Yoeri Albrecht

​Yoeri Albrecht (1967) is the director of De Balie, a national cultural debating centre, incubator and thinktank in the heart of Amsterdam. He is an independent journalist, producer, media advisor and opinion leader.

In 2017 The Volkskrant called him one of the 100 most influential Dutchmen. He is a regular political commentator at Public Radio 1. He was political editor for the weekly Vrij Nederland and has written for Elsevier, De Volkskrant, Neue Züricher Zeiting, TAZ and The New York Times.

His documentary on the Palio of Siena won several international awards and was opening film at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and his book artwork/book Underworld has been nominated for the Prix de Rome award.

He is founder and board member of the European Press Prize Foundation, together with among others The Guardian Foundation, Reuters Foundation and JyllandsPosten/Politiken. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of OSIFE (Open Society Initiative for Europe) He is also non-executive director of the board of media house Vereniging Veronica (the owner among others of Het ANP, national news agency) and member of the board of Gieskes-Strijbis Foundation, a foundation which provides funds for culture, nature and democracy.

Yoeri Albrecht has studied history and international law at Leiden University. He was a Junior Dean at Queen's College in Oxford for three years. He taught 'The Idea of Europe' at Oxford University. He advised the Boards of Directors of British Petroleum and Fortis and a private banker on their European strategies. He was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2005 and travelled the US. Yoeri Albrecht is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the American Foundation Humanity in Action.

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