Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam

​Ambassador-in-Residence and Development Advisor
Boudewijn J. van Eenennaam is a Dutch diplomat with more than 40 years of experience in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs working on issues of transatlantic relations, defense and security, nuclear security, EU foreign and security policy, the UN, human rights, refugees, health, intellectual property, and peace-keeping and peace-enforcement. He has been Ambassador-in-Residence and Development Advisor at The Hague Institute since 2011.

Boudewijn van Eenennaam served at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 2012 where he held positions as:

  • Director of the Atlantic Cooperation and Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague,
  • Counselor, Head of Political Department at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC,
  • Counselor, Political Advisor at the Netherlands Permanent Representation at NATO Headquarters in Brussels,
  • Director-General for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague,
  • Ambassador to the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Bahamas, in Washington DC,
  • Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva,
  • Netherlands Sherpa to the Nuclear Security Summit 2012.

Van Eenennaam studied Law at the University of Leiden, specialising in constitutional law and international cooperation after the Second World War. He also studied Dramaturgy in Leiden, published articles on politico-military security issues and a book on the issue of deployment of US cruise missiles in the Netherlands.

He held responsibilities as main political advisor to Foreign Ministers, Chair of the Presidency of the Political Committee of the European Union, Vice-President of the Human Rights Council, Chairman of the Western Group of the Human Rights Council, Vice-President of the ICRC Conference, Chairman of the Executive Committee UNHCR, Chairman of the Working Group for the Accession of Afghanistan to the WTO and Netherlands Representative to international organisations like UNHCR, WHO, ICRC, IOM, CERN and WIPO.

He worked on trans-Atlantic relations, politico-military issues, defense cooperation, nuclear issues, arms control, Dutch military participation in peace-keeping and peace-enforcement missions, nuclear security and safety, CSCE, EU common foreign and security policy, multi- and bilateral political and economic relations, promotion of Dutch business interests, trade and investment, art and culture, public diplomacy, Dutch support after the hurricanes in Louisiana, and explained Dutch positions on moral and ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia, drugs and policies on the Middle-East, the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.

Topical and Regional Expertise: Civil-Military Affairs; Transatlantic Relations; Dutch Foreign Policy

Languages Spoken

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German

Regional Expertise/Focus

The Hague & The Netherlands

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Recent Work