Meanwhile, here's a short resume of Mrs. Somsen's background:
Hester Somsen was born on March 15, 1972, in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
After secondary school she studied political sciences at the University of Amsterdam, finishing as doctorandus (comparable to a master's degree) in political sciences, with a major in International Relations.
Hester Somsen started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997.
In those years she has dealt with issues relating to the former Yugoslavia between 1997-2000, worked as a second secretary at the Dutch embassy in Hungary, focused on parliamentary relations upon return, followed by a year at the Department of European Integration.
In 2006 she
was posted to the Dutch embassy in Tanzania with a focus on political and cultural affairs.
returned to the Netherlands in 2009 she
worked as acting and consequently head of the Crisis management and Peacekeeping Operations Division in the Security Policy Department.
The division deals with all aspects of the peacekeeping and crisis management operations in which the Dutch participate, ranging from the missions in Uruzgan and Kunduz, Afghanistan, the contribution to Operation Unified Protector, the anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the deployments of Patriots to Turkey, to the civilian missions on the Balkans and in the Middle-East.
In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Lebanon.