Robert Zeldenrust


Robert Zeldenrust joined the Sen Foundation in May 2015 as the Chair of the Board. Apart from chairing Board meetings, he is involved in general policy making and management. Joining the Sen Foundation was a logical sequel to his career, largely spent in the foreign service of the Netherlands.

During his career Rob held i.a. various positions in the field of development cooperation, both bilateral and multilateral. He managed aid programs in East and West Africa at the ministry of Foreign Affairs and had postings in Sri Lanka and Brussels before being appointed ambassador to Lebanon in 2007. Earlier, Rob served as the Director for Democratization and Human Rights in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. From 2011 until his retirement in 2014 he was the Netherlands Permanent Delegate and ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. Subsequently, he joined PUM Netherlands senior experts, where he became coordinator for Government Services, as well as various NGOs. Rob is also chairman of the board of UNESCO Centrum Nederland, vice-chair of the Board of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and vice-chair of the board of the Indonesia-Nederland Society.