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 at the consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group. Subsequently, he worked as a producer in the theatre and film industry and founded his marketing and PR agency. From 1999 he developed several restaurants and art spaces in Barcelona. On arrival in the Netherlands in 2004, Erik became director of the Diaghilev Festival (2005), and from 2006 he was director of the Zuiderzee Museum. In 2009 he was appointed director of the National Museum of History of the Netherlands.
Erik co-founded VISSCH+STAM in 2013. As principal, he developed the concept for a public space Museum of Languages in Leiden. He was engaged as a cultural strategy consultant at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. As strategist, he was instrumental in realizing Fashion for Good, a global initiative to transform the apparel industry into a force for good. Most recently, he has been assisting various organizations and businesses in Switzerland, Denmark, Mexico, Indonesia, and the United States.
Erik published The Ten Principles of Museum Entrepreneurship (2015), and with Jasper Visser, he created the strategy method Cards for Culture (2016) and the management framework Quantum Culture (2018). He is a partner at the award-winning design collective Rotganzen.
Erik lives in New York and Amsterdam.