ERIK DE BAEDTS
General Director of the Carnegie Foundation - Peace Palace
After having finished his legal education at the University of Amsterdam, Erik de Baedts (1968) started his career as a consultant and later manager for Ernst & Young consulting for various business sectors in the field of association management. He then joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands as project leader.
Having re-entered into consultancy as a senior advisor, he was then appointed as managing director for Royal NVRD, the Dutch waste management association. Representing the Dutch municipal waste sector, he was elected as president of the European sectorial association Municipal Waste Europe.
In 2015 he moved to The Hague with his family when he was appointed as General Director of the Carnegie Foundation - Peace Palace and as Treasurer of The Hague Academy of International Law. He is also active in enhancing cooperation between the network of Carnegie Institutions in the world, with a view to promoting international peace through law and philanthropy, utilising the Peace Palace as a global icon for peace and justice.