H.E. Leoni Margaretha CUELENAERE / Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh


Name:                                       CUELENAERE, Leoni Margaretha

Date and place of birth :               7 June 1952,

Aardenburg, the Netherlands

Married with:                     Scott Allen Russell


1983             Masters Degree Dutch Literature and Liguistics, The Hague

1991             University Leiden: Degree in Law



In 1998, after a career at the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Cuelenaere started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, as Deputy Head at the Legal Affairs Division.

Then from

2000 – 2001   Head Consular & Legal Affairs Division of the Consular Department, Ministry of                             Foreign Affairs, The Hague

2001 – 2004   Deputy Director, Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague

2004 – 2008   Deputy Head of Mission, Harare, Zimbabwe

2008 – 2011   Ambassador, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2011 – 2012   Ambassador, Sana’a, Yemen

2012 – 2015   Ambassador, Kigali, Rwanda

2015 – now    Ambassador, Dhaka, Bangladesh