Danny is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Strategic Foresight Programme at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. His research focuses on geopolitical trend analysis, alternative futures development, and horizon scanning. He brings to the Clingendael Institute over 20 years of experience as a practitioner in intelligence. He started his career as an intelligence officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has since then held several senior analytical and operational leadership positions at both the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) and the Defense Intelligence and Security Service (DISS). He has also served as a Staff Officer (G2) in the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and as Head of the National Intelligence Cell at the NATO Mission in Afghanistan.
He holds a BA in political science, and an MA in international relations from Leiden University, and a BSc in war studies from the Royal Military Academy in Breda. He specializes in diplomatic and military history and strategic studies, with a special interest in the so-called ‘missing dimension’ of the study of international relations: intelligence. He has lectured at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden, and at the Netherlands Defense Academy on the topic of intelligence failures and strategic warning.