Hans Buddingh’ graduated in economics and works as an editor for the leading Dutch newspaper and news site NRC. For this medium he frequently travelled to Suriname. In 1987 he published (with a co-author) Surinam, politics, economics and society. And in 1994 he wrote (with a co-author) the revealing book De Danser about the Surinamese drug cartel and its ties with the Colombian drug mafia. He has also contributed to several other book publications about Suriname.