Mark Minneboo

Mark Minneboo

Advocacy Director

Mark has been executive director of Plastic Oceans Chile since June 2017, and Regional Director of Latin America since 2020. In his role as advocacy director he participates in workgroups and multilateral expert panels where he raises awareness about ocean plastic pollution and circular economy solutions. He works with companies, NGOs, government institutions and international embassies to generate a multisectoral collaborative network to manage a transition towards a circular economy. As a keynote speaker Mark has been representing Plastic Oceans International at conferences in Colombia, Uruguay, South Korea, Germany, France and Portugal.

As Regional Director for Latin America he oversees development, networks creation and the establishment of international contacts and education programs tailored to the Latin American market.

In 2021 he participated in an expert panel about a global plastics treaty at the IUCN conference in Marseille, France and currently he and his team are leading the National Dialogues for a global treaty on plastics in Chile.

Active member of his community he was president of the local citizens´environmental committee and served one term on the advisory board of the Chilean Ministry of Environment. Since 2018 he is part of the Circular Economy platform of the Americas, CEPA.

Mark had several years of experience in corporate marketing, before deciding to change his career course in 2015 and dedicating himself to environmental initiatives full time. He is a Commercial Engineer who graduated from the NHTV University of Breda Holland, has a bachelor’s degree in education from Fontys University, Eindhoven, a diploma in corporate innovation from Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile and a course in Circular Economy from UC Berkeley. Originally a Dutchman, Mark settled in Chile 15 years ago.

Mark es director ejecutivo de Plastic Oceans Chile desde junio de 2017 y director regional de América Latina desde 2020.
Supervisa el desarrollo, la creación de redes y el establecimiento de contactos internacionales y programas de educación adaptados al mercado latinoamericano. Como keynote speaker y participante en paneles de expertos, crea conciencia sobre la contaminación plástica en el océano y enseña sobre la economía circular en universidades y empresas. Trabaja con empresas, ONG, institutos gubernamentales y embajadas internacionales para generar una red colaborativa multisectorial para gestionar una transición hacia una economía circular. Mark ha estado representando a Plastic Oceans International en conferencias en Colombia, Uruguay, Corea del Sur, Alemania, Francia y Portugal.
En 2021 participó en un panel de expertos sobre un tratado global de plásticos en la conferencia de la UICN en Marsella, Francia y actualmente él y su equipo lideran los Diálogos Nacionales para un tratado global de plásticos en Chile.

Como presidente en dos ocasiones del Comité Ambiental Comunal de Providencia, ganó un premio nacional al mejor comité en 2017. También sirvió un período en el consejo asesor del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente de Chile. Desde 2018 forma parte de la plataforma de Economía Circular de las Américas, CEPA.

Mark tenía varios años de experiencia en marketing corporativo, antes de decidir cambiar de carrera en 2015 y dedicarse a tiempo completo a iniciativas ambientales. Es Ingeniero Comercial egresado de la Universidad NHTV de Breda Holanda, tiene una licenciatura en educación de la Universidad de Fontys, Eindhoven, un diplomado en innovación corporativa de la Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile y un curso en Economía Circular de UC Berkeley. Originalmente holandés, Mark se instaló en Chile hace 15 años.

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