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Deputy Executive Director

Ivo Veenkamp has served as the first Deputy Executive Director of Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, since January 2013. Based in Abu Dhabi, Hedayah is an independent international “Think & Do Tank” focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in all of its forms and manifestations by working on dialogue and communications, capacity building, and research.

Ivo has more than twenty-five years of working experience at the crossroads of international, national and local policy and programming. He has been responsible for issues related to counterterrorism, countering violent extremism (CVE), social cohesion, and civic integration.

Prior to joining Hedayah, Ivo was the Dutch Director for Counterterrorism Policy and Strategy reporting directly to the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security for more than five years. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the first National Counterterrorism strategy, Dutch counterterrorism- and CVE policy, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation (UN, EU, GCTF).

The past twelve years he frequently acted as an expert speaker, moderator, and representative at international conferences and meetings on CT and CVE.

Before this, Ivo was the Program Director for Modernizing Civic Integration Policy and Project Director for the preparation of the Constitutional Reform of the Netherlands Antilles at the Ministry of Security and Justice. He was also the Head and Deputy Head of the Urban Policy Division and the Secretary of the Government Committee on Oversight/Inspection at the Ministry of the Interior. He started his career as a Management Consultant at the Government and Non-Profit group of KPMG Consulting. One of his last assignments was interim Chairman and Director of the Foundation for Youth Work of de city of Amsterdam.

Ivo was selected for the two-year Leadership Development Program of the Senior Executive Service of the Dutch government and joined the Senior Executive Service shortly after. When he started at Hedayah he had been a member of the Dutch Senior Executive Service for more than eight years.

Until summer 2018 he was an Associate Fellow for Counterterrorism and Extremism of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  Until mid-2019 he was also a member of the Steering Committee of the RESOLVE Network (Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism), a global consortium of researchers and research organizations on CVE.

Ivo has master degrees in both Political Science and Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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