Anne de Graaf
Chief Diversity Officer
University of Amsterdam

Speaking topics:
Writing and the creative life 
Peace and Conflict studies
Peacebuilding and Human rights
Equity, diversity and inclusion
Youth, voice and agency 

Award-winning Author of more than 80 books
Published in 50 languages
Over 5 million books sold



Where in the world is Anne?

You never know where Anne is. For many years she travelled to post-conflict areas throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, interviewing young people and writing about what she saw and heard. Her teen and adult novels originate from these interviews: fiction based on fact. The topics vary from AIDS survival to child soldiers.


When she kept coming up against the same questions about peacebuilding again and again, she went back to school to try and find some answers. Having earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, she re-entered academia as a "mature student" and in 2015, defended her PhD in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her PhD is entitled: Speaking Peace into Being: Voice, Youth and Agency in a Deeply Divided Society. It explores the roles of young people--specifically their voices--in conflict and peacebuilding.


Teaching and writing. Suspense novels and children’s books. Listening, speaking to and about young people--these are the tools of Anne’s trade: Words--both written and spoken.



“Listen to what’s not
being said.”

Sun of a Gun Anne de Graaf


“It’s all about perspectives.”