Hanna Luden has been CIDI’s director since 2015. She was trained as a computer scientist at the Technion in Haifa. She worked for 30 years as an ICT, organization and management consultant. In her former life she was also a university lecturer (Business Informatics) at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU).
Before joining CIDI, Luden was board member, and later the president of the friendship organization Netherlands Israel (www.genootschap-nederland-israel.nl ). Since the year 2001 Luden has been a (founding) board member of the Yiddish foundation in the Netherlands (www.stichtingijiddisj.nl) and the bulletin Grine Medine.
CIDI (www.cidi.nl ) is a Dutch public-affairs NGO with a two-fold task: advocating for Israel, and acting as the “antisemitism-watch dog” in the Netherlands. CIDI has extensive contacts with national and international organizations, government, legislators and public institutions. The center organizes lectures, seminars, discussions and conferences (in open and closed settings), in addition to publishing op-eds, and informative articles in the general and specialize media, bulletins, as well as a yearly antisemitism monitor on anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands (dating back to 1982). The monitors are published in Dutch, with English summaries.