Renée Jones-Bos in 2014
|44th Netherlands Ambassador to Russian Federation|
August 2016 – -
|Prime Minister||Jan Peter Balkenende
|Preceded by||Ron van Dartel|
|Born||Regina Veronica Maria Bos
20 December 1952
|Political party||People's Party for Freedom and Democracy|
Regina Veronica Maria "Renée" Jones-Bos (Dutch pronunciation: [reːˈxinaː veːˈroːnikaː maːˈriaː dʒoʊns bɔs]; born 20 December 1952) is a Dutch civil servant and diplomat. She has been the Netherlands Ambassasor to Russia since 2016. Previously, Jones-Bos was Ambassador to the United States in Washington (2007–2012) and Secretary-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (2012–2016).
Early life and education
She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Russian Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and a degree in Russian and English Studies, Politics and Economics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jones-Bos began her career as a translator/interpreter. The Ambassador speaks French, German, Italian and Russian.
She was First Secretary to the Netherlands Embassy in Washington from 1987 to 1990.
Jones-Bos possesses extensive experience in diplomacy and has steadily risen through the ranks of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her appointment to Washington, Jones-Bos served as the Director-General for Regional Policy and Consular Affairs and as Ambassador -at- Large for Human Rights.
Jones-Bos also served as the Head of the Security Council Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous duties within the Ministry also included: Deputy Chief of Mission to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic; Head of Recruitment & Training; and postings in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Moscow, USSR.
Jones-Bos has held several board positions throughout her career with many institutions including: the Supervisory Board of the Leiden University Medical Center; the Netherlands Society for International Affairs; the Advisory Board of the University of Tilburg; and the Selection Board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Jones said about her work: "For more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have been joined by the values of freedom, justice and an entrepreneurial spirit. A vibrant economic force, the Netherlands is also the third largest investor in America and a reliable trade and investment partner to the U.S. Together with my team at the Embassy and the Dutch Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the U.S., we promote strong bilateral relations between the United States and the Netherlands in the areas of security and international law; food and nutrition; energy and climate; and water management."
Since the summer of 2016, she has been the Netherlands Ambassador to Russia.
Jones-Bos and her husband, Richard Jones, have two children.
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