Work experience

2020 - Present

Editor-in-chief Kek Mama, & Kek Mama TV

DPG Media

2019 - 2020

Editor-in-chief Kek Mama, & Kek Mama TV

Sanoma Media Netherlands

2017- 2019

Digital managing editor & Libelle TV
Sanoma Media Netherlands

2016- 2017

Digital managing editor

Sanoma Media Netherlands

2014 - 2016

Columnist, online editor & acting digital managing editor

Sanoma Media Netherlands

2011 – 2013 
Managing editor of Stadleven magazine and digital content 


2010 - 2013

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

Clients: 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

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 - Present
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

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



Andy Arnts, editor-in-chief of En Route Magazine: “Helene is an excellent all round journalist who always delivers on time. Her pieces are of high quality and she is very engaged in the magazine. I once joked: ‘I wish I had ten Helene van Santen’s.’ But secretly, I meant it…” Email:


Zoe Souter, marketing manager at Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design: “From the very beginning of the Vogue Fashion Certificate Course Helene stood out as a star student and as the course progressed she grew in confidence. She won the prestigious prize of having the feature she wrote about Tommy Hilfiger's visit to the College published on I found her to be a hardworking, focused, talented and engaging student and am sure that she will be hugely successful in everything she does.” Email:


Helene van Santen

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


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