member of the European Parliament, PEPP rapporteur in Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, ECON

Education (qualifications and diplomas)

  • 1991-1991: University, Social science: History, State University of Leiden
  • 1993-1994: Post-doctoral training in management and public administration

Professional career

  • 1991-1993 : Translator
  • 1993-1994 : Trainee policy adviser, Gouda Council (Public service /Government (other areas))
  • 1994-1994 : Adviser to a Member of the European Parliament (EU institution (other areas))
  • 1996-2004 : Secretary-General, ELDR Group, Committee of the Regions (EU institution (other areas))

Political career

Offices held in a political party or national trade union

  • 1993-1994: Member of the executive committee, Delft section of D66
  • 2000-2003: Chair, Belgian section of D66

Other activities

  • 2009-2014: Chair, Humanistische Omroep (Humanist Broadcasting Foundation)
  • 2014- …: Member of the advisory board of Privacy International
  • 2014- …: Honorary Member of the National Secular Society



  • LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • D-TR Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee


  • ECON Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • FEMM Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
  • D-ME Delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee