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Rob de Wijk

Director

Rob de Wijk

Rob de Wijk is the founder and non-executive director of HCSS. He studied Contemporary History and International Relations in Groningen, and wrote his PhD dissertation on NATO’s ‘Flexibility in Response’ strategy at the Political Science Department of Leiden University.

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Paul Sinning

Executive Director

Paul Sinning

Paul Sinning is the executive director of HCSS. After graduating from the Dutch police academy (1985), he started his career in the police force in Amsterdam.

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Michel Rademaker

Deputy Director, Market and Operations

Michel Rademaker

Michel Rademaker is a senior policy analyst and deputy director of HCSS. He has a degree in Transport and Logistics, obtained at the University of Tilburg.

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Erik Frinking

Director of the Strategic Futures Program

Erik Frinking

Erik Frinking is the Director of the Strategic Futures Program at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University.

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Hans van der Linden

Subject Matter Expert

Hans van der Linden

Hans van der Linden is an economist (Erasmus University Rotterdam) with broad experience in the field of agriculture and food.

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Joshua Polchar

Strategic Analyst

Joshua Polchar

Joshua Polchar is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He specializes in diversity and inclusion, governance, and resources. He created the LGBT Military Index, and is developing a strategic vision for inclusion in armed forces.

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Maarten Gehem

Strategic Analyst

Maarten Gehem

Maarten Gehem is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy and in Comparative and International Politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Mr. Gehem graduated magna cum laude for both studies.

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Marjolein de Ridder

Strategic Analyst

Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.

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Sijbren de Jong

Strategic Analyst

Sijbren de Jong

Sijbren de Jong is Strategic Analyst at HCSS and Lecturer Geo-Economics at Leiden University, Campus The Hague. He obtained a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven and holds degrees in Economic Geography (MSc, cum laude) from the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (MA, magna cum laude) from the University of Leuven. His geographical area of expertise includes Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe, and the Western Balkans.

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Willem Auping

Strategic Analyst

Willem Auping

Willem Auping is a strategic analyst at HCSS and external PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). He holds a master’s degree (MSc) from the TU Delft faculty Technology, Policy, and Management, with a specialization in modeling, simulation, and gaming. Next to his work, Mr. Auping is active as treasurer of the Mlambe foundation, aimed at preserving cultural heritage in Malawi.

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Willem Oosterveld

Strategic Analyst

Willem Oosterveld

Willem Oosterveld is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds degrees in political science, law and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris, New York and at Harvard. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD in history of international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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