Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Netherlands Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations

Elsbeth is the Netherlands Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade organisation and heading the Economic Affairs Section of the Netherlands Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations. The Economic Section is responsible for trade and development issues and closely co-operates with related Geneva based organisations such as the UNCTAD, ILO, WIPO, WEF and ITC. Before taking on her current position she was acting Director of the International Trade Policy and Economic Governance Department of the ministry of Foreign Affairs. This department has as core responsibilities trade policy, policy on corporate social responsibility and export controls on strategic goods. From 2005 – 2011 she was a member of the management team of the Department for International Affairs of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. In that position she was i.a. engaged in food security issues and EU co-ordination related to the monthly Agriculture and Fisheries’ Council. Elsbeth started her career at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1997 where she concerned herself with several private and public sector development programmes in Central and Eastern Europa. At first as project advisor, in a later stage as manager. She graduated from Twente Technical University as a Master in Public Administration and followed several management and leadership courses since then.

Elsbeth AKKERMAN is speaking at the following session