Bram van Ojik

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His Excellency
Bram van Ojik
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Bram van Ojik in 2012
Leader of GroenLinks
In office
8 October 2012 – 12 May 2015
Preceded by Jolande Sap
Succeeded by Jesse Klaver
Parliamentary leader of GroenLinks in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
8 October 2012 – 12 May 2015
Preceded by Jolande Sap
Succeeded by Jesse Klaver
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Benin
In office
1 May 2003 – 1 August 2006
Preceded by Unknown
Succeeded by Caroline Weijers
Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Assumed office
23 March 2017
In office
20 September 2012 – 20 May 2015
In office
21 April 1993 – 17 May 1994
Chairman of the Political Party of Radicals
In office
6 April 1988 – 24 November 1990
Preceded by Janneke van der Plaat
Succeeded by Party dissolved
Personal details
Born Abraham van Ojik
(1954-09-22) 22 September 1954 (age 62)
Veenendaal, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party GroenLinks (from 1990)
Other political
Political Party of Radicals
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics, Doctor of Philosophy)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Managing editor

Abraham "Bram" van Ojik (born 22 September 1954) is Dutch politician and diplomat of the GroenLinks (GL) party. Since 23 March 2017 he is a member of the House of Representatives. He previously served in the House from 1993 to 1994, and from 2012 to 2015. In the latter three years he also served as leader of GroenLinks. He is an Envoy of the Netherlands for human migration since 20 October 2015.

Political career[edit]

Political Party of Radicals[edit]

Van Ojik comes from the Political Party of Radicals, one of the four parties that merged to form GroenLinks in 1989. Van Ojik had been member of the PPR since 1973. Between 1972 and 1980 Van Ojik studied economics at the Free University. He specialized in development economics. Between 1978 and 1981, he served on the board for radical education. As a conscientious objector, Van Ojik did his alternative service at the development organization NIO. After that he worked for the scientific bureau of the PPR until 1983. Here he wrote a book on basic income. In 1986 he co-authored the PPR's election program. Between 1985 and 1988, he was editor-in-chief of the PPR party paper. Between 1988 and 1990 he was party chair of the PPR. As chair of the PPR, he was involved in the negotiations over the formation of GroenLinks, a new political party formed by the merger of the Pacifist Socialist Party, Communist Party of Netherlands, and Evangelical People's Party. Van Ojik had always favoured cooperation between the four parties, but the PPR party board soon wanted to abandon negotiations. Van Ojik had to defend this, although he did not support it. The formal PPR delegation was replaced by an informal delegation by former party chair Wim de Boer. In 1989 the talks led to the formation of a new party. Van Ojik became a member of the first party board. In addition to these activities, Van Ojik freelance journalist and advisor on the subject of development cooperation. Between 1990 and 1993 Van Ojik worked for Oxfam NOVIB.


Between 1993 and 1994, Van Ojik was member of the House of Representatives for GroenLinks. He replaced PPR member Ria Beckers. He spoke on agriculture, development cooperation and science. He prepared an initiative to limit the use of wood from the tropics. It was finally proposed in 1994 by Marijke Vos. At the 1994 election Van Ojik was put on the seventh place of the GroenLinks list, the same place he had in 1989. GroenLinks only won five seats. He also co-authored the GroenLinks election program.

In 1997 Van Ojik again co-authored GroenLinks election program for the 1998 election.

For GroenLinks, Van Ojik chaired a committee which evaluated the municipal elections (2006), parliamentary (2006) and provincial (2007), all of which GroenLinks had lost. Then he became chair of the committee which oversaw a debate within GroenLinks on the party's principles, strategy and organizations. This led to a new manifesto of principles in 2008 of which Van Ojik is one of the co-authors.

After national elections on September 12, 2012 the size of the representation of the GroenLinks party within the House of Representatives was reduced from 10 seats to 4 seats. On October 8, 2012 Van Ojik became leader in the House of Representatives for GroenLinks; some days earlier his predecessor Jolande Sap was forced to step down as leader in the House of Representatives for GroenLinks by the board of the GroenLinks party.

Further career[edit]

After not being re-elected for the Dutch House of Representatives, Van Ojik worked for the environmental organization MilieuDefensie between 1994 and 1997. In 1995 he co-authored a book on corals together with Labour Party politician Max van den Berg. In 1997 Van Ojik switched to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he became director of public communication on development cooperation. In 1998 he again co-authored a book with Van der Berg, now on development cooperation. In 2001 Van Ojik became ambassador in general service. He organized external contacts for the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation. In 2003 Van Ojik became the Dutch ambassador to Benin.[1] In 2006 he returned to the Netherlands to become director of the inspection for evaluation of development cooperation policy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also helped the government prepare policy to meet the millennium goals for the fourth Balkenende cabinet.

On 12 May 2015 his resignation as Leader of GroenLinks and as member of parliament was announced. Jesse Klaver took over his role as leader of the party, while Rik Grashoff took up Van Ojik's seat in parliament on 20 May 2015.[2][3][4]

After the 2017 general election Van Ojik returned to the House, taking office on 23 March 2017.[5][6]


  1. ^ Group, Taylor & Francis (2004). Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis. pp. 783–. ISBN 978-1-85743-254-1. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Letter Van Ojik to members of the party published on the website of the party, retrieved 12 May 2015
  3. ^ Van Ojik weg als Franctieleider Groenlinks, Klaver volgt op NOS, 12 May 2015
  4. ^ "Tweede Kamer neemt afscheid van Van Ojik" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Drs. A. (Bram) van Ojik" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Achtergrond: 71 vertrekkers, maar 58 nieuwkomers" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2017. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Janneke van der Plaat
Chairman of the Political Party of Radicals
Party dissolved
Preceded by
Jolande Sap
Leader of GroenLinks
Succeeded by
Jesse Klaver
Parliamentary leader of GroenLinks in the
House of Representatives of the Netherlands

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ambassador of the Netherlands to Benin
Succeeded by
Caroline Weijers