Jan Grauls

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Jan Grauls
Permanent Representative to the United Nations for  Belgium
Assumed office
June 2008
Preceded by Johan C. Verbeke
Personal details
Born (1948-02-12) 12 February 1948 (age 66)

Baron Jan Grauls, born 12 February 1948, is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Belgium. He is married and has three daughters and one son. He began his appointment June 2008.[1]


Grauls was educated at the Saint Berchmans Jesuit College in Brussels. He studied Law at the University of Antwerp and at the Catholic University of Leuven.[1]


Grauls' diplomatic career started in 1973. He held successive diplomatic assignments in Bonn, Tunis, the European Union, permanent representation in Brussels, London and Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the Secretary-General of the Belgium Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and in 2001, the Foreign Minister’s Chef de Cabinet. From 1997 to 2001, he held the Ministry’s post of Director General for Bilateral and Economic Relations. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Grauls was diplomatic adviser to the Prime Minister (1988–1991) and, on secondment to the Royal Palace from 1994–1997, as Deputy Chef de Cabinet and diplomatic adviser to the King of Belgium.[1]

In 2005 Grauls was ennobled by the King of Belgium and raised to the rank of Baron. Unlike most Belgian noble titles granted in recent decades, this one is hereditary.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c United Nations Press Release - Jan Grauls, retrieved 2008-09-18
  2. ^ http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/article/571714/ce-n-est-pas-ce-que-nous-avions-conseille.html