Femke Halsema was born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, and is a Dutch politician and filmmaker. Educated as a criminologist, she held several positions in public administration. On 27 June 2018, she was appointed Mayor of Amsterdam and began serving a six-year term on 12 July 2018. She is the first woman to hold the position on a non-interim basis.
She previously was a high profile politician in the House of Representatives for the leftist green party and spent many years as the political leader for GroenLinks, namely between 1988 and 2010. From 2002 onwards, she was the parliamentary leader for her political party. Halsema is focusing on three major tasks ahead of her - combating crime, protecting minorities against abuse and unfair treatment and last but not least building a smart transport system connecting the whole city. Another important point of her programme will be the focus on new technologies and cultural innovation. In December 2010 Halsema announced that she would leave parliament after twelve years, aspiring to contribute to solving social problems on a more practical level.
Since her departure from political life, she has worked as a director in businesses, the semi-public sector, and the cultural sector. Halsema also published her political memoirs ‘Pluche’, and wrote the essay ‘Power and imagination’ for the ‘Month of Philosophy’. On 27 June 2018, she was appointed Mayor of Amsterdam and began serving a six-year term on 12 July 2018.