The Embassy and Consulates | Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canada

The Ambassador: Henk van der Zwan

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Name:          HENK Ary Christiaan VAN DER ZWAN      

Born:           Leeuwarden (Netherlands) on May 20th 1956

Married to:    Jolijn Eikeboom, with one daughter


Official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1985



1975 European Baccalaureat at the European School in Luxembourg

1983 Masters degree (LLM) in Law, University of Leiden (Netherlands), Dutch civil and criminal law, international and European law, constitutional law)

Henk van der Zwan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and was posted in Tunis (Tunisia) and in Brussels (Belgium) at the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, as well as in the ministry in The Hague at the Department Consular Affairs, Asylum and Migration, at the United Nations Political Affairs Department, at the Directorate for Personnel and Management and at the Private Office of the Permanent Undersecretary.


He then had the following assignments:

2002 - 2006    Principal Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen

2006 - 2010    Ambassador of the Netherlands to Estonia 

2010 - 2013    National Coordinator for International Positions

2013 - 2016    Chief Inspector of the Foreign Service