Premier Perspectives: Professor Jan Peter Balkenende

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On 17 June, the Institute welcomed former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende for the third installment of Premier Perspectives, a unique edition of the Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Prof. Balkenende’s lecture focused on “Global Justice and Corporate Responsibility: Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sustainable Innovation.”

Prof. Balkenende, who led the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010, was one of the longest-serving Prime Ministers in Dutch history and is one of the leading European politicians of the past decade.

After his premiership, Balkenende retired from active politics and became a Partner of Corporate Responsibility for Ernst & Young and a professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalization at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

On 4 February 2014, the Institute first welcomed Prof. Balkenende for a Distinguished Speaker Series lecture on the topic of “Sustainable Development and Global Justice.” On 17 June, Prof. Balkenende returned to the Institute to discuss the relationship between global justice, corporate responsibility and sustainable innovation.


  • Jan Peter Balkenende
    Former Prime Minister, The Netherlands
    Topic: Global Justice and Corporate Responsibility: Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sustainable Innovation
  • Dr. Abiodun Williams, Moderator
    President, The Hague Institute


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