The ambassador

Biography of the Dutch ambassador in Israel, Mr. Hans Docter.

Hans Docter

Ambassador Hans Docter (1966) serves in Israel since August 2019. Before his appointment to Israel, he was the Director for Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador for Private Sector & Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

Hans Docter was Dutch ambassador to Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo from 2013-2016.

He also served as special envoy for the Dutch Government during the Ebola crisis in West Africa, coordinating the Dutch efforts to help eradicate the disease.

In 2015 he was the senior communications advisor for the government during the Dutch referendum on the EU association agreement with Ukraine.

In 2014 he was sent to Ukraine to assist in the repatriation effort of the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

Previously Hans Docter served as Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ethiopia and Kenya. He also served in Indonesia and Russia.

Hans Docter has a degree in law from the University of Amsterdam. He has been together with his partner Kees van Baar, who is also a Dutch diplomat, since 1990.