Chairman Bio




Date of birth

Married, three children

Telephone (mobile)


Henk Cor van der Kwast


5th of January 1959


+41 79 322 08 18



Professional Experience

2013- Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament and Disarmament Ambassador at large
-Chair of the Conference on Disarmament
-EU Presidency Disarmament 2015 (Jan-June)
-Convention on certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Protocol V
-Chair Convention on Clustermunition States Parties Conference 2016
-Deputy Chair Disarmament Rev Con NPT
-Chair designate Prepcom NPT 2017


2011- 2013 Deputy Head of Mission/Head Economic and Political Department Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bangkok
-Head of the Political and Economic department
-General Management Embassy
-Member of the Board of the Netherlands Thai Chamber of Commerce
-Member of the Board of the Baan Hollanda Foundation (NL-Thai Museum Information Center)


2006 – 2011 Head Non-Proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
-Advisor to the Minister and the Director-General on policies, strategy, developments and programmes for Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Export control.
-Responsible for the development and execution of the non-proliferation disarmament and security policies of the Netherlands.
-Execution of these policies together with other Ministries, the National Coordinator Against Terrorism and the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands to the different International Organisations.
-Coordination of the policies towards the IAEA, other UN institutions, the NSG and other export regimes and Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. Instructions to the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands in Vienna towards the IAEA, the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, the Permanent Missions.
-Managing the division, its programmes.
-Supervision and coaching of the staff.


2003-2006 Chairman of the non-proliferation working group of the European Nuclear Energy Platform (ENEF). Deputy Head Political Department Western Europe / Section Head Southern Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

Netherlands Commissioner for the Benelux.


1999-2003 Counsellor Political affairs Netherlands Permanent Representation to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva

Chairman of the local Geneva group


1996-1999 Senior policy maker European Commission Brussels. Counsellor for Democratisation programmes with OSCE and UN programmes
Directorate-general External Relations (Commissioner Hans van den Broek)


1993-1996 Senior policy advisor International Organisation Department, Legal and Social Affairs (UN, EU, OSCE and Council of Europe) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands


1993 Taskforce Prepcom OPCW
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague MFA. Representing the Netherlands in the Prepcom OPCW.


1989-1992 H.M. Embassy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Secretary of Embassy and Deputy Chief of Mission


1987-1989 Policy advisor Western Hemisphere Department.


Education & rewards


“Chevalier dans l’Órdre de Mérite”  France (contributions to Franco-Dutch cooperation 2006).


1987 Diplomatic Training


1985-1986 Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy


1979-1985 Groningen University Contemporary History and International Law




Dutch native speaker. Fluent in English, French and German.