- before her graduation, Mabel worked at ABN-AMRO, SHELL, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations (the latter two require background checks as conducted by the AIVD)
- she had a relationship with Muhamed Sacirbey, the Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- when she got engaged with Dutch Prince Friso, the Dutch Secret Service completed her background check within a week, something that would normally have taken months.
Wisse Smit was co-founder of the “European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans” in 1994, which was a non-governmental organisation that strived for peace, democracy and stability in the Balkan, and had Margaret Thatcher, Simon Wiesenthal and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing among its members.
In 1995 she was one of the co-founders of War Child Netherlands, she was on the Trustee Board until 1999. In 1997, she was appointed director of EU affairs of the “Open Society Institute” in Brussels, one of the foundations of Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros. From 2002 to 2008, Princess Mabel has worked in the London branch of the Open Society Institute where she is the “International Advocacy Director”, she “helps to coordinate all international OSI advocacy activities aimed at international policy change.”
The World Economic Forum in Switzerland counted her as one of the hundred “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”. She is a member of the worldwide Forum of Young Global Leaders, a thinktank and lobbygroup that aims to tackle global issues.
As of 1 July 2008 she is the first Chief Executive Officer of the Global Elders, a group of eminent individuals convened by Nelson Mandela to use their wisdom, independent leadership and experience to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. She oversees the day-to-day operations for the Elders.
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