Mr. Dirk J. Bruinsma
Mr. Dirk J.Bruinsma, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
January 2006 - April 2007

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Dirk Jan Bruinsma served as Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD from his appointment on 1 January 2006 until his death on 22 April 2007.

Prior to joining UNCTAD, Mr. Bruinsma had spent six years as Director-General of Foreign Economic Relations in the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, where he was responsible for trade policy, European economic relations, bilateral economic relations and foreign direct investment, among other portfolios. He had a special interest in development cooperation and headed the Dutch delegation to the economic policy committees of the European Union and OECD. He was also a member of the EU Trade Policy Committee.

Following a long career in the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the private sector, including managing his own consulting firm and sitting on the managing board of a credit insurance company, Mr. Bruinsma joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1995 as Deputy Secretary-General. In that capacity he was economic advisor to the government, serving as general manager of the ministry and its agencies.

In his various posts at the Ministry of Finance, where he worked from 1976 to 1991, Mr. Bruinsma specialized in transport and public works; industrial policy and energy policy; development cooperation; and defence, agriculture and fisheries. For five years he was responsible for the coordination of macro-economic policies.

In addition to his government service, Mr. Bruinsma served on several supervisory boards in banking, industry and the public sector, and was a member of the board of a number of cultural and charitable organizations.

Mr. Bruinsma held Master´s Degrees in Mathematics and Dutch and International Law, both from Leiden University.

He was born in 1950 in The Hague, where he died on 22 April 2007, following a brief illness.

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