Drs. Cornelis Hulsman
Cornelis Hulsman was born in 1955 in the Netherlands and first came to Egypt in 1976 where he got to know his Egyptian wife. He studied Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, 1977-1984, with a focus on Egypt. He occupied leading positions in the Dutch emigration service and left in 1994 with his family for Egypt where he has been working on intercultural dialogue.
Hulsman is the founder of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) in 2005. CIDT has built a large database about contemporary Egypt that aims at breaking stereotypes about Muslim-Christian relations. HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan and other dignitaries have praised their work. CIDT cooperates with the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), a leading player in the world in electronic database development. CIDT became in 2016 a member of UN Global Compact. Hulsman was nominated in the same year by a group of Egyptian and non-Egyptian dignitaries for the Global Business and Interfaith Peace Award.