Erik Schilp (Sydney, 1967) is an international innovator, connector and strategist. He specialises in sustainable business solutions in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.
Erik started his career in London as Senior Marketing Manager at the American consultancy firm Strategic Decisions Group. Also in the UK, he restructured companies in the theatre and film industry and he founded his own marketing and PR agency. In Barcelona he developed 24-hour restaurants and art spaces. On arrival in the Netherlands Schilp became director of the Diaghilev Festival (2005) and from 2006 he worked as director of the Zuiderzee Museum. In 2009 he was appointed Director of the National Museum of History of the Netherlands. Most recently Erik developed a concept for a language museum in Leiden and works on strategy development for Museumplein Limburg and for GVK’s Jaya He Museum in Mumbai.
Erik is founder and partner of the art platform De Gulle Ekster and created Cards for Culture and Wie is de leraar? (Who’s a teacher?) with Jasper Visser. He is also chairman of the Dutch National Portrait Gallery and member of the supervisory board at Stadsherstel Amsterdam NV.email@example.com
Jasper Visser (Sliedrecht, 1982) is an international change agent, social and cultural innovator and facilitator. He has extensive experience in the cultural and heritage sectors and social institutions.
Jasper has a background in educational design and community-driven development. He started his career as an independent consultant and designer of (educational) programmes and projects for organisations such as the World Bank and the European Union, as well as NGOs and social initiatives. In 2009 Jasper joined the National Museum of History of the Netherlands as project manager new technologies and media. Recently, Jasper has worked internationally on strategy development and audience engagement projects for a wide range of clients including the European Parliament, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Arts Centre of Canada and Philips.
Jasper developed Cards for Culture and Wie is de leraar? (Who’s a teacher?) together with Erik Schilp. He codeveloped the Digital Engagement Framework, is a blogger at The Museum of the Future, associated lecturer at the Reinwardt Academy and expert advisor for various firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Stam (Spijkenisse, 1981) is a designer and brand specialist. After graduating the Willem de Kooning Academy he worked for a couple of years with the Vijf890 agency until he started his own studio in 2012. He works both in the commercial sector, for Nike and supermarket chain C1000, as in the cultural sector, for museums like De Lakenhal in Leiden, Zeeuws Museum and Museumplein Limburg.
In 2013 he completed his project Bridges of Europe where he completed the seven fictitious bridges from the Euro banknotes in a suburb of Rotterdam. Robin is also a member of the artist collective Rotganzen.
Dennis Tap (Bovenkarspel, 1974) is a IT professional with extensive experience on the forefront of technological innovation. After studying economics he worked with ABN AMRO before moving to Endemol as a senior software developer and consultant for their reality-tv formats, such as Big Brother, programme he helped to roll out in 58 countries worldwide.
From 2007 Dennis was Head, IT at the Zuiderzee Museum and as such responsible for the development of new IT strategy and the implementation of a new digital infrastructure. From 2010 until 2012 he was project director IT, New Technology and Media with the National Museum of History of the Netherlands.
Pepijn Reeser (Eindhoven, 1984) is a cultural jack-of-all-trades. Trained as a historian, Pepijn is a multi-disciplinary expert covering various fields, geographies and cultures. He worked for a library, a publisher and a media company before joining the National Museum of History of the Netherlands as a curator in 2009. From 2014 onward, he works as adviser for the cultural sector at Kennisland, a social innovation think tank.
As a cultural entrepreneur, he has worked for heritage institutions and collaborated with artists through research and advice. From 2011 on he regularly spent time in the city of Paramaribo, Suriname where he wrote and compiled a book discussing museums and heritage in Suriname for the Surinamese Museum. Fascinated by his experiences in the former Dutch colony, for his second book he investigated the history which has lead to the country’s perception of the controversial Surinamese President Desi Bouterse. He was nominated for the Libris Geschiedenisprijs 2015 (best historical book) and the M.J. Brusseprijs 2015 (best journalistic book).
Pepijn currently works on the realisation of the Leiden Museum of Languages.