PES Deputy Secretary General
Marije Laffeber (Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1974) is an expert on European and international policies, gender equality and democracy building. She was appointed a Deputy Secretary General of the PES in September 2012. Before that, she was a member of the PES presidency and was actively involved with PES Women.
Marije is a progressive activist since 1993, when she joined the youth organisation of the PvdA, the Dutch Labour Party.
She studied Journalism and Communication. In 1999 she started working for the PvdA delegation in the European Parliament and in the Dutch Parliament in the Hague. Then she moved to London for one year to work for the Secretary General of Socialist International Women (SIW).
From 2003-2012 Marije was part of the leadership of the PvdA, where she served at the National Executive Board. Her focus was European and international politics. She was elected International Secretary for four consecutive terms and was the first woman to hold that position.
She was in charge of international partnerships with the Middle-East, South Africa, the United States and the United Nations.
Marije has been involved in election campaigns since 1994 and has participated in local, national and European elections. Personally, she has run four elections.
Marije has worked on policy papers for both PvdA and the PES. She has been a major contribution to the international debate in the Netherlands, organising over 150 conferences on topic such as the ´Arab Spring´, HIV/ Aids, development, women and leadership, the financial crisis, migration or political parties in Europe.
From 2003 to 2012 she was member of the boards of the Alfred Mozer foundation for democracy and the Evert Vermeer foundation for Development.