H.E. Mr. Hendrik Gerrit Cornelis VAN DEN DOOL
Henk van den Dool (Dordrecht, June 4th, 1961) studied History at the University of Amsterdam, where he graduated with honors (“cum laude”) in 1986. After having worked as a journalist, he entered the Diplomatic Service of the Netherlands in 1987. He held various positions, both within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and in bilateral and multilateral representations abroad: Brussels-EU (1990-1993), Geneva-UN (1996-1998) and Warsaw (2002-2006).
From 1998 to 2002 Henk van den Dool served as Private Secretary to the Minister for Development Co-operation, H.E. Ms. Eveline Herfkens. In 2008 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Albania in Tirana. He held this position until the summer of 2012, when he became Head of the Baltic Mission, comprising the Dutch Embassies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Latvia in Riga.
In the summer of 2015, Henk van den Dool was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade. He is also accredited to Montenegro.
The main areas of expertise and interest of Ambassador Van den Dool are European Integration, Human Rights and transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ambassador Van den Dool has two sons, Jip Sebastiaan and Casper Jarek. His partner is Katarzyna (Kasia) Anna Pawelska.
About the Netherlands
The Dutch – all 16 and a half million of them – live in 41,526 square kilometres, little more than half the size of Scotland. This makes the Netherlands one of the world’s most densely populated countries.
The Netherlands is best known for its tulips, windmills and clogs. And for its low altitude and vulnerability to flooding. Less well known is that the Netherlands has the tenth largest economy in the world, and ranks sixteenth in GDP. Equally little known is that the Dutch have won Nobel prizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, economics and peace or that the world’s planners and architects flock here to learn about Dutch solutions for this crowded country.
Doing business with the Netherlands
Dutch diplomatic missions and business support offices – acting closely with The NL Agency – provide useful business leads and contacts.
Most diplomatic missions and business support offices have staff who can help you with trade requests or introduce you to different trade programmes.
The NL Agency is a bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. It is the Dutch government’s central organ for promoting Dutch companies in foreign markets and for supporting private sector development in emerging markets. The agency provides Dutch companies with information and services critical for pursuing new opportunities in all markets. The agency provides Dutch companies with information and services critical for pursuing new opportunities in all markets. In addition, it provides financial support for activities contributing to sustainable private sector development in emerging markets.