Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (born April 3, 1948) is the 11th NATO Secretary General and a Dutch politician. Scheffer (legally Jakob Gijsbert de Hoop Scheffer) served in the Dutch military in the late 1960's, flying military cargo planes. After his military service, he worked for the ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1976 to 1986.
When the list of candidates for the 2002 elections was chosen, his position as the party leader of the CDA became uncertain. After a power struggle with the party chairman Van Rij, De Hoop Scheffer resigned as party leader.
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer became the 11th NATO Secretary General on January 5, 2004 after Lord Robertson, who held the post from 1999 until 2003. The initial announcement was made on September 22, 2003.