Matthijs Veenendaal

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Person.png Matthijs VeenendaalRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(scientist, deep state operative?)
ResidenceThe Hague,  the Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Leiden, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
Interests • Cyber Security
• Deepfakes
• “Cyberterrorism”
PartyDemocrats 66
Leading Dutch cyber-expert that helped with the first Dutch cyber-defence strategies. Suspected liaison of the Institute for Statecraft and helped setting up their Dutch cluster. Has a spooky interest in deepfakes.

Employment.png Senior scientist integrator

In office
May 2018 - Present
EmployerNetherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
This organisation was present at the event where the Dutch Cluster of the II was set-up

Employment.png Senior advisor Defence Cyber Command

In office
August 2017 - May 2018
EmployerDutch Ministry of Defence
This organisation was also present at the Dutch Cluster formation

Employment.png Senior Policy Advisor

In office
July 2006 - November 2012
EmployerDutch Ministry of Defence

Employment.png Policy Advisor

In office
2003 - 2005
EmployerEconomische Voorlichtingsdienst
An state-funded organisation focused on supporting and educating businesses how to develop their companies in foreign countries.

Employment.png ICTU

In office
2000 - 2003
Dutch state-operated IT project developer. Set-up the main infrastructure of many Dutch governmental sites.

Matthijs Veenendaal is a scientist based in The Hague working for the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research known as TNO in Dutch. The TNO was present and sponsored the summer conference set-up by HCSS members Sijbren de Jong, Rianne Siebenga and Katharine Klacansky where the Dutch Integrity Initiative Cluster was formed in 2017[1].


His LinkedIn page links to various international operatives working for cybersecurity companies, from the US to Greece and Japan. He has dozens of cyber warfare lieutenants, liaisons and generals as connections. Very well connected to say the least.[2]

Stratcom and Three Dutch Ministries

Veenendaal and leader Maria de Goeij met at the Riga, Latvia STRATCOM dialogue in 2018.[3][4] Veenendaal is noted as a vital scientist in the Dutch IT-world having set-up many government websites and more importantly "the development of cyber defence policy at the Dutch Ministry of Defence and was the principle author of the first Defence Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace (2012). He also played an important role in the development of the two National Cyber Security Strategies of the Netherlands."[5]


At the Riga STRATCOM Dialogue, Veenendaal, in 2018 was a speaker for a session named “Did this Order Really Come from the President?” with the following guide;

“Trust is a key foundation of a well-functioning society. Without reliable communication, organizations cannot operate effciently, be they corporations or government institutions. Malicious actors are aiming to exploit vulnerabilities in communication flows. With the advent

of new technology, it is possible for adversaries to impersonate leaders and create false impressions among population.

The Tallinn based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence will organize a session focusing on questions including: What is at stake? What can nations do to enhance and protect trust in democratic institutions? Or is it already too late?”
Matthijs Veenendaal [6]

Seemingly implying deepfake-technology and their use in statecraft was not a far-fetched idea.


Event Participated in

2018 Riga Stratcom Dialogue11 June 201813 June 2018Latvia
Spooky/MICC conference attended by Maria de Goeij whose trip report on it for the Integrity Initiative was leaked.
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