Arjan Verdooren was born and raised in one of Amsterdam's most multicultural suburbs. During his studies in Communication, he developed a deep interest in intercultural communication. After receiving his MSc, he started working for the Royal Tropical Institute (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen), an independent knowledge centre for international and intercultural cooperation, as a trainer and consultant of intercultural communication, intercultural competence and cultural diversity. Over the years, he has worked with a wide range of clients, ranging from companies to schools and professional football organizations. He is also a regular guest lecturer at several universities and universities of applied sciences. Arjan sees it as his main contribution to the intercultural field to connect theory and practice and has published several articles for professional and academic journals. He is still associated with the Royal Tropical Institute and divides his time between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Göteborg, Sweden.