Özlem Canel, Ambassador

Curriculum Vitae

Özlem Canel

26 September 1972

Married to:
Adnan Buğday

1991 - 1997
      University of Amsterdam (Master degree in Law)


Entered the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998 and worked in junior positions at the Ministry in The Hague at the UN Department, the Consular Department and the Asia and Pacific Department.

2004-2006         Seconded Dutch diplomat to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (European Affairs department)

2006-2008         Deputy Head of the Political and Press Department, Netherlands embassy in Brussels

2008-2009         Seconded to UN and EU Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (OHR) in Sarajevo, as Head of the International Liaison Office

2009-2011         Spokesperson for the Minister for European Affairs (Frans Timmermans)

2011-2013         Coordinator Europe Department

2013-2015         Deputy Ambassador, Netherlands embassy in Baku/Azerbaijan

2015-2020         Deputy Ambassador, Netherlands embassy in Helsinki/Finland

2020–present  Ambassador, Netherlands embassy in Tallinn/Estonia