Hester Somsen is Deputy National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) and director Cyber Security and State threats.
Before joining the NCTV, Hester Somsen worked for 23 years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In recent years as director of Security Policy. In that position she was responsible for implementing and monitoring Dutch international security policy in areas such as counterterrorism, cyber, hybrid threats and peace and crisis management operations.
From 2013 to 2016 Hester was ambassador to Beirut. She has previously worked in regions such as the Middle East, Africa, Central Europe and the Balkans.