Belgian Ambassador, Retired
Danielle del Marmol was born in Brussels, of a Wallonian mother and a father who had immigrated from North Caucasus. She has a doctor’s degree in Law from Brussels University. After practicing at The Bar, she joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs and was then appointed attaché at the Bank Commission.
There, she met her future husband, François del Marmol, himself a Belgian diplomat. She accompanied him to Moscow, his first assignment and then decided to take the entrance examinations to the diplomatic career. She passed the examinations and returned to Brussels with their three children to do her training period as a diplomat (1984-1986), while traveling from time to time to Addis Abbeba (Ethiopia), where her husband was posted.
Danielle del Marmol’s first assignment as a diplomat (1986-1990) was at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the European Union. Between 1990 and 1994, she worked as Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Belgium in Rome. In 1993, the year in which Belgium held the presidency of the UE, she worked temporarily at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU, where she participated to the preparation of the first cooperation agreement between Israel and the EU.
Between 1995 and 1999, Danielle del Marmol was appointed Economic and Social Counselor at the King’s Cabinet. Her next assignment, from 1999 to 2003, was Ambassador to the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in Vienna, where she dealt, among other matters, with the fight against racism and antisemitism. Her last post before arriving to Israel (2004-2006) was Roving Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia.