Keynotes

The keynotes of NGPS 2020 will be Max Valstar and Ron Holzhacker.

Max Valstar is the Head of the South and Southeast Asia and Oceania Division at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Before taking up his current function, he had been working for the Ministry for fifteen years. During the NGPS, Max will talk about Dutch policy in regard to Southeast Asia.

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Prof. dr. Ron Holzhacker is Professor of Multilevel Governance and Regional Structure at the University of Groningen. His main interest lie in the fields of governance, human rights and the interaction between civil society organizations and institutions in democratic political systems. As founder and director of the Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN), Holzhacker leads a team of scholars and researchers engaged in theoretically driven comparative research focused on governance, societal impact, and sustainable society in Southeast Asia.

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