Women's Forum Global Meeting 2023


Karien van Gennip

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

Minister of Social Affairs and Employment


Karien van Gennip is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands. Her portfolio includes labour market policy, working conditions, labour migration, civic integration, labour market discrimination, childcare and various child benefit schemes, purchasing power, international policy, and inspection and supervision. Themes such as equal opportunities and inclusion have been a common thread throughout her career. ‘Giving people equal opportunities is what really drives me. Equal opportunities for work, income and a healthy and sustainable career. Making sure that everyone can participate, each in their own way. And I think connection with and between people is very important.’ Karien van Gennip has broad experience in politics and business. After studying applied physics at the Technical University of Delft, followed by an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, she worked at management consultancy McKinsey & Company, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), ING Bank and health insurer VGZ in the Netherlands. She also worked in San Francisco and Paris. Her political career began in 2003 when she was appointed State Secretary for Economic Affairs. In 2006 she became a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA). She also sat on several supervisory boards. Karien van Gennip is a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands and a Knight of the Legion of Honour in France. In her spare time Karien is a field hockey coach and enjoys running. She is married and has four daughters.

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