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Work experience

2021 - Present

Editor-in-chief Margriet & (since 2023) Goed Gevoel

DPG Media

2019 - 2021

Editor-in-chief Kek Mama

DPG Media

2016- 2019

Managing editor & Libelle TV
Sanoma Media Netherlands

2014 - 2016

Online editor & acting managing editor

Sanoma Media Netherlands

2011 – 2013 
Managing editor of Stadleven magazine and digital content 


2010 - 2013

Columnist, (online) journalist & sub-editor (freelance)

Worked for: British Vogue (, Metro, En Route, Côte & Provence, Maison en France, L'Officiel, Vriendin, Prestage, XiN MagazineBlog Online (, Uitgeverij Meulenhoff/De Boekerij.


2007- 2010      

Features editor Vriendin magazine

Audax Publishing

2005 – 2007      

(Online) editor AT5 Nieuws

2004 – 2007      

Journalist Nobiles Magazine

Nobiles Media


Journalist (internship) Strictly Magazine and Samsonic Magazine 
Nederlandse Tijdschriften Groep



Journalist (internship) Spits
Telegraaf Media Group

Extracurricular activities

2017 - 2018
Examiner bachelor theses of Journalism students
School voor Journalistiek, Hogeschool van Utrecht

2015 - 2017
Board member magazines section
Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ)

2015 - 2017  

Examiner bachelor theses of Media, Information and Communication students
Hogeschool van Amsterdam

2014 – 2015    

Example of work: in April 2014 I presented the official Dutch premiere of the film "Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!" at theater Het Ketelhuis in Amsterdam


2013 - 2015     
Chairperson of the jury

Gender Equality in Politics Contest (annual) 



Education and qualifications



Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, London, United Kingdom
Vogue Fashion Certificate


2004 – 2007        

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Master of Science, Journalism and Communication Science



Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Journalism, exchange program (in English)


2000 – 2004        
University of Professional Education, Hogeschool van Utrecht, the Netherlands

Bachelor, Journalism


1999 – 2000      

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

French language and culture


1993- 1999          
High school Scholengemeenschap Reigersbos, Amsterdam, the Netherlands                         
VWO (Pre-university education)





Nederlandse Vereniging voor Journalisten (NVJ), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Denken in Beeld (Thinking in Images)


ICM (Institute of Commercial Management), Utrecht, the Netherlands

Practice Management (certificate)


Education First (EF), Ecole Internationale de Français, Paris, France




Nederlandse Vereniging voor Journalisten (NVJ), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Expeditie Bladenmaken (course for journalists who work in the magazine business)


Awards & achievements


Margriet: Cross Media Brand of the Year

Margriet: Mercur Magazine Brand of the Year

Nominee Cross Media Woman of the Year


Mercur Editor-in-chief of the Year
Kek Mama: Cross Media Brand of the Year


Kek Mama: Most Populair Lifestyle Website


2018 Most Popular Lifestyle Website
Libelle: Cross Media Brand of the Year


Libelle: Mercur Magazine Brand of the Year

Winner of writing competition by British Vogue and the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, with the article Tommy Hilfiger Goes Pop, which was published on


Helene van Santen

Editor-in-chief | Magazine creator | Digital strategist |
Author | Mercur Editor-in-chief of the Year 2020


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