Ilja has many years of experience as a director and creative producer. She is an original, determined team-player and knows how to develop and produce a divergent genre of television programs and documentary series. Ilja is a decisive director and a creative story teller. She is able to motivate others and organize time and space when necessary. Her 'hidden talents' are her research skills, especially finding extraordinary stories, characters and locations and bringing them all together.
Together with her partner, D.O.P Remco Bikkers, Ilja founded Bureau NY in 2014. Together they like telling people's fascinating, personal stories which portray larger social issues and universal themes. Since the start of the new millennium Ilja spent most of her time working on tv productions abroad, filming in far away places. She became interested in capturing the differences between people’s views, believes and cultures but at the same time showing that people from different outskirts of the world are more alike than we sometimes think.
She has a congenital urge to cross borders, both literally and figuratively. Ilja knows how to adapt and react to changing circumstances and situations. She loves to work under challenging circumstances with a preference for the unknown and is always eager to take that one step further.
Education: Ilja received a Masters degree in International Relations and English Language & Literature in Utrecht (1998). She also studied a year in the US at Old Dominion University in VA and a semester at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.