Atzo Nicolaï

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Atzo Nicolaï
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Atzo Nicolaï in 2010
Member of the Social and
Economic Council
In office
1 July 2011 – 1 October 2019
Chairman
Minister for Governmental Reform
and Kingdom Relations
In office
7 July 2006 – 22 February 2007
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byAlexander Pechtold
Succeeded byOffice discontinued
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
22 July 2002 – 7 July 2006
Serving with Agnes van Ardenne (2002–2003)
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byDick Benschop
Succeeded byFrans Timmermans (2007)
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
30 November 2006 – 1 June 2011
In office
30 January 2003 – 27 May 2003
In office
19 May 1998 – 22 July 2002
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Born
Atzo Nicolaï

(1960-02-22) 22 February 1960 (age 59)
Delft, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1993)
Spouse(s)
Marian Verburgh
(m. 1993; div. 2008)

Hilde Laffeber (m. 2015)
Children3 children (first marriage)
ResidenceAmstelveen, Netherlands
Alma materFree University Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Social Science, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Trade association executive · Academic administrator · Theatrical producer · Editor · Author

Atzo Nicolaï (born 22 February 1960) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and businessman.

Nicolaï attended a Montessori Gymnasium Rotterdam from April 1972 until May 1980 and applied at the Free University Amsterdam in June 1980 majoring in Law and Political science and obtaining an Bachelor of Laws degree and an Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political science in June 1982 before graduating with an Master of Laws degree and an Master of Social Science degree in Political science in July 1987. Nicolaï worked as a civil servant for the departement of Arts and Culture of the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture from August 1987 until December 1990 and as Director-General of the Council for Arts from December 1990 until November 1995 and as Director-General of the Council for Culture from November 1995 until May 1998. Nicolaï worked as a management consultant for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science from March 1997 until May 1998.

Nicolaï was elected as a House of Representatives after the election of 1998, taking office on 19 May 1998 serving as a frontbencher and the spokesperson for Justice, Law enforcement, Media, Culture and deputy spokesperson for Social Affairs and Social Work. After the election of 2002 Nicolaï was appointed as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende I, taking office on 22 July 2002. The Cabinet Balkenende I fell just four months later on 16 October 2002 after tensions in the coalition over the stability of the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity. After the election of 2003 Nicolaï returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 30 January 2003. Following the cabinet formation of 2003 Nicolaï continued as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende II, taking office on 27 May 2003. The Cabinet Balkenende II fell on 30 June 2006 after the Democrats 66 (D66) had lost confidence in the functioning of Minister of Integration and Asylum Affairs Rita Verdonk and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until the cabinet formation of 2006 when it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Balkenende III with Nicolaï appointed as Minister for Governmental Reform and Kingdom Relations, taking office on 7 July 2006. After the election of 2006 Nicolaï again returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 30 November 2006. The Cabinet Balkenende III was replaced by the Cabinet Balkenende IV following the cabinet formation of 2007 on 22 February 2007 and he continued to serve in the House of Representatives as a frontbencher and spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs, European Affairs, NATO, Benelux Union, Aviation and deputy spokesperson for Kingdom Relations and Social Work. After the election of 2010 Nicolaï was approached as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I but during the cabinet formation of 2010 his appointment was blocked by the coalition partner Party for Freedom (PVV) and he continued to serve in the House of Representatives chairing the parliamentary committee for Foreign Affairs.

In May 2011 Nicolaï was named as Chairman of the Board of directors of the DSM Company, he resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives the same day she was installed as Chairman on 1 June 2011. Nicolaï also became active in the public sector and occupies numerous seats as a nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (National History Museum, Bird Protection Foundation). Nicolaï also works as a trade association executive for the Chemical Industry association serving as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board from 1 June 2011 until 1 October 2019 and for the Industry and Employers confederation (VNO-NCW).[1]

Decorations[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Officer BAR.png Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 11 April 2007

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Official
Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Benschop
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2002–2006
Served alongside:
Agnes van Ardenne (2002–2003)
Succeeded by
Frans Timmermans
2007
Preceded by
Alexander Pechtold
Minister for Government Reform
and Kingdom Relations

2006–2007
Succeeded by
Office discontinued
Business positions
Preceded by
Jos Schneider
Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
DSM Company

2011–2019
Succeeded by
Edith Schippers
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jet Bussemaker
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
University of Amsterdam

2012–2016
Succeeded by
Unknown
Rector Magnificus of the
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

2012–2016
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Office established
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
National History Museum

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Chairman of the
Supervisory board of the
Bird Protection Foundation

2011–2017
Succeeded by
Henk Scheffers