Emiel van Lennep

Dutch diplomat

Emile (Emiel) van Lennep was a Dutch official (treasurer general), diplomat and Minister of State.

Emiel van Lennep
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Emile van Lennep

(1915-01-15)January 15, 1915
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedOctober 2, 1996(1996-10-02) (aged 81)
Den Haag, Netherlands
Alma materMunicipal University


Van Lennep was born in Amsterdam on 20 January 1915, as a son of Louis Henri van Lennep and Catharina Hildegonda Enschede. He studied law from 1932 to 1937 at the Municipal University of Amsterdam.[1]

From 1951 to 1969 he was the highest official of the Dutch Ministry of Finance. From 1969 to 1984 he was secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).[1] At the OECD Van Lennep is remembered for making the organization a more effective forum for international cooperation.[2] In the seventies he was named several times to be a candidate for a post in the government of the Netherlands, but he did not want to be a politician. After his career at the OECD he was appointed to be Minister of State from 1986 until his death in 1996.[1]

He was married with met Alexa Labberton and they had two sons and two daughters.[1] In 1990 he was rewarded with a Four Freedoms Award in the category freedom from want.[3] Van Lennep died on October 2, 1996, when he was 81 years old.[1]


  • Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland 6, biography (in Dutch)
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Parlement & Politiek, Jhr.Mr. E. (Emiel) van Lennep (in Dutch)
  2. Encyclopedia Britannica, lemma
  3. Roosevelt Institute, Laureates Archived 2015-03-25 at the Wayback Machine