The Head of mission

Ahlan wasahlan! Welcome to the website of the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah. Since September 2018 represent the Netherlands to the Palestinian Authority here.

Who is Kees van Baar

Kees van Baar is the Netherlands Representative to the Palestinian Territories since September 2018. From August 2014 until August 2018 he served as the Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Before that, he was the first Netherlands Ambassador to South Sudan.

During his diplomatic career, he also served at the Netherlands embassies in Lusaka, Moscow, Jakarta and Nairobi and at the ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague where he worked on a range of issues like security, arms control, human rights, environment, fragile states, peace keeping and building, reconstruction and development.
 

From 2009 to 2011 Kees van Baar was the Country Director Kenya for the PharmAccess Foundation, a Dutch organization that works on affordable access to quality healthcare in Africa.

His educational background is in History, International Relations and Development Economics.