Kustaw Bessems works for de Volkskrant, The Netherlands’ leading quality newspaper. There he spearheads Kijk Verder, the department voor online storytelling. He is in charge of creating video, multimedia, dataviz, tools or whichever form or combination thereof takes De Volkskrant’s journalism to a new audience and prepares the newsroom for possibilities in years to come. He is also the editor of Vonk, the paper’s innovative Saturday background and opinion section that he founded four years ago and has a weekly column on Dutch BNR News Radio. Kustaw has authored several books, the last one a self help guide for politicians. He is one of The Netherlands’ most influential tweeps and a staunch defender of free speech.