• 2016-2020: Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Cuba and Jamaica
  • 2012-2016: Head of Human Rights and Political & Legal UN Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Coordination of Kingdom instructions for the UN as well as international human rights policy
  • 2010-2012: Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Guatemala
  • Development cooperation focused on justice and environmental sectors
  • 1996-2009: various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, its Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and Embassy in Suriname.

Message from the Ambassador

At the beginning of September 2020, I took up my post as Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See, the Order of Malta, United Nations Organisations in Rome and the Republic of San Marino. Indeed, it is a great honour to represent the European Union together with the team here in Rome. In working together with all these partners, we promote the priorities of the European Union relating to peace and security and sustainable development.

Since my posting in Rome in September 2020 as the Head of the EU Delegation, I cover the various accreditations and therefore a variety of issues. In my work, I am well assisted by the dedicated, albeit small, team of colleagues in Rome, as well by those who are our partners at Headquarters' in Brussels. I began my mission with the strong feeling that in the current turbulent times, the European Union has even more than before the obligation to use its weight in the interest of global peace and protection of people affected by crises and uncertainties, as well as to very responsible use our earth with its resources.