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Hans Hoogeveen

Dr. Hans Hoogeveen is Professor of Practice of Natural Resource Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

In 2007, Dr. Hoogeveen was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet of Ministers as Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, responsible for International and European Affairs, Agrochain, Trade, Fisheries and implementation of European Union policies.

Recently, Dr. Hoogeveen served as President of the Seventh Sessionof the United Nations Forum on Forests that adopted in 2007, under his leadership, an international instrument on forests which was called a landmark achievement by the UN Secretary General after fifteen years of stalled international negotiations. For his achievements within the Forum, Dr. Hoogeveen received an UN award during the High-Level Special Event on the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the international forest instrument. He also served, amongst others, as President of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Facilitator of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

In his capacity as Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Dr. Hoogeveen is currently also leading a Dutch Task Force on agriculture for post-war reconstruction in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. Furthermore, Dr. Hoogeveen is the Senior Advisor on Water and Food Security issues to the Royal Crown Prince of the Netherlands in his role as Chair of the United Nations Advisory Board on Sanitationand Wayer. Besides his government affiliation, Dr. Hoogeveen serves onseveral Boards in the field of sustainable development, including theSustainability Challenge Foundation in the Netherlands and ForestTrends, a leading International NGO on innovative natural resourcepolicy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hoogeveen is also a Lead Author of the Global Forest Expert Group (GFEP) on the International Forest Regime, as established within the framework of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), and coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Dr. Hoogeveen has published several articles on natural resourcepolicy and is currently co-authoring with Professor Moomaw, Professor Najam and Dr. Verkooijen, Senior Fellow at Fletcher, a book on sustainable development diplomacy. 

Dr. Hoogeveen received his doctorate degree from Wageningen University, in close collaboration with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also received a masters degree in International Law and a Master's degree in Public Administration. More recently, he finished a Senior Managers in Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Professor of Practice of Natural Resource Policy

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The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155