Frans van Daele

Head of Cabinet to His Majesty the King of the Belgians; former Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy

Since July 2013, ambassador Franciskus (Frans) van Daele is the Head of Cabinet to His Majesty the King of the Belgians.

He joined the Belgian Foreign Service in 1971 and his career has included several bilateral and multilateral assignments. After a first term at his country's Permanent Mission to the European Union (1973-77), he served in Athens as First Secretary (1977-81) and in Rome as Minister-Counselor (1986-89). Between these two postings he served a second time at Belgium's Permanent Mission to the EU (as Antici, i.e. Chief of Staff to the Ambassador) and then as Press Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry under Minister Tindemans (1984-86).

He was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Belgian Mission to the United Nations in New York between 1989-1993, and alternate Representative to the UN Security Council of which Belgium was a non-permanent member in 1991-1992. When that posting ended, he was appointed Director General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry (1994-97). Subsequently, Mr. van Daele was Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels (1997-2002). During this period, he was Belgium's negotiator for the Treaty of Nice. Between 2002-2006 Frans van Daele served as Belgium's Ambassador to the US. After a term as Belgium's Permanent Representative to NATO (2007-2009), he became Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Yves Leterme.

In November 2009 he joined the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, as Head of Cabinet. Between November 2009 and November 2012 Frans van Daele was closely involved in economic, financial and monetary matters related to the euro crisis, and as well in the relations between the EU and its ten strategic partners. Frans van Daele has a Master Degree in Philosophy and Arts from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.