Hidde van der Veer has been the executive director of Aflatoun since July 2011. He is responsible for all aspects of Aflatoun’s programs and advocacy.
Aflatoun’s goal is to promote social and financial education in 120 countries for 10 million children by 2015. Currently Aflatoun operates in 95 countries with 120 partners to promote child saving, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to already over 1.4 million children worldwide.
Before joining Aflatoun, Van der Veer worked for twenty years in various positions for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, both in The Hague and abroad, including a secondment to the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London as the alternate representative for the Netherlands and Mongolia. Van der Veer acquired field experience in Ukraine in the Dutch Embassy. His main task was designing the development cooperation with Moldova both with the government, UN agencies as well as with Moldovan NGO’s. As the manager for a EUR 100 million grants program for small and medium sized companies investing in developing countries he provided oversight for the selection and monitoring of grants.
Van der Veer has a master’s degree in political science and law from the University of Leiden. He also participatd in trainings at the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris as well as diplomatic training in the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague.