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Ivo Veenkamp is the first Deputy Executive Director of Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Hedayah is an independent international organization initiated by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). In addition to being an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Ivo is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal for Security, Terrorism and Society.
Prior to joining Hedayah, Ivo was the Director for Policy and Strategy of the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security of The Netherlands for more than five years. In this capacity he was responsible for the Dutch counterterrorism- and CVE policy, the first national CT strategy and international cooperation. He contributed to many international meetings as a chairman and speaker on CT and CVE issues and was actively involved in the GCTF from its inception.
Before this, Ivo was among others the Director for Modernizing Civic Integration Policy at the Ministry of Security and Justice and the Head of Urban Policy at the Ministry of the Interior. He started his career as a Management Consultant at the Government and Non-Profit group of KPMG Consulting.
Ivo was selected for the two year Leadership Development Program of the Dutch Senior Civil Service and joined the Senior Civil Service shortly after. He has master degrees in both Political Science and Psychology (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam.