Hans Wurzer is an Academy Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. He joined Clingendael in June 2014 and coordinates training programs for Dutch and foreign professionals. In particular, he coordinates and provides training programmes to diplomats and other civil servants from the Middle East and North Africa. He also coordinates programmes for different groups in conflict from Libya, Syria and Yemen. These include tribal, women and other opposition groups in multitrack peace processes.
As a skills trainer Hans provides workshops in economic diplomacy and trade promotion, drawing on his practical experience of having worked at the economic department of the Dutch embassy in Algiers and for the Workgroup for Economic Reconstruction of Afghanistan at VNO-NCW. He also trains professionals through simulations in the field of crisis management & communication as well as trust & confidence building, drawing on his own published research on these topics.
He is a frequent commentator on current developments in the Middle East in Dutch media and provides lectures on the subject to a variety of groups ranging from the military and diplomats to university students.
Hans graduated from Leiden University with a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy (2008), and holds undergraduate degrees from Eckerd College in the United States (in International Relations) and again from Leiden University (in Arabic Language and Literature).