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Michel Heijdra

Director of International Financial Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Netherlands

Michel Heijdra is Deputy Treasurer General and Director for International Affairs at the Treasury of the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. In that capacity, he is responsible for the European economic and financial negotiations in the Eurogroup and EcoFin Council including on the European budget.

In this capacity, he worked closely with Dutch Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Before joining the International Affairs Directorate Michel was the Deputy Director of the Financial Markets Directorate of the Netherlands Ministry of Finance, responsible for the regulation of the financial sector, and Head of Financial Risk Management of Banks at the Dutch Central Bank.

He started his career at McKinsey consultancy. Michel studied physics and philosophy in Princeton, Amsterdam, Berlin, Utrecht and Leiden. He holds a PhD degree having written his dissertation on Darwin and the evolution of language.