Appointment of ambassadors and new Deputy Secretary-General

The cabinet has approved the 19 ambassadorial appointments proposed by foreign minister Bert Koenders. The new ambassadors are expected to take office in the summer. The appointments will not be final until they are formally approved by the host countries concerned. A new Deputy Secretary-General will also be appointed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ambassadors and their duty stations are:

  • Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations Office and other international organisations (duty station: Geneva): Monique van Daalen, currently ambassador in Berlin
  • Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe (duty station: Strasbourg): Roeland Böcker, currently senior lawyer at the Legal Affairs Department
  • Bulgaria (duty station: Sofia): Bea ten Tusscher, currently ambassador in Oslo
  • Congo (duty station: Kinshasa): Robert Schuddeboom, currently consul-general in Istanbul
  • France (duty station: Paris): Pieter de Gooijer, currently Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels
  • Germany (duty station: Berlin): Wepke Kingma, currently Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels
  • Hungary (duty station: Budapest): René van Hell, currently Director of the International Enterprise Department
  • Ireland (duty station: Dublin): Peter Kok, currently ambassador in Luxemburg
  • Iraq (duty station: Baghdad): Matthijs Wolters, currently Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department
  • Jordan (duty station: Amman): Barbara Joziasse, currently ambassador in Muscat
  • Lebanon (duty station: Beirut): Jan Waltmans, currently ambassador in Baghdad
  • Luxembourg (duty station: Luxembourg): Han-Maurits Schaapveld, currently chargé d'affaires ad interim in Beirut
  • Norway (duty station: Oslo): Tom van Oorschot, currently ambassador in Sofia
  • Oman (duty station: Muscat): Laetitia van Asch, currently advisor to the Syria team in Istanbul
  • Slovakia (duty station: Bratislava): Henkcor van der Kwast, currently Ambassador for Disarmament to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
  • Tanzania (duty station: Dar es Salaam): Jeroen Verheul, currently Ambassador for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • Ukraine (duty station: Kiev): Ed Hoeks, currently ambassador in Prague
  • Yemen (duty station: Sana’a (temporarily The Hague)): Irma van Dueren, currently deputy ambassador in Bujumbura
  • Zimbabwe (duty station: Harare): Barbara van Hellemond, currently Head of Recruitment and Selection at the Human Resources Department.

Willem van Ee, the current Director of the Consular Affairs and Visa Policy Department, will become the new Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will succeed Ronald van Roeden who will be appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. Mr van Roeden’s current responsibilities include overseeing the Ministry’s move to its new premises on Rijnstraat in The Hague in July next year.