Kurt Hoffman

Director of the Shell Foundation

A development economist by training, Kurt Hoffman first practiced his craft in an academic context as a Senior Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex in the UK and then worked at an advisory and operational level for private foundations as well as the UN, EU, the World Bank and various bi-lateral development agencies. A valuable grounding in the real world of raising investment capital and spinning off start-up businesses followed. In parallel with these activities, there was a prolonged period of work at board level to establish viable societal and customer value propositions to underpin airline industry support for the environment. This led to an invitation to join Shell Group in 1997 as architect and then Director of the Shell Foundation. Kurt was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2003.