Mr. Haesendonck was born on 9 January 1956 and holds a Master’s degree in Translation.
Mr. Haesendonck entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979 as an Attaché at the General Directorate of the Chancellery. From 1980 to 1981, he was Attaché at the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Trade. From 1981 to 1985, he was posted to Baghdad (Iraq) as Secretary of the Embassy, then from 1985 to 1988, to Prague (Czechoslovakia) where he served as First Secretary at the Embassy. Subsequently, he was Counsellor at the Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) from 1988 to 1991. He was appointed Ambassador of Belgium in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in 1991, where he remained until 1994. In 1995, he became Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Trade and European Affairs. Then, from 1995 to 1999, he occupied the position of Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In 1999, Mr. Haesendonck was named Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Western European Union. Subsequently, from 2001 to 2005, he was Ambassador, Permanent Representative to Unesco. Promoted to Ambassador First Class in 2005, he was named Deputy to the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2007 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OECD, Mr. Haesendonck was Ambassador, Permanent Representative to International Institutions in The Hague.
Since 1999, Mr. Haesendonck has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) and since 2006, Administrator of the Belgian company for investment in developing countries (BIO).
Ambassador Yves Haesendonck took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Belgium to the OECD on 5 September 2011.
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