Noortje van Eekelen is founder and director of ACED. Van Eekelen has years of experience as a professional designer and project manager based in Amsterdam. From 2013 to 2015 she worked within the journalistic field, for Het Financieele Dagblad and NRC Handelsblad in Amsterdam. Based on her passion for journalism and design, she took the initiative in 2016 to set up ACED. Van Eekelen is currently working as a lecturer at the MA Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. In the past she worked as a teacher at MA and BA departments of AKV St. Joost, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Design Academy Eindhoven and Willem de Kooning Academy. In the past she gained work experience at design studios including Thonik, Studio Dumbar and Fabrique. Noortje van Eekelen has a MA diploma Design from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.