Captain (Royal Netherlands Navy) Renée van Pamelen-Hollenberg (Alkmaar, 1961) commenced her career in the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) as Junior Professional Officer in 1979. After the Naval Academy, she attended the signals school after which she was commissioned and promoted to Sub-Lieutenant. Her first post was commanding a watch team in the signals center in Den Helder in 1980.
Developing a specialization in Information Communications Technology (ICT), from 1981 to 1991 Lieutenant Van Pamelen completed a number of appointments in the Trainers section of the Centre for Automation of Weapon and Command Systems. Until 1994 she worked as a system developer at the Centre for Automation of Administrative Information Systems.
Lieutenant Van Pamelen then continued as Function Analyst during the project phase and the management phase of Personnel Information Systems at the Personnel Directorate of the MoD. In 1998, Lieutenant Van Pamelen was posted at the Defence Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) as an IT consultant and project manager, and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
In 2002, on the eve of major defense reorganizations, she returned to the Directorate of Financial Management of the Royal Netherlands Navy. During that time she worked as a Business Analyst and setting up a Defence client organization as a contingency, should the Defence Telematics Organization (DTO) be placed outside the MoD.
In 2004, the client organization became a reality with the creation of the Defense ICT Service Center (DICTU). In 2005, on promotion, Commander Van Pamelen became Head of the Functional Management Cluster of Medical Information Systems at DICTU. Subsequently, Commander Van Pamelen became Head of the Functional Management Cluster Generic Information, which was responsible for all Generic Information Systems of the MoD.
In 2010, a career switch followed when Commander Van Pamelen volunteered to be deployed to Sudan to work with the Joint African Union/United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) where she held the position of Staff Officer J5. In 2011, Commander Van Pamelen was selected as the Netherlands Defence Attaché in the capital Juba of South Sudan, the newest nation in the world.
In 2013 she returned to the Netherlands as Deputy Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS), and was promoted to Captain (OF-5). In 2016 Captain Van Pamelen accepted the command of the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE) in Utrecht in the Netherlands. NATO C2COE advises NATO, sponsor nations and others on C2 issues with the focus on Processes and Structures, Information and Knowledge Management, and Human Factors (including Leadership).
Captain Van Pamelen has a degree in Organizational Psychology and is fluent in Dutch and English with workable German. She and her husband Theo live near Rotterdam and they have a grown up daughter and son. They are active in sports (golf, running), travelling and winter sports. Furthermore, Captain Van Pamelen is an active member of the Roman Catholic Parish community in her home town.