Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Hans Docter (1966) is Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The department for Sustainable Economic Development works to achieve a good business climate and stimulate entrepreneurship in developing countries. Amongst other things, the department for Sustainable Economic Development contributes to sustainable trade, improving access to finance, building harbors and roads, creating jobs for youth and women and promoting Public-Private-Partnerships.
Hans believes the Dutch aid, trade and investment agenda is innovative and progressive. “Sustainable and inclusive economic development play a crucial part in eradicating poverty world-wide”. In order to achieve this, the Dutch government works together with the private sector, NGOs, local governments and financial institutions. Investing in inclusive sustainable development pays off. In 2016, the Netherlands created 217 thousand jobs and improved the income of 1,9 million farmers in developing countries.
As the former ambassador in Ghana, Hans has realized that the Dutch Aid and Trade agenda has a big impact locally.
Mr. Docter has a long history in Foreign Policy. He was the Dutch special envoy for Ebola and was the project leader of the Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands. Previously he was the Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ethiopia and Kenya. He also has extensive work experience in Indonesia and Russia.
Mr. Docter studied Law at the University of Amsterdam.