Sigrid Kaag

Dutch politician

Sigrid Agnes Maria Kaag (born 2 November 1961) is a Dutch politician. She is party leader of Democrats 66 (D66) and has been temporarily replacing Stef Blok as foreign minister since 25 May 2021.

Sigrid Kaag
Sigrid Kaag in 2018 (cropped).jpeg
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
31 March 2021
Parliamentary group leader
In office
18 March 2021 – 25 May 2021
Preceded byRob Jetten
Succeeded byRob Jetten
Party leader
Assumed office
4 September 2020
Preceded byAlexander Pechtold
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Preceded byLilianne Ploumen
Personal details
Born
Sigrid Agnes Maria Kaag

(1961-11-02) 2 November 1961 (age 59)
Rijswijk, South Holland, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyDemocrats 66 (D66)
ResidenceThe Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University,
American University in Cairo,
Oxford University,
University of Exeter
Websitewww.parlement.com

She was born in Rijswijk and grew up in Zeist.

She studied Arabic, Middle East studies, and international relations. She studied at Utrecht University, the American University in Cairo, Oxford University, and the University of Exeter.

She worked in several positions at the United Nations, for example at UNICEF and as an Under-Secretary-General.

Kaag has been minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Third Rutte cabinet since 26 October 2017 (has succeeded Lilianne Ploumen), and D66 leader since 4 September 2020 (has succeeded Alexander Pechtold).

She is a Catholic, and married to a Palestinian dentist. Her husband is a former diplomat and politician of the PLO. Kaag is fluent in six languages, among which Arabic, Spanish, French, and German.

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