Hans Hoogeveen was born in The Hague on 5 September 1959. He was appointed Director-General Agro, first at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and then on 1 September 2011 at the newly formed Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. He is responsible for agriculture and horticulture, agribusiness, food safety, veterinary and plant health, international affairs including the European Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, international food security, the FAO and other UN affairs, trade liberalisation (WTO) and market access. On 1 January 2009 he became Visiting Professor of Practice in Natural Resource Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Hans Hoogeveen has held several international positions and was involved in European negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy and in other international negotiations. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Acting President for the Biodiversity Convention, EU negotiator during the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in 1997 and 2004, and president of the UN Forum on Forests. Under his Presidency, an international instrument for sustainable forest management was adopted in 2007 after 15 years of negotiations. He received a UN award for his work the same year. He also serves as facilitator on agricultural and climate issues for the Meridien Institute based in Washington D.C.
Hans Hoogeveen holds a number of other positions. He serves on the boards of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, an international organisation that facilitates international management training in sustainable development, and of Forest Trends, a leading international NGO for policy and innovation in the field of natural resources in Washington D.C.. He is also political advisor to the World Bank and special advisor to the UN Task Force on agriculture and food security. He also works as a core-teacher at the Netherlands School of Public Administration.
He has written a number of articles on sustainable development and natural resources policies and is currently writing a book on ‘Sustainable Development Diplomacy’. He obtained a law degree in 1984, a Master’s Degree in Public Management and received a doctorate degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston) and Wageningen University in early 2010. He also completed a programme for Senior Managers in Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.