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Nejra Kalkan

Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Nejra Kalkan did the Humanity in Action’s Amsterdam Fellowship in 2007 and was a Lantos Congressional Fellow in the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She is currently working as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior, she was the executive director of the Meijers Committee, an independent committee of legal experts in criminal law, asylum law, migration law, privacy and non-discrimination.

Nejra also worked as a senior advisor in the European Parliament. She advised members of the European Parliament amongst others in the field of cross-border judicial cooperation and human rights. After her studies, Nejra worked as a lawyer at the Dutch Cancer Society and did a summer program at the European University Institute in Florence.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law (LL.B) and a Master’s degree in International and European Law (LL.M) from the University of Amsterdam.