Date of birth
Married, three children
|Henk Cor van der Kwast
5th of January 1959
+41 79 322 08 18
|2013-||Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament and Disarmament Ambassador at large
-Chair of the Conference on Disarmament
-EU Presidency Disarmament 2015 (Jan-June)
-Convention on certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Protocol V
-Chair Convention on Clustermunition States Parties Conference 2016
-Deputy Chair Disarmament Rev Con NPT
-Chair designate Prepcom NPT 2017
|2011- 2013||Deputy Head of Mission/Head Economic and Political Department Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bangkok
-Head of the Political and Economic department
-General Management Embassy
-Member of the Board of the Netherlands Thai Chamber of Commerce
-Member of the Board of the Baan Hollanda Foundation (NL-Thai Museum Information Center)
|2006 – 2011||Head Non-Proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
-Advisor to the Minister and the Director-General on policies, strategy, developments and programmes for Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Export control.
-Responsible for the development and execution of the non-proliferation disarmament and security policies of the Netherlands.
-Execution of these policies together with other Ministries, the National Coordinator Against Terrorism and the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands to the different International Organisations.
-Coordination of the policies towards the IAEA, other UN institutions, the NSG and other export regimes and Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. Instructions to the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands in Vienna towards the IAEA, the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, the Permanent Missions.
-Managing the division, its programmes.
-Supervision and coaching of the staff.
|2003-2006||Chairman of the non-proliferation working group of the European Nuclear Energy Platform (ENEF). Deputy Head Political Department Western Europe / Section Head Southern Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Netherlands Commissioner for the Benelux.
|1999-2003||Counsellor Political affairs Netherlands Permanent Representation to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva
Chairman of the local Geneva group
|1996-1999||Senior policy maker European Commission Brussels. Counsellor for Democratisation programmes with OSCE and UN programmes
Directorate-general External Relations (Commissioner Hans van den Broek)
|1993-1996||Senior policy advisor International Organisation Department, Legal and Social Affairs (UN, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
|1993||Taskforce Prepcom OPCW
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague MFA. Representing the Netherlands in the Prepcom OPCW.
|1989-1992||H.M. Embassy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Secretary of Embassy and Deputy Chief of Mission
|1987-1989||Policy advisor Western Hemisphere Department.
Education & rewards
“Chevalier dans l’Órdre de Mérite” France (contributions to Franco-Dutch cooperation 2006).
|1985-1986||Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy
|1979-1985||Groningen University Contemporary History and International Law
Dutch native speaker. Fluent in English, French and German.