Leen Verbeek is vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. He has been King’s Commissioner for the province of Flevoland, the Netherlands, since 2008. Prior to that, he has served from 2003 to 2008 as mayor of Purmerend. He attended the Academy for Educational Labour in Baarn and started his political career through political institutions, ending up as an alderman in Houten. Mr Verbeek is co-founder and chairperson of the International Tree Fund, which carries out rural projects in Latin America.