Mr Eggers best known works include "A heart-breaking work of staggering genius", a semi-autobiographical novel about how he had to raise his brother following the death of their parents and "What is the what" that describes the life of a Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng, and the difficulty he encounters being accepted in the US.
Eggers also has considerable social commitment founding ScholarMatch, an organisation that helps students find a bursary, and 826 National, an organisation that stages writing courses for 6 to 18-year-olds.
Dave Eggers is the publisher of the literary magazine Mc Sweeneys.
On 17 March Mr Eggers presents a reading at the Vooruit in Ghent. On 18 March he will dialog with Ghent University lecturers.
The Amnesty International Chair is awarded for an 8th time in recognition of a figure that supports human rights.