Joris Luyendijk was born on 30 December 1971 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Luyendijk studied in Kansas, Amsterdam, and Cairo. He earned his Master’s degree equivalent “doctoraal” degree in Cairo. His first book (1998, A Good Man Sometimes Beats His Wife) is about the Egyptian society from a Western observer’s point of view. He eventually became a news correspondent for various Netherlands-based media organisations in the Middle East for a number of years. He was based in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. He also reported on the Second Gulf War in Iraq. His book People like us (2006) is a report of his experiences as a news correspondent in the Middle East, and quickly became a bestseller in the Netherlands. The book has since been translated and published in many countries around the world. In People Like Us, Luyendijk tells the story of his five years as a correspondent in the Middle East. He chronicles first-hand experiences of dictatorship, occupation, terror, and war. His stories cast light on a number of major crises, from the Iraq War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, along with less-reported issues such as underage orphan trash-collectors in Cairo. The more he witnessed, the less he understood, and he became increasingly aware of the yawning gap between what he saw on the ground and what was later reported in the media. From January 2010, he held the Leonardo Chair at the University of Tilburg, and taught the masterclass “Journalism for the 21st Century”. Luyendijk studied Arabic in Amsterdam and Cairo.
In September 2010 Joris Luyendijk was asked to shadow the Dutch Parliament and government in The Hague , resulting in a book on Dutch politics, titled Je hebt het niet van mij, maar… (“You didn’t hear it from me, but…”). From 2011 Luyendijk was based in London where he worked for The Guardian. In “The Joris Luyendijk Banking Blog” he provided an anthropological perspective on the financial world. In Dutch-language newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Standaard Luyendijk commented weekly on his life in the City. His book about the City Swimming with Sharks has appeared in over fifteen countries and was the best-selling book of 2015 in the Netherlands.
Joris will be chairing the conference agenda and moderate the panel discussions during the day.