Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Mr. Richelle has been the Director General of EuropeAid
Cooperation Office since 2003. Born in Bandung, Indonesia, he graduated in
Dutch Constitutional and Public Law from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in
1972. He started his career with the Government of the Netherlands where he
worked for the Ministry of Education and Sciences from 1972 to 1981 in various
He was appointed the Director General of the Ministry of
Welfare and Health in 1987, following a period working for the City of Leiden.
In 1995, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director-General for
International Cooperation, where his portfolio included development cooperation
and international cultural relations.
From 2000–2001, Mr.
Richelle served in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour as the Project
Director-General for the Change Management in the field of Social Security. He
started working with the European Commission in 2001, as Director General of DG