H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parme
Ambassador to the Holy See
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Jaime de Bourbon de Parme was formally the Special Envoy on Natural Resources at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main focus was long-term and sustainable security of supply of energy, metals and minerals. He set up the Conflict Free Tin Initiative, which brings traceable minerals from conflict prone areas in Congo to the international market. He brokered a deal with Bolivia, which has the greatest deposits of lithium in the world, to help industrialize their lithium sector. He also founded the Responsible Mining Index. Concurrently he is a member of the advisory boards of the World Resources Institute and the Responsible Mining Index and he joined the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Mining of the World Economic Forum. He has been selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Young Global Leader in 2007. Previously, Jaime de Bourbon de Parme was responsible at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for pe acekeeping operations in Africa. He was a member of the Cabinet and Political Advisor to Commissioner Kroes, European Commissioner for Competition. He worked in the field as Political Advisor to the Dutch Commander of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Northern Afghanistan. As a diplomat he helped to set up the Netherlands Embassy in Baghdad. He was an Interviewer for a documentary series on war economies in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Congo. He worked as an analyst for ABN AMRO Bank in Latin America. Before starting his masters he volunteered to work for the International Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras. Jaime holds an MA with distinction from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA with honors from Brown University.