Nurhayu Santoso studied linguistics at Leiden University. She is an Indonesian translator and teacher at the Volksuniversiteit Den Haag. Since 1997, she has been doing various translation projects professionally, on a freelance basis. Together with Susi Moeimam she has translated work by authors including Maarten Hidskes and Anton Stolwijk.
Nurhayu Santoso and Susi Moeymam often translate together; they are accredited as a translator duo.