H.E. Professor Jaap De Hoop Scheffer
Prof. de Hoop Scheffer is a former Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Secretary-General of NATO (2004–2009). He currently holds the chair on International Relations and Diplomatic Practice at the Campus The Hague of the University of Leiden. During his diplomatic career, Prof. de Hoop Scheffer served at

the Netherland’s Embassy in Accra (Ghana) and later at the Permanent Delegation to NATO in Brussels. He was subsequently in charge of the private office of four

successive Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the States General for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA)

in June 1986, becoming the party’s spokesperson on foreign policy and served on the Permanent Committees on Justice, European Affairs and Defence. In 1990,

during the Gulf crisis, he served as the Western European Union (WEU) rapporteur on the consequences of the invasion of Kuwait and continuing operations in the

Gulf region. He also served as Leader of the CDA parliamentary party in the House of Representatives. Prof. de Hoop Scheffer studied Law at Leiden University.

Currently he serves on the Board of Air France-KLM and is the Chairman of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He is a Council member on the European Council on Foreign Relations and holds different positions in non-profit organizations.