Meet the DutchReview team

Abuzer van Leeuwen

Founder & Managing Director

Founded DutchReview. Rotterdammer living in Leiden. Politics, innovation and epic food-reviews are his thing. Interested in doing anything with DutchReview? Contact him at abuzer[at]

Aurora Signorazzi


Aurora is an Italian PhD student from Groningen. She has been living in the Netherlands for two years and is by now familiar with many Dutch habits... But still finds plenty of reasons to be pleasantly (most of the time) amazed by this industrious country and its brutally honest inhabitants!

Meral van Leeuwen


Meral van Leeuwen is an editor, writer and food-addict. Brother of the other Van Leeuwen here. From Rotterdam, living in Utrecht. She authored the book 'IBB-boek'.

Kenneth Hull


Ken is an ex IT guy working frantically on his creative brain to recover. He lives in Nevada, USA and plans on spending time in the Netherlands. Ken can be found with coffee or wine writing content, comedy skits and screenplays.

Danielle de Wit


Danielle de Wit studied International Public Administration in Leiden. Now works at the senate. She's also in love with biological food, her little kitten and cupcakes.

Paola Ivanova Op den Kamp


Paola was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is experiencing the Dutch life for couple of years already, With a background in linguistics, media and international relations, she is a devoted music lover, good singer, active volunteer and a traveler, who likes to discover new places in full - by residing for some time.

Amanda Steck


I am a Mexican girl, born to a Swiss father and married to a Dutch guy, living in The Netherlands for 9 years (oh how time flies!). I have a background in Biology and Veterinary medicine and a passion for travel, writing, baking, reading, discovering bookshops jumping around like crazy and red dresses. I also blog at Poppies and Ice-cream.

Kirsten de Bouter Shillam


For 26 years Kirsten lived abroad before returning to her “home” country the Netherlands. The re-integration has been a weird and wonderful journey as described in her TEDx talk, but she is slowly settling back into the flat, cold and honest land. With a family that “crosses borders” there are still plenty of daily eyebrow raisers and hilarious confusions. Kirsten works as a speaker, coach and writer.

Janneke Hazelaar


Janneke is a translator, copywriter and business owner. A true digital nomad. Born and raised in the Netherlands, calling Rotterdam home. She has a Master’s degree in Law and specialises in legal translations. She tries to have a location free life as much as possible which has led her to Perth, Western Australia (for now).

Ceren Spuyman

Editor & Team affairs & Chief Insta

Born and raised in Istanbul, Ceren moved to Doha when she decided to follow her own Dutchie. Being restless by nature, she is now busy with everything Dutch by majoring in Dutch Studies at Leiden University while living in Delft.

Bobby Salomons

(News) Editor

Bobby Salomons is an Amsterdam-based published author and movie-blogger holding up too many balls to juggle at once. Suffering from Tortured Artist-syndrome he is left with no choice or hope until eventually breaking through.

Emily Hine


Emily is originally from the UK. She moved to Groningen over a year ago to study for her Master's degree and is struggling to leave. She is really enjoying learning about and embracing Dutch culture.

Renan Alejandro Salvador Lozano Cuervo


Pannenkoek en poffertjes conossieur/expert. Mexican that came for the graduate education, stayed for the stroopwafels and bikes. Ask me how to make the perfect guacamole, and about the hot spots in The Hague.

Lachlan Campbell


Lachlan is a native Australian copywriter currently living in The Netherlands. He's a fish out of water, and spent his first 18 years living by the beach in his hometown of Gerringong before moving to Canada. Lachlan's time in Amsterdam consists of exploring the city and trying to convince his mates back home he doesn't spend every waking moment in a coffee shop.

Samantha Dixon


Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.

Erik Janssen


Erik is Firmly footed in Nijmegen and is an editor at a local newspaper called De Nijmeegse Stadskrant. He works in the field of environmental finance at BankTrack, a watchdog of banks and their financing regarding environment, sustainability and human rights. He considers himself a Sherlockian.

Mary Petiet


Mary Petiet is an American writer, poet and reporter. She is a recent transplant from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and when she is not experiencing Dutchness, she is often writing about it. Mary can be found on her bicycle, in a cafe, or online at, where she chronicles her adventures on her blog #DutchScoop.

