Director of Expertise Centre for Research and Innovation
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
During the last three years, I have been active as Director of the Centre for Research, Innovation and Internationalization at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands. Prior to that, I was Programme Manager Creative Design for Development and Research Moderator at the same University, with a special focus on R&D projects for Art and Technology, Media, Music and Technology and Art and Economics in Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea and Costa Rica.
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 city, 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 management as well as an artistic background. This is coupled with a 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.
Board Activity outside of ELIA: At Le Grand Cru, a Dutch non-profit organisation that creates international productions and professionalisation programmes with dance companies from non-Western cultures.
Board Activity ELIA: Part of the team that supported the development of ELIA when it was established 28 years ago. Member of the Representative Board since 2014. Coordinator of the ELIA Working Group Art in Education since June 2018. HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the Supporting Members of ELIA.