Michiel Hijmans

Senior Associate Fellow
Associates are experts in their own field and contractually affiliated with Clingendael. Although associates are not employees of the Clingendael Institute, they comply with all policies that Clingendael staff do.


  • European affairs
  • International security
  • Strategic thinking

Michiel Hijmans is Senior Associate Fellow at the Clingendael Academy. He retired as commodore from the Royal Netherlands Navy after serving 36 years in several positions. He was appointed three times as commanding officer of a frigate, he was engaged in Human Resource Management and widely in International Military Cooperation, also within the Defence Staff. From 2004-2008 he was Defence Attaché at the NL Embassy in Washington DC (USA). He served (2010-2011) as the Commanding Officer of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 which has been conducting Counter Piracy Operations, Counter Terrorism Operations and was part of NATO’s Rapid Response Force. He finalized his military career as Deputy Military Representative to NATO and the EU at the NL Embassies in Brussels.

After his retirement, he started his own Consultancy Firm: Maritime & More Solutions, advising and publishing on Maritime Security, Leadership and Teambuilding. He is also a trainer and co-owner of LiDRS, a leadership firm that provides several types of leadership training, coaching and interim management. Furthermore he is a lecturer at the NL Defence Academy, assisting foreign senior military officers in syndicate work on various security and defence topics. He is a member of the Netherlands “EuroDefense” Group, the Netherlands Maritime Brotherhood Anchorites and the Liberal Defence and International network.