2022: John van den Heuvel
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Nikki Sterkenburg (1984) is a former investigative journalist who worked for “Quote”, “Elsevier”, and “Vrij Nederland”. In 2011, she received the Luis for the best interview and in 2017 the Mercur for magazine report of the year. In addition to her journalistic career, she received her PhD from Leiden University in 2021 on the motivations of radical and far-right activists, for which she interviewed and followed far-right extremists for years. In addition to her dissertation, she wrote the journalist book “Maar dat mag je niet zeggen: Een nieuwe generatie radicaal- en extreemrechts” (But you cannot say that: A new generation of radical and far-right), for which she received high praise. Sterkenburg is currently deputy head of national security at the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. She is also a board member of the National Committee for May 4 and 5 and is involved in the Beat Batten Foundation.