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Arnold van Rhijn has a long proven track record in policymaking, representing the Netherlands government in multilateral negotiations (UN, WTO, ITU, EU, OECD), chairing EU Council working parties and participating as member in various advisory committees of the European Commission in policy areas, such as European economic integration, international trade, telecom, ICT and Internet. He currently acts as senior policy advisor/project manager on Internet Governance and EU telecom policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague (Netherlands).

Since 2012, he is in charge of co-organising the Netherlands Internet Governance Forum (NLIGF) which is convened yearly to provide input for the annual global Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

He has served as the Netherlands lead negotiator to the UN negotiations in Geneva and New York on the 10-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which, among others, have led to a renewal of the IGF mandate in December 2015.

In March 2016, he was appointed as new member of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group. Furthermore, he is a member of the EU High-Level Group on Internet Governance and represents the Netherlands government in the EU Council Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society.

During the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in The Hague in April 2015, he co-organised a well-attended and successful high-level panel session on Internet Governance. Following up on GCCS, he is also currently involved in setting up cybersecurity capacity building initiatives under the umbrella of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) which was launched during the aforementioned conference.

He uses social media (@arnoldvanrhijn) mainly to share information and seek stakeholder engagement in his professional work.

Arnold studied mathematics at Delft University of Technology and law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Economic Law from Utrecht University.