Monday, June 16

Meline Arakelian, born in Armenia, initiated the Pillar European Youth Club NL in 2003. She has organized seminars on Tolerance in Europe and wrote her dissertation on Human rights violations by the occupying power in Iraq. Since 2007 she works for the Ministry Foreign Affairs, first Human rights officer and later on as a Political officer at the Dutch embassy in Cairo. Currently she is a senior policy officer of North America and Kingdom Affairs at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Renee Jones-Bos currently serves as the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Her experience in the field of diplomacy and foreign affairs is from 1987-1990, Jones-Bos was First Secretary at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, before serving as head of recruitment and training at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1990-1994. Besides, Jones-Bos has served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the Netherlands Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, and from 1998-2000, she was Head of the Security Council Task Force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jones- Bos was Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2000-2003, before becoming Deputy Director-General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2005. She was Director General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs from 2005-2008.

Alexandra Valkenburg is Head Human Rights and Political and Legal Affairs Division, at the Multilateral Organizations and Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She gained experience in the field of IR and human rights in Guatemala, Suriname and New York.

Simone Halink has worked for Bits of Freedom, an organization that seeks to advance online human rights such as Internet privacy and careful use of personal information. She has an academic background in Law, which she studied in both Amsterdam and New York. Currently she works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Judy Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and American history, art and landscape architecture. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several boards and advisory groups. Judith grew up in Great Neck, Long Island.

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