Arie de Pater is an experienced advocate in promoting and defending Freedom of Religion or Belief on the national and international level with a particular emphasis on persecuted Christians. Arie has worked closely with the team of the liaison office of the World Evangelical Alliance to the United Nations. He has served the WEA as a member of its Religious Liberty Commission for over a decade. Since May 2017, Arie works as EEA’s Brussels Representative and puts a face and mouth to EEA’s presence at the European Union institutions and related networks in the European capital.

Arie is married to Francina with three children, one girl and two boys, all teenagers or adolescents. He loves to explore parks and the countryside with his bike or runners and enjoys old cathedrals, architecture, art, or a good read.