Gérard A. Brikkenaar van Dijk was appointed NBSO-Texas Chief Rep in October 2010. He brings extensive government and business experience to the office, ranging from the Dutch Foreign Service to early involvement and expansion of successful startups in the entertainment, internet and datacenter industries, many in a trans-Atlantic context. Van Dijk holds a B.Sc. in Journalism from Boston University and an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia.