Curriculum Vitae Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius

Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius
State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Personal details

Full name: Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius
Place and date of birth: Ankara, 18 June 1977
Place of residence: Amsterdam


1991-1997: Secondary education, Vallei College, Amersfoort
1997-2003: VU University Amsterdam , Culture, Organisation and Management


Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius began her career in 2004 at the Municipality of Amersfoort’s Bureau of Research and Statistics.
In 2006 she became a senior strategic management adviser to the mayor and members of the municipal executive of Amsterdam on the Port of Amsterdam (Urban Government Advisory Department). Prior to this she was a management adviser on care services and security in the same department, where she advised the municipal authorities on the Top 600 Programme (an integrated approach to high-impact crime), Project 1012 (plan of action for Amsterdam’s red light district) and care services. Her main areas of activity included the decentralisation of the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act and the reform of the Social Support Act, Amsterdam’s policy on sex workers, tackling addiction, community shelter services, domestic violence (including child abuse and restraining orders), and policy on cannabis cafés. She was also involved in diversity policy, the neighbourhood approach and youth care.
In addition Ms Yeşilgöz-Zegerius was regularly deployed to work on topical issues or crises, such as when she joined the core team in a prominent sexual abuse case involving childcare centres in Amsterdam.
In March 2014 Ms Yeşilgöz-Zegerius became a member of the municipal council of Amsterdam for the People’s Party for Democracy (VVD). Her areas of responsibilities included security, poverty reduction and sport. 
In March 2017 she became a member of parliament for the VVD. In her first term she was the party’s primary spokesperson on climate policy and energy, later becoming spokesperson on justice and security.
In May 2021 Ms Yeşilgöz-Zegerius was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, with responsibility for climate and energy policy.

Party political positions and outside activities

As a member of the VVD Ms Yeşilgöz-Zegerius performed numerous additional activities. She taught the VVD Masterclass and the VVD ‘leading lights’ course, for example. From 2010 to 2013 she was a member of the board of the regional branch of the VVD in Amsterdam. In this role she was responsible for various areas, such as recruiting, activating and retaining members, and the ‘political café’. From 2015 to 2017 Ms Yeşilgöz-Zegerius was a network member of the VVD’s European Affairs Committee in The Hague.