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An evening with the Dutch Ambassador Erica Schouten

28th Nov
6:45pm to 9:00pm
Hilton Sydney Level 2 Room 2  || 488 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

For Dutchlink’s last regular event of 2017, we are honoured to announce that the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia Erica Schouten will join us and share her story. 

As a first time ambassador in a bilateral setting, Erica enjoys the width and the depth of the relationship with Australia, an excellent foundation for a very positive and constructive agenda. As like-minded countries, the Netherlands and Australia work closely together in the international arena on issues of common concern. Bilaterally, the Netherlands and Australia can benefit enormously form each other when they team up. One of the special characteristics of being the Dutch ambassador to Australia is the close connection with the Dutch community, especially the migrants who came to Australia in the ‘50s and ‘60s or later, and decided to stay, but will always carry a bit of orange in their DNA.

Profile of Erica Schouten
Erica Schouten was appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia in 2016. She is also accredited to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Nauru. Erica lives in Canberra with her husband and teenage son.

After completing her studies in political science in Amsterdam, and a few years at the EU-division of the Ministry of Sicla Affairs, Erica started her career at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. After several positions in the Hague with a focus on EU-affairs, and a stint at the Dutch delegation to the United Nations in New York, she worked as the Head of Security and Defence Policy department in The Hague, where she was responsible for EU Common Defence and Security Policy and NATO-affairs. She spent two years in Warsaw as the Deputy Head of Mission, before taking up the position of Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO from 2012 until 2016.
What transpires from Erica’s career so far is a strong focus on security policy and multilateralism. Erica is convinced that for a country like the Netherlands’ strong multilateral organisations are crucial, as they set norms and standards that provide the rules of the road and create a level playing field for all. She also very much likes the creative approach that is needed to reach agreements with multiple negotiating partners that may have very different views and interests. From a better understanding of what motivates others, she looks for common ground.

Important information
Walk in from 6:30pm. The presentation starts starts 7:00pm. After the presenation, we will go to the Marble Bar for drinks (at own expense). 
Please note that due to limited spaces registering by e-mail only ( is necessary for this event.
There are separate rsvp lists for the AGM and Erica Schouten's presentation. If you would like to attend both events, please specify this in your e-mail. 

Members: Free
Non-members: $10 cash upon arrival


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