Prof. Uri Rosenthal (1945) is a Dutch politician of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He was a member of the Senate (1999-2010) – from 2005 as parliamentary leader. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government Rutte I (2010-2012). In 2011 he was one of the initiators of the Freedom Online Coalition.
From 2013 until March 2017 Rosenthal served as the Dutch Government’s Special Envoy for International Cyber Policy. In that capacity he has been responsible for the preparation of the Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague (April 2015) and for the dissemination of its results within the context of the London Process – with a particular focus on a free, open and secure internet as well as a secure and stable cyberspace. In the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace he will continue these efforts as Special Representative for the London Process.
Rosenthal received a PhD from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1978. In 1980 he became a professor of political science and public management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 1987 until 2010 he was professor of public management at Leiden University.
Prof. Rosenthal is one of the founders and former chairman of the COT Institute for Safety, Security and Crisis Management which plays a major role in research, training and quick-response advice on a broad spectrum of security and crisis management in the public and corporate sector. He also is the founder and former chief editor of the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (John Wiley & Sons).
At present he is advisor at the Crisis Research Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and at the Crisis Management Center, Nanjing University, China. He is a member of the Board of Governors at the International Development Research Center (Ottawa, Canada). In the Netherlands he is chairman of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and he leads the Supervisory Council for Veterans Care.