Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify

Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs for Signify. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.


He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.

He is an active member of a number of partnership and stakeholder networks, among which The Climate Group; Regions20, the World Green Building Council and of the UN Environment Science Business Policy Forum. He is responsible for Philips’ relationship management with the UN and is a founding member of UN Environment’s en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

He holds a MSc in Solid State Luminescence from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018.