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
1995 – 1996 Post-academic course in journalism at the highschool for journalism in Utrecht
1988 – 1994 Studies of human geography, university Utrecht
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 www.thecoffeequest.nl and www.coffee-imports.com.
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
Dutch mother tongue
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)