Special Coordinator Robert H. Serry
Mr. Robert H. Serry of the Netherlands was appointed by the Secretary-General as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in November 2007. In this capacity, Mr. Serry is also the Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Quartet.
In his last posting, Mr. Serry served as the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland. His previous professional experiences have included diplomatic postings in Bangkok, Moscow, New York (United Nations) and Kiev. In addition, he has also held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations at NATO.
Mr. Serry has also led the Middle Eastern Affairs Division of the Dutch Foreign Ministry. In the framework of the Netherlands European Community presidency, he participated in the events leading to the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid (November 1991). He has also published several articles on political and peacekeeping topics ranging from the Middle East to Eastern Europe.
Mr. Serry was born in 1950 at Calcutta, is married and has three children. He graduated in Political Science (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam.