Dan Vermeer

Dan Vermeer

Executive Director

Dan Vermeer is associate professor of the practice and executive director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Dr. Vermeer teaches graduate classes at both Fuqua and at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations including Bank of America, ABB, GE, Walmart, Dupont, The Nature Conservancy, UN Global Compact, Ingersoll Rand, and other private and public organizations. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chains, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development.

Beyond Duke, Vermeer serves on Sustainability Advisory Boards for Ingersoll Rand and Xylem.  He is an editor for the Frontiers in Energy Systems and Policy journal, and serves on the Award Nominating Committee for the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS).  He participates in several multi-stakeholder alliances with USAID, RTI International, and Conservation X Labs, focusing on innovation and development.

Dr. Vermeer joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company’s primary ingredient. As part of this work, he founded Coca-Cola’s Community Water Partnerships program, resulting in nearly 500 public-private partnerships in over 90 countries, and designed a “gold standard” methodology for identifying risks across Coca-Cola’s global  manufacturing facilities. During his tenure at Coca-Cola, he also launched the company’s Sustainable Agriculture program to manage lifecycle impacts of agricultural supply chain inputs, and led the Sustainable Value Chain initiative to embed sustainability capabilities across business functions, including finance, strategy, operations, marketing, and procurement.

Dr. Vermeer plays a leading public role in advocating for business sustainability through speaking, research, and institution-building. He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by more than 50 Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.