Henk van der Zwan, ambassador Ottawa

Curriculum vitae

Name: HENK, Ary Christiaan, VAN DER ZWAN
Born: Leeuwarden (Netherlands) on May 20th 1956


  • 1975 European Baccalaureate at the European School in Luxembourg

  • 1983 Master degree (LLM) in Law, University of Leiden (Netherlands)
    Dutch civil and criminal law, international and European law, constitutional law

Profielfoto Henk van der Zwan - Ottawa

Work experience:

Henk van der Zwan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and was posted in Tunis (Tunisia) and in Brussels (Belgium) at the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, Director of the Department of Consular Affairs, Asylum and Migration at the Ministry in The Hague, Head of the United Nations Political Affairs Department, Directorate for Personnel and Management and as Head of the Private Office of the Permanent Undersecretary.

He then had the following assignments:

2002 - 2006 Principal Secretary to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix
2006 - 2010 Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Estonia
2010 - 2013 National Coordinator for International Positions
2013 - 2016 Inspector General of the Foreign Service
2016 - present Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada