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It’s time to announce our keynote speakers! We are proud and honored to present to you:

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is a diplomat, politician, and academic from the Netherlands. After graduating with an LL.M degree from Leiden University in 1974, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer served in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (1974-1976). Subsequently, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs from 1976 to 1986, including at the Dutch embassy in Ghana. Mr. De Hoop Scheffer then worked representing the Netherlands at the Permanent Delegation to NATO in Brussels until 1980. From 2004-2009, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer served as the 11th Secretary General of NATO. Also in 2009, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer was appointed to Leiden University’s  Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law, and Security. Today Mr. De Hoop Scheffer works as a Professor Emeritus focusing on peace, law and security, and lecturing on international politics and diplomacy. During our event we are honored to have Mr. De Hoop Scheffer give the closing keynote address.

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is an expert in a variety of fields including women and gender in international relations, peace and security, and arms control and disarmament. Since 2013, Ms. De Jonge Oudraat has served as President of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to furthering the leadership and professional development of women in international peace and security. Prior to, Ms. De Jonge Oudraat was the Founder and Executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America. Ms. De Jonge Oudraat has also held positions as Senior Advisor to the US Institute of Peace’s Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, associate vice president and director of the U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program, and held a senior position at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva. At our event, we are honored to have Ms. De Jonge Oudraat give the opening keynote address.

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