August 25, 2023 –THE HAGUE – The Council of Ministers, upon the recommendation of State Secretary Van Huffelen of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), has approved the appointment of Mr. Edson Hato as the new Representative of the Netherlands in Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten. Mr. Hato will commence his duties on September 7th.
Edson Hato (53) brings extensive experience in leading change processes and leadership development in large multinational companies, tech scale-ups, and social enterprises. Hato has provided advice and worked for companies such as Carlsberg Group, SAP, ABN AMRO Bank, ING Group, and AstraZeneca. Since 2017, Hato has been the founder and owner of Like Minds B.V., a consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, organizational development, and business transformation. He grew up in Curaçao and possesses knowledge of the language and culture of the Caribbean region.
The role of Representative is crucial for maintaining a strong relationship between the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten. State Secretary Van Huffelen is pleased with the appointment:
“Edson Hato is a passionate professional who brings a wealth of international experience. I expect that with his vision for collaboration, he will become an important bridge builder capable of bridging geographical and cultural differences. We value strong cooperation with Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten. I’m pleased that we’ve found a candidate for this position who is familiar with both sides of the ocean.”
“Equality, ownership, and commonality”
Edson Hato aims for sustainable results and sees a significant role for himself in ensuring a future-proof collaboration within the Kingdom:
“I’m proud to serve as the Dutch representative in strengthening the relationship between Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the Netherlands. In this endeavor, I fully align myself with the principles upon which this collaboration is based: ownership, equality, and commonality. In my view, these are also the guiding principles of change. To know where you’re headed, it’s important to be aware of where you come from. Through my background and experience, I understand that we must harness the power of differences to strengthen each other within the Kingdom. This is the way to arrive at new, inspiring solutions that people are willing to commit to.”
Representation of the Netherlands in Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten (VNACS)
The VNACS acts as the Dutch representative and contributes to fostering a good relationship between the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten (the countries). With offices in Willemstad (VNW), Oranjestad (VNO), and Philipsburg (VNP), the Representation works towards shaping Dutch policies for the countries. It also explains policies, informs stakeholders, and contributes to their implementation. Moreover, the VNACS provides assistance and support for Dutch nationals in need and coordinates the direction of aid from the Netherlands during major crises. The Representation carries out its tasks in close collaboration with all four countries within the Kingdom.