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Anne de Graaf has been appointed Diversity Officer of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The appointment will enter into force on 1 November 2017. She is currently Head of Studies for Academic Core and Outreach Coordinator at Amsterdam University College (AUC).

Anne de Graaf - Picture: Vittoria Dentes
Photo: Vittoria Dentes

During the presentation of the Diversity Committee's final report in the autumn of 2016, Executive Board President Geert ten Dam announced that the UvA would appoint a Diversity Officer. The past few months have been spent drawing up the job profile, putting together the Appointments Committee, conducting a lengthy selection procedure and holding interviews with various candidates.

Executive Board President Geert ten Dam: ‘Anne de Graaf has shown that she is sensitive and  flexible, and has the ability to bring people together – qualities that are indispensable for this role. She has a broad view of diversity and sets the bar high as reflected in the way in which, even during the interviews, she was able to translate her knowledge and experience into an action plan with long and short-term goals.’

Job profile

As Diversity Officer, De Graaf will have a coordinating role and will work closely with Diversity Officers at the departmental level. Together they will develop diversity policies and link these to the UvA’s education and personnel policies. Staff intake and advancement form an important part of her role, with attention paid to career guidance and scouting talent for academic and administrative roles. De Graaf will also look at ways to make the UvA more accessible to students from under-represented population groups. The Diversity Officer will answer directly to the Executive Board.

Anne de Graaf: 'I am very grateful for the trust the UvA puts in me. This is a challenging job and an exciting opportunity to help shape policy and the conversation about equal opportunity and gender equality within the UvA. I am honoured and feel quite privileged by this next move in my career. I will be combining this with my continued teaching in human rights, human security, and peace building.’

About Anne de Graaf

De Graaf conducted research in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research focuses on marginalised groups and peace and conflict studies. De Graaf has written several books, for which purpose she regularly travelled to post-conflict areas in Africa and the Middle East, among other places. She has previously worked as a lecturer and guest lecturer at universities in the Netherlands, South Africa and the US, including West Point Military Academy and her alma mater, Stanford University.


Both the job profile and the composition of the Appointments Committee were developed in consultation with the Central Student Council, the Central Works Council, the Diversity Forum and the deans of the faculties.