Rensje Teerink, of Dutch nationality, was born in Luxembourg and studied Cultural Anthropology/Non-Western Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Specialising in Asian studies she conducted extensive field research in western India (Gujarat and
Maharashtra). In 1985, she joined the Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam (CASA) as a researcher and, among other consultancy posts, contributed to a project funded by IDPAD (the Indo-Dutch Project for Alternatives in Development) on gender and labour migration in rural India.
She joined the European Commission in 1995 as administrator for South Asia. In 2006 she was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for India, Nepal, Bhutan and SAARC. In 2011 she joined the newly created European External Action Service as Deputy Head of Division for the same countries. She was nominated by EU HR/VP Catherine Ashton as EU Ambassador/Head of Delegation to Nepal and EU Representative to SAARC in April 2013.In May 2017 EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini nominated her Ambassador Designate/Head of Delegation to Bangladesh.
Ms Teerink is married with two children and, apart from her Dutch mother tongue, is fluent in English, French, German and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Hindi and Nepali.