Gordon Darroch is a British journalist living and working in The Hague. He has written for publications including The Guardian, USA Today and the Glasgow Herald, and is a regular contributor to the English-language site DutchNews.nl. He likes stroopwafels and stamppot but draws the line at snert. You can access all his latest ramblings on Dutch politics at wordsforpress.wordpress.com.
Natalie Righton, born in 1976 in The Netherlands, currently works as a parliamentary reporter for De Volkskrant in The Hague.
Before this she was a press officer for a number of humanitarian organizations allowing her to work all over the world.
In 2013 she published the book Duizend dagen extreem leven, a diary of her days as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Read Natalie’s tweets.
Comedian, American and Dutchman Greg Shapiro (1968) came to the Netherlands in 1994 to help establish comedy theater Boom Chicago. In 2007 Shapiro presented ‘Comedy Central News’ and then went solo. He’s since worked with several Dutch radio and TV stations. You will recognize his voice from the viral ‘Netherlands Second’ video. It’s great.
Jolene den Boer
Amsterdam-based Dutchie and art historian from the year 1978. Ever since she can remember, she was an avid collector of all kinds of things concerning art. Images, articles, books, and (guilty pleasure) those magnets at gift shops. Jolene is founder and blogger at Spoonful of Art, a website with news, background info and all sorts of nice-to-know-things about art and design in NL, and works as an editor, providing art historical and cultural content for magazines and websites.
When local entrepreneur Serdar Tonkas (1982) founded the TonTonClub in the middle of the Amsterdam Red Light District he didn’t expect this to lead to several XL large editions, traveling arcades for festivals and two additional locations, but this r. Tonight he will share his tips on what to in your spare time when not ordering a ramen soup and playing an old school game of pinball in one of his arcades.
Jeannette M. Vermeulen-Rodd (host)
As a small town girl from South Africa, Jeannette’s love of broadcasting began with her own small radio show at school. After a booming career in sales and recruitment she followed her heart to Amsterdam, where she pursued her talent for coaching, acting and presenting. Jeannette has played roles in short films, and acted on Scandal (a popular sitcom in South Africa); as well as presented international documentary film festivals; and hosted live talk shows. Jeannette is the creator of A Million Stories. An online TV program which inspires and empowers our human community to live truthfully.
Duke John (DJ)
Before and after the program DJ Stephan Wolven aka Duke John (resident DJ at Studio/K, Melkweg and several parties in Amsterdam will fill the room with his groovy mixes of jazz, funk and hip-hop to create the perfect vibe for some good conversation. Listen to him fixing the speaker on Soundcloud.