Sébastien Montabonel is the Chair of Trustees of the Foundation Art Institutions of the 21st Century which he established in 2017 to author research in the cultural field in support of art professionals. He is also the founder and partner of the cultural strategy agency Montabonel & Partners.
Diana has a B.A. Hons in Social and Political Science from Cambridge, a BA in Psychology and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.
Starting out as a financial analyst in mergers & acquisitions at Goldman Sachs, she soon turned to marketing and media. As Product Manager in the music industry at EMI industry she managed the marketing campaigns for releases of Major Artists which included Queen, Pink Floyd and Tina Turner.
Tanya Tikhnenko is a former Director and Partner of Montabonel & Partners and current Trustee. Her extensive experience within the private and commercial art sector, having previously worked for Magazzino Gallery, a private collection in London and Phillips de Pury auction house, contributed richly to the development and management of collections, as well as diligence and strategy.
Shezad Dawood works across disciplines film, painting, neon, sculpture and more recently virtual reality to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across geographic borders and communities.
Aveline de Bruin is responsible for the organization of the collection de Bruin-Heijn, a Dutch-based, international collection of contemporary art, a post she has held since 2008. She is also the founding director of Quetzal Art Centre in Portugal.
Marianne Burki is Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, since 2005. She is among other responsible for the Swiss Pavilion at Venice Biennale and in her capacity, has continuously collaborated with the Kochi Biennale in India and the Dhaka Art Summit.
Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator and broadcaster. Director of MOSTYN Wales and Head Curator of APT–Artist Pension Trust, he complements his work in the UK with active participation in the visual art world.
Doris Krystof is an art historian, author and curator at K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf. After studying Art History, Literature and History at the Universities of Freiburg and Cologne.
Pip Laurenson is Head of Collection Care Research at Tate. She develops, leads and supports research at Tate into the care, conservation and management of Tate’s collections. She has over twenty years’ experience in the conservation of contemporary art, beginning her career in Sculpture Conservation and going on to establish and lead Time-based Media Conservation from 1996 to 2010.
Michael Linington is the Head of Philanthropy at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world’s leading museum of art and design.
Li Zhenhua is the inaugural curator for new institutions in China, such as K11 Chi Art Space, Shanghai (2013), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2014), Ginkgo Art Space, Beijing (2015) and A4 Art Museum, Chengdu (2017).
Goshka Macuga is a London-based artist, who has widely exhibited internationally. She was one of the four nominees for the 2008 Turner Prize. In 2009, she exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London, with the project The Nature of the Beast: a year-long installation of a 1955 tapestry version of Picasso’s Guernica, which analysed the 1930s-era controversy generated by the painting.
Elizabeth Neilson, Director of the Zabludowicz Collection, a philanthropic endeavour encompassing a dynamic and growing collection of art works with an associated programme of exhibitions and events in permanent venues in the UK, USA and Finland.
Tamiko O’Brien is Principal of City & Guilds of London Art School, which she joined in 2014 after 28 years of working in Higher Arts Education in a number of institutions, including the University of the Arts London. She has worked as a Fine Art tutor, course leader and head of school as well as more senior positions as associate dean and associate professor.
Nicolas de Oliveira is a curator, writer, and academic. He is the former Director of Research and Curatorial Projects at Montabonel & Partners, and the Course Leader of the Masters Programme Curating the Contemporary at London Metropolitan University in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery.
Nicola Oxley is a London-based curator and writer. She was a founding director of Unit 7 Gallery (1986-89), the Museum of Installation (1990-2003), and Notice Gallery (2005-8), curating over 200 individual and collective installation projects in London, Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, Los Angeles and other locations.
Thomas W. Rieger is a Director at Konrad Fischer Galerie. After studying History of Art, Archaeology, History and City Planning/Urban Design at the Universities of Bonn, Zurich, Berlin and New York, he worked at Museum of Contemporary History in Bonn (Haus der Geschichte), Osthaus Museum in Hagen, and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
Jill Sterrett is Deputy Director, Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. Prior to this appointment, she worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for 28 years where she held three successive roles, Paper Conservator, Head of Conservation, and Director of Collections.
Randall Willette is the founder and Managing Director of Fine Art Wealth Management, a membership based advisory firm that provides independent consulting, education, networking, and proprietary research on managing art wealth.
Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki is curator at the Whitechapel Gallery in London where, since 2005, she developed an innovative programme of exhibitions related to the use of archives as a curatorial resource. This programme has attracted international attention from professional peers and has been running for more than a decade.