Hi, My name is Michiel. I am a Dutch resident, living in Amsterdam and a regular contributor to both the Dutch and the English websites. I have both a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Political Science. I have founded and worked for several non-profit fund-raising organizations, both in managment as well as research areas. Currently I am working as a freelance public speaking consultant, specializing in NGO's in the international development aid area of expertice. I am particularly interested in European, Middle Eastern and Asian political and economic history, but also regularly update myself in the area's of biology, anthropology, sociology and (American, Eurpoean and Japanese) popular culture.