Alumni Talk: De Oorlog in Oekraïne

(This event will be held in Dutch) 

 It’s been a whole year. The war in Ukraine has ravaged peace and lives and has had a deep impact on Ukraine and on the world. In our second Alumni Talk, we will be hearing about the war and how it came to be from international experts who will be given the space to speak in-depth. If you would like to learn from a former ambassador for both Ukraine and Russia and from an Honorary Consul of Ukraine to the Netherlands, don’t miss this event. 

The Speakers

Source: Trouw, Patrick Post

Former Dutch ambassador to Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and China, Ron Keller, will talk about the diplomatic, political and military struggle for geographical space. Ron is an international top advisor, having worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, and he speaks on several topics, including geopolitics. Ron currently advises the Centre for Russian Studies and EuroDefense Netherlands.  

Bron: Limburger © John Peters

Karel Burger Dirven is the first Honorary Consul of Ukraine to the Netherlands. After completing a PhD in Business Science at the Erasmus University, Karel gained over 20 years of experience in business consulting, (non) executive management and foreign investment. Currently he is representing Ukraine, and he works to strengthen the mutually beneficial relations between Ukraine and the Netherlands. 


The Nieuwe Instituut is the Dutch national museum for architecture, design and digital culture. The institute focuses on developments in society, showing work by designers who contribute to these large-scale issues and connecting people and ideas. The building has several exhibition areas, an auditorium, and arguably the nicest terrace in Rotterdam. Located in the Museumpark, it has the Kunsthal Rotterdam and the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen as physical and cultural neighbours.