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Anneliek Sijbrandij is the director of the Verbier Art Summit in Switzerland, living and working in the Netherlands. She studied Law at the University of Groningen and joined Andersen Amsterdam as a tax lawyer in 2000. Most of her career she worked with professional services firm Deloitte in London, the UK. In 2012, she followed her passion for art and studied Modern & Contemporary Art and Art World Practice. Whilst on a sabbatical in Verbier, Switzerland, in 2013, she founded the non-profit Verbier Art Summit, a platform for innovation and change through art. Ever since, she has been engaged in connecting leading thinkers to the art world, with a strong focus on generating innovative ideas and driving social change through art. Sijbrandij is responsible for strengthening and activating the platform, and works closely with the partnering museum director to curate the theme, invite the speakers and achieve more impact with each Summit edition: Size Matters! (De) Growth of the 21st Century Art Museum (2017), More than Real. Art in the Digital Age (2018), We are Many. Art, the Political and Multiple Truths (2019) and Resource Hungry: Our Cultured Landscape and its Ecological Impact (2020 & 2021).
Strategic Director & 2017 Partner
Beatrix Ruf is a curator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and co-designed the format of the inaugural Verbier Art Summit in 2017. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hartwig Art Foundation in Amsterdam and works on strategies and programmes at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Beatrix served as the Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from November 2014 to January 2018. From September 2001 to October 2014 Beatrix was Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Zürich, overseeing a substantial expansion project launched in 2003 and concluded in 2012. Former occupations include: Curator at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth from 1994-1998, Director of the Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus from 1998-2001. In 2006 she curated the third edition of the Tate Triennial in London, she was Co-Curator of the Yokohama Triennial in 2008. From 1995 to 2014 she has been the curator of the Ringier Collection and since 2010 she is a member of the think tank core group of the LUMA. In 2013 Beatrix co-founded POOL, a postgraduate curatorial program in Zürich.
Daniel Birnbaum is the director and curator of Acute Art in London, UK. Daniel was previously the director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm from 2010 to 2018. From 2000 to 2010 he was the Rector of Städelschule in Frankfurt and Director of its kunsthalle Portikus. He is contributing editor of Artforum in New York and has curated a number of large exhibitions, including Airs de Paris at Centre Pompidou in Paris (in co-operation with Christine Macel) in 2007. Birnbaum was the director of the 2009 Venice Biennale. He is the author of numerous books on art and philosophy and is the co-editor (with Isabelle Graw) of the Insitut für Kunstkritik series published by Sternberg Press. He is on the board of directors of Nobel Media, the organization that manages all the events surrounding the Nobel prizes.
Jochen Volz is the General Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo. In 2017, he was the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the 53rd Biennale di Venezia. He was the curator of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in 2016. He served as Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries in London (2012-2015); Artistic Director at Instituto Inhotim (2005-2012); and curator at Portikus in Frankfurt (2001-2004). Volz was co-curator of the international exhibition of the 53rd Bienal de Veneza (2009) and the 1st Aichi Triennial in Nagoya (2010) and guest curator of the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006), besides having contributed to other exhibitions throughout the world. He holds a masters in art history, communication and pedagogy by the Humboldt University in Berlin (1998). Lives in São Paulo.
Jessica Morgan joined Dia Art Foundation as Director in January 2015 and was named Nathalie de Gunzburg Director in October 2017. At Dia, Morgan is responsible for strengthening and activating all parts of Dia’s multivalent program, including its pioneering Land art projects, site-specific commissions, and collections and programming across its constellation of sites. Since Morgan’s arrival at Dia, the foundation has grown and diversified its collection to include significant works by Mary Corse, Nancy Holt, Robert Morris, Dorothea Rockburne, Kishio Suga, Anne Truitt, and Lee Ufan among others.
Alongside an expanded exhibition program, Morgan has continued Dia’s commitment to site-specific commissions, facilitating major new work by artists including Isabel Lewis, Rita McBride and Joëlle Tuerlinckx, and in 2015 realizing the first Dia commission outside the continental United States since 1982 with Allora & Calzadilla’s Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), situated in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Morgan announced a comprehensive, multi-year campaign, that includes the upgrade, revitalization, and ongoing stewardship of Dia’s key programmatic spaces and artist sites.
