Chief Editor: Cornelis Hulsman

Cornelis Hulsman

Personal Details
Name Cornelis Hulsman  
Date of Birth July 27, 1955
Place of Birth The Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Marital Status Married in 1988
e-mail [email protected]

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Professional Experience

Since Aug 2007

Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Arab-West Report, documenting Arab-West and Muslim-Christian relations with a media critique.
Since Oct 1 2005

General Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation:

  • Building an electronic library with over 28,000 reviews from Arab media and investigative reporting about subjects related to Arab-West and Muslim-Christian understanding
  • Supervising academic papers by student interns from various Western and Egyptian universities and developing CIDT into the largest intern provider in Egypt
  • Lecturing on Arab-West relations at Vienna University, the European Parliament, the annual the Bjoern Bue’s Human Rights Memorial Lecture in Norway for 2012
  • Organizing the visit of an Egyptian multiparty delegation to The Netherlands, October 2012
  • Forming a large network of connections with political and religious leaders as well as academic institutions in Egypt and other Arab countries

Febr 1 – July 1, 2010

Teaching religion and philosophy at Stanislas College, Pijnacker.


Project Director of the Electronic Network for Arab-West Understanding launched by HRH Prince Hasan bin Talal of Jordan (



Affiliate Assistant Professor in Journalism and Mass Communication, American University in Cairo

2002 Organizing Egyptian journalism workshop with prof. Mike Fowler of AUC
1994 – 2009 Correspondent for Dutch Radio, TV, Reformatorisch Dagblad, Katholiek Nieuwsblad. Interviews with major public personalities.
Jan – Oct 1994 Co-founder and Director Netherlands Emigration Foundation, editor of four books on migration.
1991-1993 Coordinator Emigration Issues, Netherlands Migration Institute
1986-1991 Director, Christian Emigration Center in The Netherlands (CEC), member of the SER emigration committee for privatizing Dutch emigration organizations
1984 – 1986 Consultant on several small farmers projects in Egypt and on forced and alleged forced migration from Turkey


1977-1984 Development Sociology, State University of Leiden, The Netherlands, M.A. degree. Focus on Middle Eastern studies, Islam, Eastern Christianity, Judaism and comparative religion.

Selected Lectures and activities


October 22, 2012

Bjoern Bue’s Human Rights Memorial Lecture for 2012; Love amidst fear and conflict: Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt 2012


May 9, 2012

Lecture in the European Parliament on Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt


November 24 2011

The HRH Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal Centre, University of Edinburgh, lecture on democratization and Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt


June, 21-22 2011

Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, Muslim and Christian relations following the January 25 revolution in Egypt


April 12-14 2011

European-Arab Dialogue, organized by a group of NGOs from the Arab World and Europe


March 15 2011

Parliamentarian Evening and German Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Muslim-Christian relations following the revolution


March 4-7, 2010

Workshop on tools for conflict resolution at the Anna Lindh Foundation Forum in Barcelona, Spain


May 2006

Coordinating the visit of former Dutch Prime Minister Andreas van Agt to Egypt, organizing key-note lectures and meetings with prominent government officials.


Public Functions

October 2009 – November 2012

Board member of the Bewoners Organisatie Rustenburg-Oostbroek (BORO) in The Hague, an organization of residents in a mixed Muslim-non-Muslim quarter of the city.

2003-2009 Secretary-General of the Foreign Press Association, Cairo, Egypt
1992-1994 Member of the Board of the Arabic School of Amsterdam.
1979-1994 Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Christian Democratic youth movement and Middle East Committee of the Christian Democratic Party.
1974-1982 Secretary-general Werkgroep Midden-Oosten (Middle East Committee), a student organization studying issues regarding the Middle East
  Numerous reports on intercultural dialogue, Muslim-non-Muslim relations, interreligious dialogue, religious freedom and media reporting
  Dutch (native), English (fluent), German (spoken), Arabic (speaking Egyptian dialect) and French (reading only)
Living in Egypt  

First visit in 1978

I visited the country at least several weeks in each of the following years. Resident from September 1982 - July 1983; October 1984 - July 1985; and October 1 1994 until today.


Traveling to forty five countries in Europe, Middle East (incl. Saudi Arabia), Africa and Latin America.

 October 30, 2012 Cornelis Hulsman