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Marije Balt is foreign policy advisor and works with the Advisory Council on International Affairs. She is a former Netherlands government diplomat with nearly 25 years of experience working in and with fragile regions in the Balkans and Africa. She was posted at the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya from 2005 to 2010. Her firm SpringFactor research & consultancy has been working extensively with governments, companies, universities, the EU and NGOs. From 2012 tot 2020, she worked as a lecturer and taught more than 30 international relations courses to bachelor and master's students. She is currently pursuing her PhD and focuses on EU migration diplomacy with refugee hosting countries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Political Science/International Relations, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 29 Aug 1996

External positions

Advisory Council on International Affairs, Advisory Council on International Affairs


  • JZ International relations


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