Date of birth: 25 April 1966
Nationality: Dutch
Marital status: Married to filmmaker Robert Oey, mother of twins Bruno and Suzy
Adress: Transvaalkade 74
1092 JS, Amsterdam
Mail: liekje@dekunstvanwel.nl (business)
LANGUAGES Dutch (native language), English (fluent), French and German (reasonable)
1993 MA Criminology and Sociology of Law, Utrecht University, Netherlands
1988 BA Teacher Training Dutch and History (unfinished), Utrecht


2016 – present Writing a novel, working title ‘The statesman and the young terrorist’.
2015 – present Preparing, researching and producing a documentary-series on the development of terrorism in recent years for Dutch television (NTR) (to be broadcasted in 2017)
2015 – 2016 Advisor on sustainability and human rights for Pacombi (international packaging/disposables industry)
2013 – 2016 Writing a political memoir: ‘Pluche’ (Published in march 2016)
2013 – present Co-founder of, and writer for ‘The Correpondent’, a digital platform for investigative journalism
2013 – 2015 Coproducing and writing a political drama series: ‘De Fractie’ (broadcasted in 2015)
2012 – present Writing a book (‘The case M.’) on the sexual abuse of more than 80 children in an Amsterdam daycare center
2012 – 2014 Preparing, researching and presenting a documentary-series on ‘Women and Islam’ for Dutch television (NTR) (broadcasted in 2014)
2012 Affiliate Professor, Utrecht University (The significance of social media and media technology on human rights and democracy)
2011 – 2012 Essayist for the largest quality newspaper De Volkskrant (on a monthly basis)
2011 Affiliate Professor, Tilburg University (Politics in the 21st century)
2002 – January 2011 Chairman Parliamentary Group GroenLinks (Green party)
Political Leader, Political Party GroenLinks
1998 – January 2011 Member of Parliament, parliamentary Group GroenLinks
1997 – 1998 Project Leader Res Publica: researchproject of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (on the significance of the Constitution in Dutch Law and Society)
1993 – 1997 Staff Employee Wiardi Beckman Stichting (research institute to the Dutch Labour party)
1991 – 1993 Advisor and researcher for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, taskforce ‘Police and Minorities’
1992 Lecturer Philosophy of Science and Scientific Methodology, Utrecht University


2016 – present Chairman Controlling Board Aidsfonds/Stopaidsnow (honorary);
2015 – present Chairman Board Dutch Association for Care for the Disabled and q.q. member of the board of VNO-NCW – the Dutch Employers Organisation;
2015 – present Member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee
(IRC), United Kingdom (as a delegate on behalf of Stichting Vluchteling) (honorary);
2015 – present Member of the Supervisory Board of Start Foundation (a social investmentfund);
2014 – present Member of the Supervisory Board of Independer (Consumers Organization for the verification of financial products);
2013 – present Member of the Board of the Fulbright Center (Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange) (honorary);
2012 – present Chairman Supervisory Board, Weekblad Pers Groep (large Publishing Group);
2012 – present Member Controlling Board Stichting Vluchteling (Dutch Refugee Rescue Organisation, partner of the International Rescue Committee) (honorary);
2011 – present Chairman Board Female Economy /Zina Platform (Dutch Theatre group) (honorary);
2013 Chairman of an independent committee, on the request of the Dutch Government, on a code of conduct for the semi-public sector;
2012 – 2013 Chairman of an independent research committee, on request of the Minister of Education, on preferential treatment and possible misuse of public funds by the board of a large high school (presented in February 2013);
2012 – 2014 Chairman Advisory Board ASN-Bank (Sustainable Bank);
2011 – 2013 Member of the board of Barnfilms (honorary);
2011 – 2013 Member Supervisory Board World Press Photo (honorary);
2010 Chairman Jury Dutch National Literature Prize AKO-prijs (honorary)
2008 – 2009 Chairman Jury Dutch Children Literature Prize, twice (Woutertje Pieterse Prijs) (honorary)
1998 – present Goodwill Ambassador to various Charity Organizations (honorary)


2016 Pluche. Politieke memoires, Ambo Anthos Amsterdam (Political memoirs)
2010 Zoeken naar Vrijheid, Bert Bakker Amsterdam (Essays discussing Freedom)
2008 Geluk! Voorbij de hyperconsumptie, haast en hufterigheid, Bert Bakker Amsterdam (On Consumption and the Economic Crisis)
2006 Over de linkse lente (in gesprek met Michiel Zonneveld), Bert Bakker Amsterdam (Discussing the future of Progressive Politics)
1997 Land in zicht. een cultuurpolitieke benadering van de Ruimtelijke Ordening (met Maarten Hajer), Bert Bakker Amsterdam (On the Culture of spatial planning)
1995 Ontspoord. Opstellen over criminaliteit en rechtshandhaving, Wiardi Beckman Stichting Amsterdam, (Essays on Crime and Law Enforcement)
1993 – present Various articles, essays and columns in (scientific and popular) magazines and newspapers