Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – Preparatory Committee for the Tenth Review Conference

Chairperson’s bio

NameHenk Cor van der Kwast
Date of birth5th of January 1959
Married, three children
Telephone (mobile)+41 79 322 08 18

Professional Experience

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- 2013Deputy 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 – 2011Head 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. 
2003-2006Chairman 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 NetherlandsNetherlands Commissioner for the Benelux. 
1999-2003Counsellor Political affairs Netherlands Permanent Representation to the United Nations and other international organisations in GenevaChairman of the local Geneva group 
1996-1999Senior policy maker European Commission Brussels. Counsellor for Democratisation programmes with OSCE and UN programmes
Directorate-general External Relations (Commissioner Hans van den Broek) 
1993-1996Senior policy advisor International Organisation Department, Legal and Social Affairs (UN, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands 
1993Taskforce Prepcom OPCW
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague MFA. Representing the Netherlands in the Prepcom OPCW. 
1989-1992H.M. Embassy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Secretary of Embassy and Deputy Chief of Mission 
1987-1989Policy advisor Western Hemisphere Department.

Education and rewards

“Chevalier dans l’Órdre de Mérite”  France (contributions to Franco-Dutch cooperation 2006).

1987Diplomatic Training 
1985-1986Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy
1979-1985Groningen University Contemporary History and International Law


Dutch native speaker. Fluent in English, French and German.