Who is Erik van der Zanden?
MSc. African Studies
I have a passion for Africa and students. As such I attempted to become an action researcher with focus on peaceful revolutions in Africa. My areas of interest are revolutions, conflict and peace. Through research I gain insights about social-political challenges, after which I becomes active to use that knowledge in the field as activist. Consequently, I often switch between the role of researcher and activist, two roles that I believe reinforce each other.
I am active as strategist for the opposition in Uganda who are in the midst of a peaceful revolution. Furthermore, I am in regular contact with several stakeholders, such as opposition leaders, students and human right activists.
Over the years I collected praise for my ability to combine persistence with a good sense for diplomacy and being able to relate to different people in a friendly way. I know how to turn complex ideas into relatable stories, and bring people together.
Currently, I publishing my first non-fiction book called: The Unfinished Revolution. It delves into how African nations became underdeveloped, and how youth could change this with peaceful methods.