Bio Heads of Mission

Bio Mr Robert de Groot

Professional Career

May 2017      Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands
                        to the European Union
2011-2016     Director General for European Cooperation, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2008-2011     Deputy Director General for Political Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
2005-2008     Director Security Policy Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign
                        Affairs, The Hague
2002-2005     Head of the Bureau of the Secretary-General, Netherlands Ministry of
                        Foreign Affairs, The Hague
1998-2002     Foreign Policy Advisor to the Netherlands Prime Minister, Ministry of
                        General Affairs, The Hague
1989-1998     After joining the Netherlands Foreign Service (1989), Robert de Groot held
                        various positions within the Foreign Ministry and abroad

Military service

1987-1988     Military Service, Officer Infantry (reserve)

Educational background

1980-1987     MA in Monetary Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), The Netherlands

Bio Mr Michael Stibbe

Professional Career

2021   Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I)

2016-2021   Diplomatic advisor to the Prime Minister on EU-affairs, Ministry of General Affairs, The Hague

2013-2015   Director for Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague

2009-2013   Deputy Director Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague

2005-2009   Head of the Political Section, Netherlands Embassy, Berlin

2000-2005   Head of the Task Force, Financial Perspectives 2007-2013, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Integration Directorate, the Hague

1998-2000   Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy, Skopje

1996-2000   2nd Secretary, Development Department, Netherlands Embassy, Belgrade

1994-1996   Africa Directorate – East Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Bio Mrs Delphine Pronk

Professional carreer

2000 – 2001    European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, Parliamentary assistant to MEP
2001 – 2003    Policy officer European Integration Department, Justice and Home Affairs
2002                Internship, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe
2003 – 2005    Senior policy advisor to the Director-General for European Cooperation
2005 – 2006    Deputy head political& cultural affairs Royal Netherlands Embassy, Brussels, Belgium
2006 – 2008    Senior policy advisor Human Rights and Peacebuilding Department
2008 – 2011    Head of Communication Unit – EU affairs
2011 – 2012    Projectleader Modernisation of Diplomacy
2012 – 2014    Secondment at EU Delegation in Dakar, Senegal, responsible for Human Rights, Communication and Consular Coordination
2014 – 2017    Coordinator Diplomatic Network, Head of Regional Desk ‘Atlas’
2017 – 2020    Head International Enterprise, DG Foreign Economic Relations, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
August 2020    Ambassador/ Representative of the Netherlands to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union

Educational background

2000 MA in Public Administration (Erasmus University Rotterdam), The Netherlands