Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. He provides strategic advice and insight on the nexus of geopolitics, global markets, and technology. For over a decade, he was an – inside and outside – advisor across the Netherlands’ Government, where he pioneered economic security as a policy theme.

In parallel to his advisory role, Hellendoorn worked a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the NATO Defence College, the European University Institute, the Clingendael Institute, and at Utrecht University. He holds a PhD in History and his doctoral research focused on how the interaction of nuclear technology, strategy, and Euro-American diplomacy led to the Atlantic nuclear order in the Cold War. He holds two MA degrees in the History of International Relations and European Integration from the College of Europe in Bruges and Utrecht University (cum laude).

He has widely published in international outlets, including the Washington Post, the Denver Post, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and Limes, and in most Dutch newspapers. He has also appeared as a commentator on television and radio. Hellendoorn speaks six languages (NL, EN, FR, ES, IT, GE) and has lived across Europe and in the USA.