Simone Kukenheim was already active in politics during her time studying political science at university. In 2004, she did a fellowship for the American Congressman Tom Lantos, after which she worked for two years for Lousewies van der Laan, a member of the House of Representatives. While working at the international organisation Humanity in Action she was committed to increasing the involvement of a new generation of leaders for diversity and human rights. 

Kukenheim was also founder and board member of the youth organisation of the Centre for Information and Documentation of Israel (CIDI). In 2006, she was Group Chair of the council group of D66 in the District of Zuid and in 2010 served as a member of the Executive Committee. As portfolio holder she was, amongst other things, responsible for the investment programme for expansion, renovation and improvement of school buildings. She was also responsible the citywide implementation of the recommendations of the Gunning Committee in response to the Amsterdam sex crimes case.

Simone Kukenheim lives with her partner and has three children.

Personal details

Ms Simone Kukenheim
Born on 14 September 1979 in The Hague


  • Drama school, Maastricht (not completed)
  • Political Science, University of Amsterdam


  • 2005: Project Assistant for VMBO Amsterdam
  • 2004: Fellowship at the United States House of Representatives


  • 2010 - 2014: Portfolio holder for the District of Zuid
  • 2006 - 2010: Group Chair for D66 in the District of Zuid
  • 2005 - 2010: Senior Policy Assistant for D66 parliamentary group

Other positions

  • 2013 - present: Committee member Humanity in Action Netherlands
  • 2010 - 2013: Chair of the Supervisory Committee for the Foundation for Public Education on the Amstel (Stichting Openbaar Onderwijs aan de Amstel)
  • 2005 - 2007: Founder/Secretary for Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Network
  • 2001 - 2004: Founder/Committee member for the youth organisation of Centre for Information and Documentation of Israel (CIDI).


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