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Adrian Lahoud

2020 Architect

Adrian Lahoud is an internationally recognised architect, urban designer, and researcher. He has written and lectured extensively on urban spatial forms and large scale environmental change with a focus on the Arab world and Africa. Adrian is the Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, and previously Studio Master in the Projective Cities Master of Philosophy in Architecture and Urban Design Program at the Architectural Association London. Prior to that he was Director of the MA program in Research Architecture and a Research Fellow in the Forensic Architecture ERC project at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Key works include Climate Crimes at The Future Starts Here, V&A Museum, Floating Bodies at Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin and Fallen Cities: Architecture and Reconstruction in The Arab City: Architecture and Representation.

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Alison Tickell

2021 CEO Julie's Bicycle

Alison Tickell established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. Julie’s Bicycle has since extended its remit to the performing and visual arts communities, and wider creative sector. With an increasing international profile Julie’s Bicycle is acknowledged as the leading organisation bridging sustainability with the arts and culture. Originally trained as a cellist, Alison worked with seminal jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens as a performer and trainer. She worked for many years with socially excluded young people at Community Music, training professional musicians in teaching, mentoring and business development, and then at Creative and Cultural Skills where she helped establish National Skills Academy for the music industry. Alison also carries out multiple advisory roles at Tonic Theatre, Observer Ethical Awards, Royal College of Arts, D&AD White Pencil Awards, Music Week, Tonic and WOMEX awards.

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Andrea Bowers

2020 & 2021 Artist

Andrea Bowers is a Los Angeles-based American artist working in a variety of media including video, drawing and installation. Andrea received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1992. Over the last twenty-three years, her work has explored social issues ranging from women’s or worker’s rights to climate change. Her work converges between art and activism and has been exhibited around the world, including museums and galleries in Germany, Greece and Tokyo. 


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Anicka Yi

2018 Artist

Anicka Yi is an artist whose practice relates to synthetic biology, bio engineering, extinction, and bio fiction. Her work examines concepts of "the biopolitics" of the senses" or how assumptions and anxieties related to gender, race, and class shape physical perception.  Anicka Yi lives and works in New York City. Recent institutional solo exhibitions of her work include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Basel; List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Kitchen, New York; and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2016, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize. Yi has screened her film, The Flavor Genome, at the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, 2017. 

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Beatrix Ruf

2017 Museum Director

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. 

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Benjamin Bratton

2017 Professor

Benjamin H. Bratton’s work spans Philosophy, Art, Design and Computer Science. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He recently founded the school’s new Speculative Design undergraduate major. He is also a Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School; Visiting Faculty at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture); and, for 2016-18, Program Director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. 

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Boaventura de Sousa Santos

2019 Professor

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011. His most recent project ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences is funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council. The project was initiated in July 2011 and will continue for the next five years. 

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Carolina Caycedo

2021 Artist

Carolina Caycedo is a London-born Colombian multidisciplinary artist known for her performances, videos, artist’s books, sculptures and installations that examine environmental and social issues. She participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory, as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities. Among others, she held residencies at the DAAD in Berlin, and The Huntington Libraries, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California; received funding from Creative Capital, and Prince Claus Fund; participated in the Chicago Architecture, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Berlin, and Whitney Biennials. Carolina’s recent and upcoming solo shows include Care Report at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź; Wanaawna, Rio Hondo and Other Spirits at Orange County Museum of Art; Cosmoatarrayas at ICA Boston; and From the Bottom of the River at MCA Chicago. Carolina is the 2020 Wanlass Artist in Residence at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a 2020-2022 Inaugural Borderlands Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. She is a member of the Los Angeles Tenants Union and the Rios Vivos Colombia Social Movement.

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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.


Marlies Cordia

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.


John Slyce

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.

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Noepy Testa

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.


Siebe Tettero

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.

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Clare Twomey

2021 Committee

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

2021 Committee

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.

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Tessa van Soest

2021 Committee

Tessa van Soest started her career as a Business Consultant. She discovered her deep rooted motivation for sustainability and continued her career in various sustainability roles in both the private and the not for profit sector. Until recently, she has worked as the Programme Director of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, uniting eight large Dutch multinationals aiming to promote sustainability in business. 


Tessa is convinced that organisations will only be successful in future when they become sustainable, inclusive and circular, and focus on providing innovative solutions for global challenges. Next to advising the Verbier Art Summit 2020, Tessa is currently engaged in various initiatives that raise awareness for global challenges (as framed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals) and inspire more people to carefully consider sustainability in their personal and professional lives.


Fleur Greebe

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.

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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

Communications Manager

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

Development Manager

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.