Femke Halsema

Femke Halsema was born on April 25, 1966 in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. She has a degree in Social Sciences, with specialisation in Criminology and Sociology of Law from the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht (state university of Utrecht).

She made a career in science, television, theatre and investigative journalism. Her political career involves several years as a high-profile politician, including:

  • 2002-2011: Chairperson in the Dutch House of Representatives and political leader of GroenLinks. Member of the Intelligence and Security Forces Committee.
  • 1998-2011: Member of Parliament for GroenLinks. Spokesperson for Justice, Internal Affairs, Health Care, and Media and Culture.

She took over Amsterdam's mayoral post on 12 July 2018 and with this became the first woman to hold the position on a non-interim basis. Since 2011, Ms Halsema is focusing on local politics, rather than national.

Mrs. Halsema is focusing on three major tasks ahead of her - combating crime,  protecting minorities against abuse and unfair treatment and last but not least building a smart transport system connecting the whole city. Another important point of her programme will be the focus on new technologies and cultural innovation.

Source: Municipality of Amsterdam