Marjanne Paardekooper 

Director of Expertise Centre for Research and Innovation 

University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU)
Utrecht, Netherlands

In 2015 I became Director of the Expertise Centre for Research and Innovation at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the Netherlands. HKU seeks to make critical connections between educational, research and industry-based activities, in the broader context of public sector involvement and innovation. Based in the Utrecht Region these connections are made with carefully selected partners in the region, nationwide and internationally. It is part of my work to establish and link these connections and have them support a challenging and stimulating educational and research environment that rewards curiosity and experimentation. Such an environment is essential for the growing creative artist and the budding creative entrepreneur. I have extensive experience in coordinating international educational and R&D projects and have a management as well as an artistic background. Keen interest in other cultures and their way of living, ability to communicate, influence and connect governmental policies to the planning and implementation of international projects.
Over the past five years I have been active as the programme manager for Creative Design for Development and research moderator at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, with a special focus on R&D projects for Art and Technology, Music and Technology and Art and Economics in Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea and Costa Rica.
Board Activity:
I am secretary at Le Grand Cru (, a Dutch organization that creates international productions and professionalization programmes with dance companies from non-Western cultures.
Part of the team that supported the development of ELIA when it was established 25 years ago.

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