Dr. Anne de Graaf has been the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) since November 2017. Her roles include helping drive the process of cultural change at the UvA toward greater equity, diversity and inclusion. As CDO she is charged with identifying, stimulating, creating and facilitating initiatives both inside and outside the institution; including, for example, her advice on competency-based hiring processes for the UvA, but also for the VSNU and Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Anne is also Senior Lecturer at Amsterdam University College (AUC), where she teaches “Human Rights Human Security” and “Peace Lab.” She was formerly Head of Studies, Academic Core, as well as Diversity & Outreach Coordinator at AUC, where she has taught since 2014.
Anne holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on marginalized groups, as well as peace and conflict studies, and explores the role of voice—specifically young people’s—as a means of claiming agency in peacebuilding and conflict. She currently conducts research in the field of Indigenous rights and is working with the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes in eastern Oregon. She is an award-winning author of over 80 books, with 5 million sold worldwide. Her teen and adult novels (fiction based on fact) explore themes such as child soldiers and AIDS survival. She has traveled extensively to post-conflict areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe, interviewing for her books and articles. She has also lectured and guest taught at universities in the Netherlands, South Africa and the U.S., including West Point Military Academy and her alma mater, Stanford University.