally in the minerals sector. He holds a BSc Geology and MSc Petroleum Geology from University College Dublin.