Emma Brown

Sr. Editor

Emma has recently completed her master's degree in Criminology and has a keen interest in drug policy research. Emma has a love of travelling, writing and photography, the perfect combination for an expat who has fallen in love with her second home.

Tiffany Leung


An American born and raised, Tiffany is fulfilling a lifelong dream as an expat in one of the happiest countries in the world. Learning Dutch hard and fast, she greatly admires Dutch culture and sensibility, but is also wondering whether she could ever one day also master the Mestreechs dialect.

Kristy Atkinson

Editor & Chief Pinterest

Originally from Tasmania (Australia), Kristy was living in London when she unexpectedly met a Dutch bloke and ended up moving to the Netherlands to be with him. Now she can be found taking numerous photos of their four weird cats and blogging at Tassie Devil Abroad.

Alex Foster


Alex Foster is an American of Dutch heritage and 11 generations later he still feels a great love of all things Dutch! After college in the US, Alex lived in the Pieter DeHoochstraat for 2 years, learning basic Dutch and beginning a life-long affinity for the Netherlands. Currently, he returns annually and enjoys exploring all corners of the Netherlands.

Madalina Buzdugan


Madalina is a curious mind who loves PR, lives to travel and thrives on sarcasm. A Romanian expat turning Dutchier by the minute, she blogs at and is always up for good wine, artsy events and cultural shizzle.

Simon Woolcot


Simon is a privileged Expat who came to Amsterdam from London for a six month assignment and has remained for nine years. Planning is obviously not his strong point. He spends his time commenting on various aspects of life in Holland on the Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man website.

Karan Narayan


Karan is studying sustainable energy technology at TU Delft and is always on the lookout for an excuse to visit Leiden (for the library, of course). When he isn't trying to save the world he burrows into the depths of the internet for pieces of humanity's greatest creation - cat videos.

Nick Ollivère


Nick recently moved to the Netherlands from the UK. He was born in Germany, raised in England, has an Irish father, a half-Dutch mother, and a French surname. If you can figure that out let him know! He works in the university world and is passionate about books, culture and wine. He now lives in Leiden with his beautiful wife and two beautiful (but insane) children.

Frank Kool


Born and raised in Holland, spent his time procrastinating and studying Psychology and Philosophy. Frank harbors a special interest in weird social phenomena (which are ALL social phenomenon if you think about them long enough).

Alexandra Huetter


Alexandra Huetter is a native Austrian with a passion for traveling. Having worked in tourism, marketing and sales she finally decided to exchange her 9-to-5 job for the unpredictable yet rewarding world of freelancing. She has been working as a freelance copywriter in Amsterdam since 2011.

Noah Bloem


Noah grew up in Dhaka, Jakarta, and New York City before finding his way to Rotterdam. Despite having recently snagged a bachelor’s degree at Erasmus University College, he is fully committed to postponing adulthood as long as possible.

Maria Smith


A 20something English girl with an affinity for The Netherlands, lipstick and shiny shoes. A tea addict and organizational freak that you would most likely find in a café with a notebook and sticky notes.

Chuka Nwanazia


Chuka is a professional blogger and freelance writer who studies and works in Amsterdam. He is also the founder and owner of Beejonson Web Content Writers. Chuka enjoys writing about his passions and interests. When Chuka isn’t writing web contents, reading an interesting book or just watching the news and football, he’s probably at a bookstore somewhere trying to score a good book.

Karl Webster


Karl is guilty of journalism, novels, radio comedy, copious copywriting, dictionary definitions, shampoo-label guff and the almost true-ish autobiography of a man with a bag of elbows for a head. As a writer, he's been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and Irvine Welsh and was once accused of "hovering somewhere between Dostoevsky, Wodehouse and Adrian Mole".

Sarah Kate O'Leary


I am an Irish student who, through an inability to make my own decisions, was simply told by my mother to choose The Netherlands as my Erasmus destination. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant, and I would like to write about it. When I am not acting as a safety threat to myself and others (cycling), you can find me sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.

Stephan Djamin


Stephan Djamin first set foot in the Netherlands 10 years ago and quickly found common ground with the locals: they all hate the weather. He is an aspiring lawyer looking to join the vast pool of the overqualified and underemployed. In the meantime, he enjoys writing for Dutch Review, playing football, and pondering the great questions of life.