Dimitri de Boer is based in Beijing, and heads ClientEarth’s China office.

ClientEarth’s China office supports efforts of the Chinese government to strengthen environmental governance and rule of law. It focuses on activities such as:

  • Supporting the drafting of better environmental laws and regulations
  • Building the capacity of the judiciary and prosecutors
  • Enhancing public supervision of environmental law enforcement

Dimitri is one of China’s most prominent environmental cooperation experts. He previously led the EU – China Environmental Governance Programme, a flagship EU-funded cooperation with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, which promoted access to information, public participation, and access to justice from 2010 to 2015. When the EU Programme came to a successful close, Dimitri joined ClientEarth and started its China office. He quickly built relations and cooperation activities with China’s Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Environmental Protection.


Before joining ClientEarth, Dimitri worked as senior adviser on environment and climate change for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in China for 12 years. He also worked as consultant for the World Bank, European Union, and the Chinese government. Dimitri volunteers as vice-chairman of the Board of China Carbon Forum, an independent platform which aims to foster trust and cooperation among China’s stakeholders for climate action.


Dimitri studied Chinese language in Beijing, speaks good Thai, and holds a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction marks (top 2%) from Edinburgh Business School. He has been awarded a special foreign expert permit by the Chinese government for outstanding contributions to environmental protection.

China’s people and its government are fed up with pollution. The system of environmental law is being revamped and since 2015 NGOs can take polluters to court in the public interest. ClientEarth helps China to make the new system as effective as possible in protecting the environment and climate.