WASHINGTON, D.C.—Eugene Lawson, former president and founder of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, and Ambassador Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, a former Dutch cabinet minister and former member of the European and Netherlands parliaments, have joined APCO Worldwide’s international advisory council.
In addition to his work with the USRBC, Lawson is also the founder of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. He also served as the vice chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and as deputy under secretary of labor for international affairs and concurrently as U.S. ambassador to the International Labour Organization. Additionally, he served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East Asia and the Pacific and as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for East-West trade.
Brinkhorst served as minister of economic affairs and minister of agriculture, nature management and fisheries in the Netherlands. He was also deputy minister of European affairs, a member of the House of Representatives and leader of the Democrats 66 parliamentary party. At the European Union, he served as ambassador to Japan and subsequently as director-general for Environmental Affairs and Nuclear Safety. Brinkhorst is currently a professor in international and European law and governance at the University of Leiden.