Noortje van Eekelen is director and founder of ACED, an international interdisciplinary platform for design and journalism, established in 2017. Van Eekelen has many years of experience as a professional designer based in Amsterdam. From May 2013 until May 2015, she worked within the journalistic field, for both Het Financieele Dagblad and NRC Handelsblad in Amsterdam. In recent years, Van Eekelen was affiliated as a lecturer at MA and BA departments of AKV St. Joost, Design Academy Eindhoven, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, and Communication & Multimedia Design (The Hague University). In the past she gained work experience at design studios such as Thonik, Studio Dumbar and Fabrique. Noortje van Eekelen holds a MA degree in Design from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.