The Permanent Representative

The Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Karel J.G. van Oosterom.

Karel J. G. van Oosterom is the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York, and presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 5th, 2013.

Mr. van Oosterom's most recent posting was as the Director-General for Political Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2011. Prior to that, between 2006 and 2011, he was Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor to the Prime Minister. A career diplomat for almost 30 years, he held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, from 2002 to 2006. During a six-year stint in the Ministry's European Affairs Department, he served most recently as the Department's Deputy Director from 2000 to 2002, as well as Head and Deputy Head of the Western European Division from 1998 to 2000 and from 1996 to 1998 respectively.

Among his other posts, Mr. van Oosterom was based in Damascus, from 1992 to 1996, at the Netherlands Embassy as First Secretary. He served in the Atlantic and Security Policy Department in The Hague from 1988 to 1992. His first role after his diplomatic training course was a two-year stint as Third Secretary of the Netherlands Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

Before beginning his diplomatic career, he worked as Project secretary for the Netherlands Management Association in 1984 and served from 1982 to 1984 as a platoon commander (rank lieutenant)  in the Royal Netherlands Army in the Grenadiers Guards Regiment. He has published various articles on management in government organizations.

Born in Utrecht in January 1958, Mr. van Oosterom holds a degree in contemporary history from Utrecht University.

He is married to Mrs. Anna S. van Oosterom-Niessen, with one son, Gustaaf J.F. van Oosterom.

Mr. van Oosterom's favorite soccer team is the one in which his son plays. Furthermore he is a collector of the work of Joost Swarte. He enjoys listening to new wave, alternative and indie music.

The Deputy Permanent Representative

Lise Gregoire-van Haaren is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York since October 2016.

Before joining the Permanent Mission in New York, Mrs. Gregoire-van Haaren was Head of the Political Affairs department in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, a post she held since 2013. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2013, she was Counsellor (Antici) at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union in Brussels.

Her first posting abroad was at the Netherlands Embassy in Paris, as First Secretary Political Affairs, from 2005 to 2009. In the run-up to that posting, she studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. After fulfilling her diplomatic training, she held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Advisor to the Director-General Regional Policy and Consular Affairs (2001-2004) as well as Policy Officer EU asylum and Migration policy (2000-2001).

Before beginning her diplomatic career, she worked as a Policy Officer at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands in The Hague and at the Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels. During and after her studies, she did several traineeships in Paris, Utrecht and Ankara.

Born in Ede in August 1974, Mrs. Gregoire-van Haaren holds a degree in Business Communication Studies from Radboud University Nijmegen. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Strasbourg (Promotion Martin Luther King). During her studies in Nijmegen she did a one year Erasmus-exchange at the Ecole commerciale de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industries de Paris. She holds several certificates of Italian language studies at Universita’ degli studi di Firenze.

She is married to Mr. Emile Gregoire, with one son, Guy Gregoire.

Mrs. Gregoire-van Haaren loves spending time with the family and enjoys the outdoors, hiking in the forest with the dog or getting a breath of fresh air on the beach. She likes discovering new things through travel, reading and cultural activities.

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