Curriculum Vitae


Personal data

Family name:                           Kuiper

First name:                              Jelle Jurrie (Jeroen)

Family status:                          married with Doreen Eick, three sons

Birth date:                                June 30th, 1970

Place of birth:                           Sleen, The Netherlands

Nationality:                               Dutch



1995 – 1996                             Post-academic course in journalism at the   highschool for journalism in Utrecht

1988 – 1994                             Studies of human geography, university Utrecht


Working experience

Jan. 2014 - now                        Freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany. Owner of coffee companies and


Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013               Freelance journalist in Medellín, Colombia. Correspondent for De Groene Amsterdammer, VPRO Radio, Freitag, Vrij Nederland, Knack, etc. Owner of coffee companies and


Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2011             Freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany. Correspondent for Dutch newspapers and magazines such as De Pers, De Groene Amsterdammer and Revu. Articles and features about The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia.


June 2009 – Aug. 2010              Project officer at Spolu International Foundation in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Spolu is a support organisation for Roma groups in South-Eastern Europe. Responsible for our programmes in Romania and Moldova. Further responsible for an international anti-racism campaign called ´Typical Roma?. 


Sept. 2008 – May 2009             Writer of the book: `The other Germany. The former GDR, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.` The book came out in August 2009 in The Netherlands.


Sept. 2004 – Aug. 2006             Freelance journalist in Caracas, Venezuela for Dutch and German newspapers and magazines. Features from Venezuela, Colombia, Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad, Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador. 


Dec. 2003 – Aug. 2004              Director of the Green Youth in Berlin, which is the German youth branch of the German Green Party


Feb. 2002 – Nov. 2003               International project coordinator of the German/Polish/Czech river protection network `Time for the Odra` for Friends of the Earth Germany, Berlin.


Aug. 2000 – Jan. 2002               European coordinator of the international climate campaign `The Bet` for Friends of the Earth Germany, Berlin in which school pupils from 88 schools in 16 European countries saved 8 % of their school CO2 emissions within 8 months.


Nov. 1997 – July 2000               Coordinator Environmental Policy Making at Milieukontakt Oost-Europa, Amsterdam: supporting eastern European environmental NGOSs, coordinating an EU environmental accession project, etc.


1996 – 1998                             Freelance journalist in Utrecht for newspapers and magazines such as Volkskramt, Trouw, Intermediair, etc.


1995 – 1996                              Tourist guide in Turkey, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen


Language skills 

Dutch                          mother tongue

Germany                     fluent

English                        fluent

Spanish                       fluent

Polish                          fair


Board memberships etc.

2009 - now                               Chairman of the German Greens in Oder-Spree


2008 - now                               City councellor in Woltersdorf for the German Greens, Chairman of the Greens in Woltersdorf


2003                                       Initiator of the European `Bike+10-tour´, a European cycling tour with 300 participants from ten European countries to commemorate the sustainability indicators of the 1992 Rio Summit


2001 – 2003                             Board member of the FYEG (Federation of Young European Greens) in Brussels


1990 – 1991                             Board member of  the VUGS (Vereniging van Utrechtse Geografie Stundenten)