Danny Pronk joined the Clingendael Institute in July 2018 and is head of the Strategic Foresight programme. His research focuses on geopolitical trend analysis, alternative futures development, and horizon scanning. He has twenty years of experience as a practitioner in intelligence, a complementary aspect of international relations together with diplomacy. He started his career as an Intelligence Officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has since held several senior analytical and operational leadership positions at both the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) and the Defence Intelligence and Security Service (DISS). He has also served as an Intelligence Staff Officer in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), and as head of the National Intelligence Cell at the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Danny holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Leiden University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military Academy in Breda. He specializes in diplomatic, political and military history, and in strategic studies, with a special interest in the “missing dimension” within the study of international relations: intelligence. He lectured at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden, and at the Netherlands Defense Academy on the topics of intelligence analysis and strategic warning.