Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Wellington, New Zealand

The Ambassador

Name:                     Zaagman, Robert Willem (Rob)
Date of birth:           11 February 1956
Married to:               Monica Margarethe Elisabeth Maria Bos (Monique)


1986:    University of Utrecht / International Law (Master’s degree) and History (Bachelor’s)
1974:    Atheneum B (High School - Sciences)

Professional experience

2010 - 2014:    Consul-General in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, Munich, Germany

2008 - 2010:    Ambassador for International Organizations in the Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, the Netherlands

2004 - 2008:    Deputy Director, Queen's Office, The Hague, the Netherlands

2001 - 2004:    Counsellor for Political Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

1996 - 2001:    First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the United Nations, New York, United States of America

Between 1988 and 1996, Rob held various positions at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Previously, he was a lecturer for International Law at the University of Utrecht (1986-1988) and a professional officer with the Royal Dutch Army (1974-1978).

Rob and his wife Monique have two adult children, who are living in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In his spare time he likes reading history books, looking at the stars through his telescope and playing golf.