Benschop Dick - Netherlands

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State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

He studied history at the Free University of Amsterdam, where he specialised in contemporary history and international security and deterrence. After graduation, he went on to teach history at a secondary school in Den Helder.

From 1986 to 1992, he worked in The Hague as a personal assistant to several major politicians of the Dutch labour party PvdA, assisting them in their work in parliament: firstly as personal assistant to former Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, subsequently to party leader (and current Prime Minister) Wim Kok, and later to parliamentary party leader Thijs Wφltgens.

Subsequently, he became the director of the PvdA party offices in Amsterdam, in a time of change and renewal within the party.

In 1994, he became an independent consultant, working for, among others, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Aegon Insurance company and several ministries.

In 1996, he was appointed Media Commissioner, responsible for financial supervision of public media.

In 1998, Dick Benschop was appointed State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the second Kok government, especially responsible for European affairs and international cultural policy. Meanwhile, he functions as a deputy to the Foreign Minister.

Dick Benschop is also secretary of the Dr J.M. den Uyl Foundation and has served on the boards of Cosmic Illusion Production and the "Ons Huis" housing association in Amsterdam, of which he was also Supervisory Director.