Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands is a social entrepreneur, writer, strategist and dialogue facilitator. Her work revolves around social innovation and intergenerational dialogue on sustainability as well as socio-economic issues. She is a passionate advocate of systemic change through human-designed solutions and emancipation of ‘unexpected experts’.
Princess Laurentien has been UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy and Development since 2009. In 2004, she founded the Reading and Writing Foundation, which has developed over time into a team of 100 professionals working to prevent and reduce illiteracy. In 2009, she founded Missing Chapter Foundation, which facilitates dialogue between children and leaders, engages in advocacy about the practical implementation of Art. 12 of the UN Convention of the Right of the Child. In 2017 she founded Number 5 Foundation, an independent space of thought and action around complex societal issues, by building alliances and coalitions of diverse stakeholders and empowering them to achieve goals. Princess Laurentien holds a range of honorary functions in the fields of literacy, European culture and conservation. She wrote several (children’s) books, including the Mr Finney-series. She and her husband Prince Constantijn have three children.