Ambassador Teerink is of Dutch nationality, was born in Luxembourg in 1960 and studied Cultural Anthropology/Non-Western Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Specialising in Asian studies she conducted extensive field research in western India (Gujarat and Maharashtra). In 1985, she joined the Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam (CASA) as a researcher and, among other consultancy posts, contributed to a project funded by IDPAD (the Indo-Dutch Project for Alternatives in Development) on gender and labour migration in rural India. She joined the European Commission in 1995 as administrator for South Asia. In 2006, she was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for India, Nepal, Bhutan and SAARC. In 2011, she joined the newly created European External Action Service as Deputy Head of Division for the same countries. She was nominated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, as EU Ambassador/Head of Delegation to Nepal in April 2013. Ambassador Teerink  is fluent in English, French, German and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Hind