Ambassador Jeroen Verheul obtained his Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1985. He has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in different positions since then. His main area of focus has been development co-operation, with extensive experience in developing countries and on policymaking and implementation of development policies. He also has worked in other fields such as humanitarian assistance, consular policy and European integration.

Ambassador Verheul has been posted in countries such as Cameroon, Zambia and Ethiopia. He spent 5 years with the OECD in Paris as Deputy Permanent Representative and delegate to the Development Assistance Committee.  Subsequently he was appointed Netherlands’ Ambassador to Uganda (2007-2012) and Yemen (2012-2014). Between 2014 and 2017 he was appointed as Ambassador at large within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. In that period he was responsible for external representation of the Minister for Foreign Trade and International Development, a.o. as the Special Envoy of Minister Ploumen in her capacity as Co-Chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. Since August 2017 he has assumed the position of Netherlands’ Ambassador to Dar es Salaam, accredited to the Governments of Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Comoros as well as to the East African Community.

Ambassador Verheul is married with two children.