Erik Schilp

Managing partner


Erik Schilp (Sydney, 1967) is an international innovator, connector and strategist. He specializes in audience engagement, strategy development, and sustainable business solutions. Erik works with clients around the globe, in a variety of sectors, from culture and heritage institutions to nonprofit organizations and commercial businesses.

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.

Erik developed the concept for the Museum of Languages in Leiden. He worked on strategy development for Museumplein Limburg and as strategy consultant at the Jaya He Museum in Mumbai. Most recently was curator at Fashion for Good, a global initiative to transform the apparel industry into a force for good.

Erik is founder and partner of the art platform De Gulle Ekster (2013) and created Cards for Culture (2016) and Quantum Culture (2018) with Jasper Visser. For 10 years he was a member of the supervisory board of Stadsherstel NV (2007-2017). Erik is currently managing partner at Rotganzen, a member of the Advisory Council of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, and he is manager of various artists and designers. Erik lives in New York and Amsterdam.

Jasper Visser

Senior partner


Jasper Visser (Sliedrecht, 1982) is an international consultant, facilitator, and social and cultural innovator. He helps organizations (re)connect with their audience, develop strategies for the digital age, and facilitates community and cocreation processes, with a focus on 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 UNDP, 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 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the National Arts Centre of Canada and Philips.

Jasper developed Cards for Culture (2016) and Quantum Culture (2018) 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 projects.

Robin Stam

Design partner


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, VISSCH+STAM’s creative partner. In 2016 Rotganzen designed the Quelle Fête installations for Zara’s fw16.17 campaign and for Italian furniture manufacturer Gufram they have designed a series of iconic objects for their 2018 collection. Currently, Rotganzen is responsible for the interior design of 72 Courtyard in Bangkok.

Dennis Tap



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.

Tessa Askamp

Senior associate


Tessa Askamp (Breda, 1989) is a seasoned project manager and technology expert. With a background in Philosophy of Culture and Computer Science, she works at the intersection of technology, society, and audience engagement. Tessa’s strength is to go from strategy and concept to implementation, collaborating with stakeholders and clients to assure success. She has worked on national and international projects with museums, libraries, archives, NGOs and educational organizations to create and strengthen cultural and learning experiences. She has extensive experience in managing complex projects, including multi-partner projects worldwide.

Tessa started her career as a digital media producer at the multimedia organization Voices of Women Media. She then worked as a consultant at the Amsterdam based think tank Kennisland, where she initiated and managed projects in the culture & heritage sector and the educational sector. She recently worked on establishing a national collection Design for Human Needs for Cube Design Museum, and on an interactive website to bring the famous Leiden wall poems to life. Currently, she is VISSCH+STAM’s project-director at Fashion for Good, responsible for establishing the Fashion for Good Experience.

Pepijn Reeser

Senior associate


Pepijn Reeser (Eindhoven, 1984) is a historian, curator and cultural entrepreneur. Pepijn started his career as a curator at the National Museum of History of the Netherlands, where he contributed to various exhibitions and the overall development of this innovative institution. Beginning in 2011, he regularly spent time in the city of Paramaribo, Suriname where he wrote a book about museums and heritage in Suriname. A second book inspired by his time in Suriname about the country’s perception of its president Desi Bouterse was long- and shortlisted for both best Dutch historical and journalistic publication of 2015.

Pepijn has worked with cultural heritage organizations, media companies, libraries, publishers and artists. Furthermore, he was an advisor at the social innovation think tank Kennisland where he designed and executed programmes commissioned by the ministries of Culture and Education and Home Affairs. He is currently VISSCH+STAM’s project-director at the Museum of Languages in Leiden, was producer at the Fashion for Good Experience, and is writing a book on daily life for the Netherlands Open Air Museum.


Our network


VISSCH+STAM Strategic Services works with a network of associates. We can rely on our dedicated project managers, researchers and designers to deliver projects on time and within budget. For each client and each project, we create a specific team with members to match the challenge.