Noortje van Eekelen is director and founder of ACED, an interdisciplinary platform for design and journalism, established in 2017. Van Eekelen has many years of experience as a professional designer and project manager based in Amsterdam. From 2013 until 2015, she worked within the journalism 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, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Design Academy Eindhoven and Willem de Kooning Academy. 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.