Cate van Kessel

Former Training and Research Fellow


  • Diplomatic practice
  • Negotiation & mediation in conflict resolution
  • Personal effectiveness

Cate van Kessel joined Clingendael as a Training and Research Fellow from August 2018 until August 2019. Currently, she is focusing on coordinating and implementing training on diplomatic practice and capacity building. Alongside this work, Cate delivers international skills training for foreign diplomats and other international professionals.

Before joining Clingendael’s Academy, Cate worked at Dialogue Advisory Group on political projects for promoting dialogue and mediation in armed conflicts. She is a certified university lecturer, and taught and designed courses in the field of conflict studies, strategic security and politics at the Political Science Department of the University of Amsterdam. Here, she also was program manager of the project on interactive learning methods and simulations. In 2011, she co-founded the SAMUN Foundation, providing trainings for students in negotiation and diplomacy skills and since 2014 she has been involved in safeguarding the long-term wellbeing of the United Nations International Student Conference Amsterdam Foundation.

Cate holds a MSc in Conflict Resolution and Governance, an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with specialisations in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations. During her studies, she interned at the Dutch Permanent Representation to the ICC and the OPCW, and conducted research on policy implementation at the Civil-Military Interaction Command of the Dutch Armed Forces.