On this page we introduce you to our colleagues at our Embassy:
Ton Akkerman, DVM
Agriculture Counselor to the US, Puerto Rico and Canada, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC
Ton Akkerman has been the Agriculture Counselor to the US, Puerto, and Canada since August of 2014 where he represents the Dutch agricultural interests.
Before this, Ton was Minister Counselor for veterinary affairs from 2011 – 2014 in The Hague. Ton has been the Agriculture Counselor before in the Dutch Caribbean and Surinam, and before that, he was the Veterinary Counselor of the Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
In this role, he was also responsible for veterinary affairs during the Netherlands EU presidency in 2004. Ton has great experience in dealing effectively with zoonotic and animal disease outbreaks.
He was Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer during the FMD outbreak in 2001; during the Avian Influenza in 2003 Ton was Acting Chief Veterinary Officer. From 1999 - 2001, he was asked to prepare the expansion of the European Union in 2004 with 10 new “member states” with regards to food and veterinary related affairs from his post as Veterinary Attaché in Budapest, Hungary.
Ton graduated from Utrecht University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian in the fields of compendium animals and horses.
Remco F. Zeeuw
Economic Minister, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington DC
Remco Zeeuw (1966) started working as Economic Minister at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC in August 2013. In this capacity he is responsible for bilateral trade and investment promotion, trade policy, and World Bank relations. Previously, he held several positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, most recently as deputy director European Affairs. He was Head of Delegation for the Netherlands and vice-Chairman of the European Commission’s Economic Policy Committee (2010-2014). Previously, Remco worked amongst others for the European Commission (2006-2010) and the Netherlands Ministry of Finance (1996-2000). Remco Zeeuw studied econometrics at the University of Amsterdam. He is married and has four children.
On trade between the Netherlands and the United States, and with Texas in particular, Remco states the following. The US-Dutch trade and investment relation is solid. The Netherlands is the number one destination of American foreign investments and The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of largest foreign investors in the US. We are very proud of the trust that over 3000 American companies have put in our economy and political system by investing in The Netherlands. We are convinced that The Netherlands is the best place to set up shop in Europe and that there are many opportunities for Texan companies to do business in the Netherlands. If needed, we stand ready to support them.
On this side of the pond, Dutch companies are very happy with the pro-business attitude in Texas at the State, regional and country level. We work with our Texan partners to help Dutch companies in Texas to connect, compete, grow and create new jobs!
As a result the economic ties between Texas and The Netherlands 85.000 jobs are created in Texas. I am hopeful that we can create even more jobs in Texas. After all, Texas and The Netherlands have a partnership that works.
Attaché for Infrastructure & Environment at the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Washington, D.C)
Jan Peelen is Attaché for Infrastructure & Environment at the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Washington, D.C), where he is responsible for infrastructure, smart cities, climate resilience and sustainable economic growth.
Jan has been in the U.S. since 2014 and had developed a special interest in Texas over the years. ‘ A lot of people only think of oil & gas, when they talk about Texas, but there is much more interesting stuff going on: they are really making progress on sustainable energy and the city of Austin is considered one of the leading ‘smart cities’ in the US’, says Jan. The rapid growth of Texan cities and projects like the Ike-dike or the Central Texas Railway are also being followed with great interest.
Before his posting in the US, Jan worked as the program officer for the Dutch International Water Policy Program: he coordinated the overall program and was responsible for various initiatives to promote the Dutch water & maritime industry.
Jan started his career with the Dutch national government as a specialist on environmental impact assessments. He later became a strategic advisor and project manager for various national energy & transportation infrastructure projects in The Netherlands and was involved in the development of new policies and regulations for these type of projects.
Jan holds an M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam and serves on the Advisory Board of the ‘Emerging Leaders in Environmental & Energy Policy’ (ELEEP) network.
First Secretary- Royal Netherlands Embassy Washington D.C.
Vincent Storimans (1979) is a Dutch diplomat who serves as First Secretary at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. since December 2015.
In this position he works on Trade Promotion, Energy and the Embassy’s Holland on the Hill Program. Prior to his posting in the US Vincent served as Private Secretary to the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen (2013 –2015). From 2011-2013 he worked at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Beijing as Second Secretary. In that role he was responsible for the (Renewable) Energy and Finance Portfolio. From 2009-2011 he worked at the Non-proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. In this position his responsibilities included the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
He represented the Netherlands as a member of delegation at international meetings and conferences, including EU Council Secretariat Working Groups on Disarmament in Brussels, BTWC Expert Meetings and Meetings of States Parties in Geneva, Wilton Park conferences in Steyning (UK) and the UNGA First Committee Session in New York. Before he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he held positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, working on trade relations with Turkey, and the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (2007-2009).
Vincent Storimans holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam (2006).
Coordinator Embassy's Water Management
Dale Morris is our colleague from the Royal Netherlands Embassy. He coordinates the Embassy’s Water Management efforts in the United States, in particular in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, California, and Virginia. This work is focused through a “sustainability” lens: flood protection and flood risk mitigation, coastal and floodplain restoration, ecosystem resiliency, urban climate adaptation, smart planning and urban water management. Morris is a co-director of Dutch Dialogues (New Orleans and Virginia), and member of various water-management advisory boards and steering committees in Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Morris also provides analyses of US macro-economic developments, monitors US fiscal and monetary policy, US federal budget, tax and appropriations policies, and is a long-standing member of the Embassy’s Pension Advisory Board. Morris previously worked in the U.S. Congress, served in the US Air Force, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Virginia, and is an avid motorcyclist, hockey fan and white-water junkie.
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