Head of Office
Suleyman studied Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp. Suleyman worked at the Dutch embassy in Cuba and was active in the House of Representatives for D66 in the Netherlands before he joined the team. At the age of seventeen he won his first golden medal at the youth Dutch Championship for Olympic boxing.
Suleyman is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the office and advises Samira on themes like artificial intelligence, ethics, and trade. He functions as a primary contact for her office. Media and press can also contact Suleyman.
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Policy advisor women’s rights and gender equality, social affairs and employment
Danaë Daal hails from the island of Curaçao and is the advisor for MEP Samira Rafaela on the committee of Women’s rights and Gender equality, and the committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Before joining the team she has worked as a Legal and Foreign Policy advisor for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the latter in the position of deputy head. During her time in Foreign affairs she advised and worked on an assortment of policy and legal areas including diplomacy, legal research, treaties, human rights reporting, sustainable development goals, regional and Kingdom affairs. She co-founded the first Women’s Soccer Association in Sint Maarten and led the organisation as the President for four years.
Danaë has a Master’s degree in Law from the Leiden University and speaks Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and English.
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Matthijs de Meer
Policy advisor international trade and overseas countries and territories
Matthijs is the primary contact regarding the dossiers in the Commission International Trade. In addition, he focuses on the position of The Caribbean Netherlands within the European Union. Prior to joining Samira’s team, Matthijs worked as a Schuman trainee for the Legal Service of the European Parliament, and later on he advised local governments about European legislation in The Hague.
Matthijs studied Constitutional and Administrative Law, and European Law at Leiden University. For his European Law thesis he enjoyed a research internship with the East-African Community in Tanzania.
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