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International Social Responsibility

Professor Mirjam van Reisen appointed to Advisory Council on International Affairs

Press Release 14 May 2013 - Tilburg University

Mirjam van ReisenThe Cabinet of the Netherlands has appointed Professor Mirjam van Reisen, holder of the Marga Klompé chair, as a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) as of January 1. She will also be the Chair of the AIV’s Development Cooperation Committee. The Advisory Council on International Affairs is an independent advisory body that advises the government and the States-General on foreign policy, in particular human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration. Professor Van Reisen is affiliated with the Tilburg School of Humanities.

Van Reisen will be succeeding Dean Arie de Ruiter in this post. He held the post for nine years and will remain a member of the of the Permanent Committee on Development Cooperation.
The AIV provides advice and recommendations at the request of the government or the States-General, and also on its own initiative. The government members most closely involved are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The requests for recommendations, the advice and recommendations provided and government’s responses are a matter of public record.

Professor Mirjam van Reisen (b. 1962) studied Psychology of Culture and Religion and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. She worked as a researcher at Radboud University from 1989-1997 and she conducted research for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, UN agencies and various NGOs. She received her PhD in 2009 from Maastricht University for her dissertation on European development cooperation after the fall of the Berlin wall. She was a research consultant for the Nedworc Association in the Dutch town of Zeist from 1997 to 2003. She was a political advisor to Dutch Labor Party politician Max van den Berg and an advisor to the Eurostep network of NGOs. She set up the Europe External Policy Advisors agency in Brussels in 2003, and she is still the director of this organization. In 2010 she became a professor by special appointment at Tilburg University, holding the Marga Klompé chair in International Social Responsibility.
In 2012 she received a prestigious award from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia for her support of women in ending conflicts in Liberia and other countries.

Her appointment was one of the last official acts by Queen Beatrix, who last year unveiled a bust of Marga Klompé, the Netherlands’ first female government minister, during Tilburg University’s Dies Natalis celebration.Note to the editors
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