Diederick joined the Clingendael Institute as an Academy Fellow in February 2022. He coordinates, develops and implements a wide range of training courses for e.g., Dutch, European, and international diplomats, civil servants and policy makers.
Before joining the Clingendael Institute he worked as a Parliamentary Works Assistant for the European People’s Party in the European Parliament. He provided secretarial, administrative and political support to Members of European parliament, working together with Parliament’s Administration and the Group Secretariat.
Diederick has specialised in the nexus between ideology and foreign policy decisions; analysing how (political) theories are transformed into political practice. He has a special interest in emerging technology and tech companies, how they shape our society and what their influence is on international relations.
Before working in Brussels Diederick followed the extensive course on international affairs (LBB) at the Clingendael Institute. Diederick holds a Cum Laude MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He received his bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Applied Sciences Ede.