Mrs. Sigrid Kaag started her career in the private sector and subsequently held a series of international positions, including Programme Manager and Head of Donor Relations at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jerusalem. She worked at the International Organization for Migration in Geneva from 1998 to 2004 and was a UN Senior Advisor in Khartoum and Nairobi in 2004 and 2005. Between 2005 and 2010, she held various positions at UNICEF, including Deputy Director of the Programme Division and Chief of Staff in New York, and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in Amman. Mrs Kaag later served as Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Subsequently she led the mission to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria in her capacity as UN Under-Secretary-General. When this mission was completed in 2015, she served as Under-Secretary-General in Lebanon with responsibility for all UN activities in the country, specifically the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
Mrs. Sigrid Kaag was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the third Rutte government (Netherlands) on 26 October 2017. She strongly supports the efforts to raise domestic revenue mobilisation.