Johan van Rijn studied law in Leiden, obtaining a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) and a master’s degree in public international law. Having won a Fulbright scholarship, Johan subsequently pursued an M.A. in international relations from Yale. After graduation Johan moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he worked for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for three years. He then went to London to join a strategic communications consultancy. Johan has been back in The Netherlands since 2015 and works as a senior policy adviser for the Dutch government.