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Art historian and curator Jean-Paul Felley has been the director of the EDHEA, the Valais School of Art, since 2018.
Since 1989, he has been organising architecture, design and contemporary art exhibitions, and authored publications and articles. In 1990, he created the Prix Breguet d’art contemporain. In 1994, he founded and directed -together with Olivier Kaeser- attitudes, a Geneva association of contemporary art, with which he organised contemporary art exhibitions in Switzerland, Europe, Latin America and Lebanon. From 2008 to 2018, he also co-directed, together with Olivier Kaeser, the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris.
Board of Directors
Julie Daverio graduated with a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1995. She obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1988. Julie is a legal and insurance professional, currently working at Lafarge Holcim Group in Zurich. She worked in several roles at Swiss Re in Zurich and Rome for over 15 years, as a judicial clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and as a statistician Standard & Poor's Compustat. Since the start of 2014, she became involved with the Verbier Art Summit. From the first meetings with Beatrix Ruf at the Kunsthalle in Zurich, to the set-up of the non profit Verbier Art Summit in the summer of 2014, she has been crucial in making the vision of the Verbier Art Summit an actual reality. Julie is a non-executive director of Verbier Art Summit, and within the Association she ensures that all legal requirements are continued to be met.
Marie-Hélène de Torrenté
Board of Directors
Marie-Hélène de Torrenté is an avid lover of the arts, and one of the first people to support the creation of an influential international art platform in Verbier. In the summer of 2014, she joined forces with Anneliek Sijbrandij and Julie Daverio by creating the non-profit Association. As a non-executive director, thanks to her extensive knowledge and passion for culture, Marie-Hélène is extremely committed to the vision of the organisation and its ongoing expansion. She has been living and working in Verbier for over three decades, also owning and running the restaurant Au Vieux Verbier.
Pilar Albada Jelgersma
Board of Advisors
Pilar Albada Jelgersma - Rodríguez-Toubes Osborne graduated in Communications and Art History from Richmond University London in 1997. In Europe she has lived in Paris, London and Madrid. Currently Pilar lives in Amsterdam, where she previously worked on two business ventures, Pilar Chica (shoes retail and design) and Weddinglick (online wedding portal). In addition, Pilar is a board member for Stichting Bio, a Dutch based foundation, raising funds to help disabled children. Since October 2013, she works at Art Advisory Services, a business set-up by Sofia Urbina in Madrid, focused on finding art pieces that fit the aesthetics and budget of each client, offering the investment factor as an added value. Pilar has been following art as a way to understand our historical contemporaneity and as an alternative way of looking at the world. Since 2015, Pilar has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier Art Summit.
Board of Advisors
Marlies Cordia – Roeloffs graduated the University of Amsterdam in 2001 where she studied Communication Science. She worked as an account manager for TBWA\NEBOKO for 5 years, before setting-up as a freelance marketing-communication advisor to several agencies and companies. From 2010 she changed careers and studied Modern & Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education in London. Since then, Marlies has been curator of the Triton Collection Foundation, which includes work by artists from the period 1870-1970. The Triton Collection has been generously sharing their collection with international museums and lending the works to exhibitions across the world. Recently, Marlies has been adding more contemporary pieces to the Triton Collection. In addition, she became a Board Member of the Stedelijk Museum Fund in 2015. From the very start in 2013, Marlies has been involved with the concept of the Verbier Art Summit: sharing art, ideas and vision.
Board of Advisors
John Slyce read Modern History and Politics at the University of Florida, languages and history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and history and critical theory at the University of Michigan. John is a writer and critic based in London. He has written extensively on the work of Sarah Sze, Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy, Carey Young, Cullinan Richards, Allen Ruppersberg, Rodney Graham, Pipilotti Rist, Charles Avery and Becky Beasley and has regularly contributed to major art magazines and journals. He is a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art in the painting programme within the School of Arts and Humanities. John has been involved with the Verbier Art Summit from the very start and has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier Art Summit since January 2016.
