Jan Molema is a trained lawyer and linguist holding degrees from the Universities in Marseille, France, Freiburg, Germany and Groningen, The Netherlands. He started his professional career at the European Institutions in Brussels. n 2000 he spent 6 months at the European commission(DG Competition), and during that same year he entered the European Parliament as a policy advisor to an Member of Parliament being responsible for internal market and legal affairs. He held this post during 3 years. In 2003 he was recruited by IKEA Group to represent the company in European public and regulatory affairs, running EU wide campaigns in the field of trade, competition and internal market. He was based in Brussels and held this position during 3 years. In 2006 he was appointed Global Payment Card Manager, responsible for the total payment card portfolio of IKEA global, being spokesperson and chief negotiator in bank relations. In 2008 he joined the Russian Real Estate company of IKEA to lead the land acquisition department. As Head of Land and Permits department he was based in Moscow. He held this post during 4 years. In 2012 he returned to government administration by joining the Benelux Union General Secretariat, where he was appointed Head of the Internal Market Department. Covering mainly Energy, Transport and Trade issues.
The Benelux Union is an intergovernmental organization that has two missions: On one hand it strengthens cross-border cooperation by removing barriers or creating new legal instruments, and on the other hand the Benelux Internal market functions as a living lab for European Integration, by facilitating pilots or creating a legal framework for innovation. The focus is on: Internal Market and Economic Union, Sustainable Development, and Justice and Home Affairs. The General Secretariat is the centre of cooperation of the Benelux Union and initiates, supports and monitors the cooperation. With around 50 policy experts and supporting staff, the General Secretariat forms the beating heart of the Benelux. The Internal Market Department strives to foster cross-border synergies on economic affairs, mobility and energy.