Koos Richelle

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 functions.  

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 Development.

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