Marriët Schuurman – Human Rights Ambassador in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
As of 1 January 2019, Marriët Schuurman has been appointed as Human Rights Ambassador in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2018, she coordinated the Dutch membership of the UN Security Council. Previously, she served as the NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (2014-2017). In this position, she represented NATO as its high level focal point on Women, Peace and Security; Protection of Civilians; as well as Children and Armed Conflict.
Ambassador Schuurman is a career diplomat who has served in several countries and regions and in a variety of priority policy areas of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was the Dutch Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (2011-2014). She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Cooperation to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sudan and she held the position of Head of the Great Lakes Unit in the Sub-Sahara Africa Department. Previous duties include Deputy Head of Cooperation in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lusaka, humanitarian assistance officer in the Ministry’s Western Balkans Task Force and political officer in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow.
Ambassador Schuurman has held several board positions including the Presidency of the Works Council of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidency of the Dutch language school in Lusaka as well as the Presidency of the Council of the University of Amsterdam. She is an Advisory Board member of Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels.
Ambassador Schuurman holds a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from the University of Amsterdam with a minor in Law. In 2016, she was granted a doctorate honoris causa in Public Service by the University of Maryland. She was born in Creil (North-East Polder, Netherlands).