Diederick joined the Clingendael Institute as an Academy Fellow in February 2022, where he is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing training courses on the European Union and its institutions for Dutch, European, and international diplomats and civil servants.
In July 2023, he became a Research Fellow at the EU & Global Affairs unit and is a member of the Strategic Initiatives & Outreach team. His main areas of expertise include EU politics, EU policy-making, and European integration. Additionally, Diederick has a specific interest in emerging technologies and disruptive tech companies and their influence on international relations.
Before joining the Clingendael Institute, he worked as a Parliamentary Works Assistant for the European People’s Party in the European Parliament. In this role, he provided secretarial, administrative, and political support to Members of the European Parliament, collaborating closely with the Parliament’s Administration and the Group Secretariat.
Prior to working in Brussels, Diederick completed an extensive course on international affairs (LBB) at the Clingendael Institute. He holds a Cum Laude MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and received his bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Applied Sciences Ede.