Curriculum Vitae Tom de Bruijn

Tom de Bruijn
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Personal details

Full name: Thomas Justinus Arnout Marie de Bruijn
Place and date of birth: Eindhoven, 8 October 1948
Place of residence: The Hague 
Civil status: married


1968: completed secondary education, Venlo
1968 - 1973: Political Sciences, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva 
1973 - 1974: War Studies, King’s College London
1974 - 1977: Law, University of Utrecht 


After graduating Tom de Bruijn joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he held various positions. At the start of his career he worked at the Treaties Department and the International Organisations Department, after which he became head of the General European Integration Affairs Section at the European Integration Department.

Between 1988 and 1992 he was posted as first secretary to the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva. After this he held the post of Deputy Director and later Director of the European Integration Department. In 1998 he was appointed Director-General for European Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From 2003 to 2011 Mr De Bruijn was the Dutch Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. In 2011 he joined the Council of State as State Councillor in the Advisory Division.

Between 2014 and 2018 he was a member of The Hague municipal executive for Democrats ‘66 (D66) with responsibility for finance, traffic, transport and the environment. He temporarily served as acting mayor of The Hague in March 2017. 

On 14 July 2021 it was announced that on 10 August 2021 Mr De Bruijn would be appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Party political positions and outside activities

Tom de Bruijn was previously chairman of the supervisory boards of the Clingendael Institute and the Germany Institute Amsterdam. He was also special adviser to the Task Force for Greece established by the European Commission.

Mr De Bruijn has also been a guest lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for History.