Board of Advisors & Communications
Noepy Beckers-Testa studied Arts at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and graduated in History at the University of Amsterdam in 2001, including a year at the Université Paris Sorbonne. She followed the International Marketing Programme at INSEAD, France. Noepy is an independent arts communication consultant since 2010. She worked before that time as Press and Publicity manager for the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum and the international exhibition centre De Nieuwe Kerk. She also worked at the PR department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Since 2010, Noepy worked for the Institut Néerlandais, the Dutch embassy and the famous private collection of the Fondation Custodia in Paris for whom she currently still works. Since 2014, she lives and works in Amsterdam where she founded EN TESTA, consultancy for cultural communication & project management. She was responsible for PR for the blockbuster exhibition Jheronimus Bosch. Other cultural clients (previously/currently) include TEFAF art fair, art programmes, artists, architects, art charities and now for the Museum Prinsenhof Delft for the international retrospective on Pieter de Hooch. Starting in 2016, Noepy as an art professional and art lover became involved as the press officer for the 2017 & 2018 Verbier Art Summit, and currently operates as Board Member, advising on Communications.
Board of Advisors
Siebe Tettero graduated with a BA in Architecture and Industrial design from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague in 1982, a MA in Architecture from Columbia University, New York, in 1989, and a MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester in 2003. Siebe is art consultant, and head of Tettero Art Consultants. Siebe past roles has included director of modern and contemporary art at Sotheby's Amsterdam, head of interiors at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, as well as head of exhibitions at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Siebe advises private individuals and institutions on issues concerning the acquisition, presentation and preservation of modern and contemporary art. He was also involved with the Metamatic Research Initiative, and a Board Member of Manifesta 12. Siebe has has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier Art Summit since the spring of 2015.
Clare Twomey is a British artist, researcher, and curator. A leading figure in expansive material/participatory practices, she engages with and challenges historic modes of public access to art and museum collections through sculpture, live works and participation. Her artist-led exploration is located in the area of art, clay and craft practices focusing on expanding dialogues of accessibility and sustainability, making original and significant contributions to knowledge. Clare’s work has been exhibited internationally at Tate, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Gardiner Museum, Toronto; and Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Kecia Benvenuto is an independent curator and programme designer working with brands and arts institutions looking to create meaningful interactions in culture. A graduate of Stanford University with a BA in East Asian Studies (Japan), Kecia has worked internationally for multi-national creative agencies Wieden+Kennedy and TBWA/Chiat/Day as well as for Facebook Creative Labs. She has an extensive background in artist-collaborations for global branding work, including events, publications, experiences and multi-platform communications. Before moving to Amsterdam in the summer of 2019, Kecia was co-chair of SheSays Boulder, a 1700+ member networking group for female creatives and entrepreneurs and served on the Board of Directors of the Denver Art Museum’s Creative Alliance. Her passion is bringing art, culture and commerce together to drive positive societal change.
Sonja Glavas lives in Zumikon near Zurich and has held various leading marketing positions in the cosmetics industry for brands such as Skincode, Sisley and La Prairie. In 2017, she co-created the partnership between Art Basel and La Prairie. Since then, she has further developed the cultural engagement of the brand. Through the collaboration with Art Basel she discovered her passion for visual arts. This led her to start a postgraduate Master studies program in Arts Management at the University of Basel. Sonja first became involved with the Verbier Art Summit in 2018 through the sponsorship engagement of La Prairie and became a strategic member in 2021. She has written a thesis on the topic of Audience Development and Community Building, exploring the opportunities of the Verbier Art Summit in this field.
Beanie De Le Rue
Beanie De Le Rue lives and works in Verbier, with a background in the action sports industry; first as a professional skier, before moving behind the scenes with Faction skis as part of a small team of 5, leaving five years later as VP of marketing with 20 internal staff members. Before taking the opportunity to work in production, working on web series & feature films for the likes of Red Bull, Swatch, Audi and The North Face. One of Beanie's most recent projects was producing The Sustainability Dialogues podcast with her husband, snowboarder, Xavier De Le Rue and leading climate scientist Dr. Johan Röckstrom which looks at the state of the climate crisis today with the goal of helping individuals understand how they can drive change. As part of the Verbier Art Summit committee, Beanie is excited to continue to work towards social change.
