Michel Rademaker

Deputy Director, Market and Operations

Michel Rademaker is the Deputy Director of HCSS. He has a degree in Transport and Logistics, which he obtained at the University of Tilburg. He has fifteen years of hands-on experience as an officer in The Royal Netherlands Army, where he held various military operational and staff posts and also served a term in former Yugoslavia. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Rademaker went on to work at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) as a project and program manager and senior policy advisor for ten years. As NATO RTO project leader, he and his team developed new serious gaming assessment methods for defense. He has conducted several assessments of security technologies, including disruptive forms, and worked on numerous strategic security topics. He has written several book chapters, and numerous research reports and articles. He served as secretary of the pilot joint venture TNO Clingendael Centre for Strategic Studies for three years and is one of the co-founders of its successor, HCSS.

At HCSS he is responsible for business development. He is particularly interested in setting up multistakeholder projects on new and upcoming security and politico-economic themes. For example, he and his team supported the development of the Dutch national security strategy and crisis management exercises.

Mr. Rademaker was also an initiator of The Hague Security Delta, the biggest security cluster in Europe, and continues to lead projects for this cluster. His fields of expertise include security strategy, policy, concepts and doctrines, technology surveys and assessments, and serious gaming techniques. He also initiated the RMS Platform, where his fields of expertise include the geopolitical and economic security implications of raw materials and energy supply, and the development of policies. He frequently acts as moderator in workshops, as a trainer, as guest lecturer at various universities and speaker at conferences, and as a commentator in news media. 

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