Mieke holds a Master of Arts degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. For twelve years, she worked as a personal assistant to the artistic director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, where she was responsible for organizing auditions and masterclasses and performed a variety of administrative tasks. Mieke has a broad interest in history and culture and enjoys travelling, exhibitions, movies and reading. Her fascination for the history and politics of the United States makes her visit the country regularly. She is a guest writer for USA365.nl, a website dedicated to all kinds of America related topics.