2020 Committee Strategy
Fleur Greebe graduated from the University of Utrecht in 2004 where she studied Communication Science, with a degree in Intercultural Communication. She is living in Amsterdam, where she worked as a Strategy and Business Development Director for LAVA for seven years before setting up her own company Different Company in 2016. Fleur has a holistic brand-thinking approach and worked with brands like the Amsterdam Museum, Red October Gallery, Moscow Design Museum, Hermitage, Museum Vereniging, Dixon&deJaeger, and The Art Connector. Further to the cultural sector, she worked on a global level for KPN, One Planet Thinking and Heineken. In the summer of 2017, Fleur became involved as a strategic brand developer for the Verbier Art Summit.
Simone Coscarelli Parma
Head of Communications
Simone Coscarelli Parma graduated from Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a Master of Arts in Fine and Decorative Arts. Simone is an award-winning Digital Marketing and Communications executive, with twenty years of experience in leading multinational corporations. She is passionate about the arts and helping art institutions with their digital customer engagement. Simone has previously worked with the Summit in 2019 as Committee Digital Marketing Chair, conceptualising and implementing a new Summit website. Simone has re-joined the Summit as Head of Communications to develop and oversee the implementation of marketing, communications, social media and brand strategies. She is also a Member of Tate’s Latin American Acquisition Committee (UK), a Founding Member of Fondation Maeght International Council (France), and a Patron of the Pivô Satellite Program (Brasil).
Sara Alessandrini graduated from University of Bologna with a Bachelor's in Humanities in 2015, and from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Master's in Arts, Culture and Society in 2017. Interested in art as a tool of social change, Sara took an internship at the 2018 Verbier Art Summit, assisting to create and share the content of the Summit and to conduct research on the theme & speakers. After working briefly in marketing, Sara re-joined the 2021 Verbier Art Summit as Social Media Manager, with the aim of expanding the Summit's online audiences. She is now focussed on communications, overseeing and researching for the Summit website, newsletter and social media.
Corina van Beelen
Corina van Beelen graduated from University College Utrecht with a Bachelor’s in Art History and Religious Studies in 2015, and from the University of Amsterdam with a research Master’s in Cultural Analysis in 2018. She obtained research and event management experience at non-profit organisations within the Netherlands and Indonesia, including the Prince Claus Fund and S.Sudjojono Centre where she fostered her interdisciplinary passion for art and social development. Corina joined the 2021 Verbier Art Summit team as Project Manager, focussing on communication and digital events, and is now focussing on development relations.
Fried-Jan van den Eerenbeemt
Fried-Jan van den Eerenbeemt is co-owner of three companies focusing on video content and strategy. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts, Fried-Jan began his career as a freelance videographer for numerous Dutch broadcasters. In 2003, he became a member and partner of Team Facilities in Hilversum, working with television programs.
In 2006, Fried-Jan founded Crossmark in the Hague, and has since grown it into a full creative studio along with Thomas Klomp, who joined Fried-Jan as co-owner in 2019. Crossmark offers concept-to-production digital content, virtual reality productions, and strategy services in partnership with Mark Partners. Simply put, they create cool stuff that matters. In 2014, Crossmark was asked to support the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in developing a scenario-based policy discussion at the Nuclear Security Summit: the Scenarios4Summits company was founded, where Fried-Jan acts as co-owner and creative director.
Event & Communication Designer
Tejal Gala graduated from MIT Institute of Design in India with a Diploma in Retail and Exhibition Design in 2016, and from HEAD-Geneve with a MA in Space and Communication in 2021. She has 4+ years of experience as a Visual Merchandiser and Retail Designer. She is motivated to drive design projects with a socio-ecological perspective. She is a strong believer in the role of art and design for social impact. Tejal is enthusiastic about the idea of Verbier Art Summit offering a platform to kickstart important dialogues as a precursor to action. She joined the 2022 Summit as an Event & Communication Designer, with the aim of making the Verbier Art Summit more easily accessible to global audiences, to encourage participation and to amplify its impact. She is focused on the expression of the Summit's identity through various physical and digital mediums.