Ambassador B. Ryelandt
Benoît Ryelandt was appointed Ambassador of Belgium to the Republic of Rwanda in August 2017.
Born in Brussels in 1957, Ambassador Ryelandt is married and has two sons. He graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics.
Prior to joining the Diplomatic Service in 1984, he was Attaché at the Belgian Office for Foreign Trade.
His first diplomatic assignments were at the Belgian Embassies in Nigeria (1986-1989) and Japan (1989-1993). He was then appointed Ambassador of Belgium to Vietnam (1993-1997), Head of Trade Policy and WTO Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-1999), Consul General in Milan (Italy, 2000-2002), Director of the Human Rights Directorate (2002-2006) and Director of the Belgian Office in Taipei (2006-2011).
From 2011 to 2017, Ambassador Ryelandt was Assistant to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that capacity, he also served as Chief Security Officer, in charge of the security of the Belgian diplomatic network and of the Belgian citizens abroad.