Kathleen Ferrier (politician)

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Kathleen Ferrier
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Member of the House of Representatives (Netherlands)
In office
May 23, 2002 – September 19, 2012
Personal details
Born Kathleen Gertrud Ferrier
(1957-03-08) March 8, 1957 (age 61)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl - CDA)
Spouse(s) Tjeerd de Boer
Father Johan Ferrier
Residence Leusden, Netherlands
Education M.A. (Spanish language and literature, Portuguese language and Development aid)
Alma mater Leiden University
Occupation Politician, development aid worker

Kathleen Gertrud Ferrier (born March 8, 1957) is a former Dutch politician of Surinamese descent and development aid worker. She served as a member of parliament of Netherlands representing the party Christian Democratic Appeal (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) from 2002 to 2012.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ferrier was born in Paramaribo in Suriname when it was a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is a daughter of the first President of Suriname Johan Ferrier[2] and a half-sister of Surinamese novelist Cynthia McLeod. Ferrier studied Spanish language and Spanish literature (with a specialization in modern Spanish American literature), Portuguese language and also development aid at Leiden University. She completed her masters' thesis on the Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén.[2]

She is a member of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).


While Ferrier was an MP from May 23, 2002, to September 19, 2012, she focused on matters of development aid, education, public health, welfare and sports. In 2017, Ferrier joined Asian University for Women (AUW) as an honorary visiting professor.[2]



  1. ^ "Drs. K.G. (Kathleen) Ferrier" (in Dutch). Parlement and Politiek. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Raisa Ashraf (June 9, 2017). "From professorship to politics". The Daily Star. Retrieved June 13, 2017.