She founded Buzzeum in 2007, a new media and digital strategy agency which specialised in museums and cultural institutions, and the homonymous blog which gave her international fame by reviewing innovative museum news. Before that, she worked at the Ministry of Culture and Communication as a digital project manager, and at the Henner Museum in Paris as the online communication manager and event curator.
She also co-founded Museomix, a hackathon for museums in 2011, and founded the Museum Think Tank Berlin in 2014 - both groups are now fully sustained by the community. Since 2014 she has curated the programmation of Museum Connections, the international trade show and conference for museum businesses set in Paris every January. For the last few years she has taught digital strategy and project management at Sciences Po Paris and EAC Paris, and regularly speaks at international conferences to share her vision of the future of museums.
Diane Drubay is also a video artist and photographer, investigating psychoactive and transcendental experiences through images of nature to expand the idea of the sublime.
“We Are Museums is the most encouraging and innovative network of museum and museum-related professionals in Europe“
Dr. Mirjam Wenzel is director of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt – a communal museum dedicated to 800 years of Jewish history and culture in the city of Frankfurt. Being the first Jewish Museum that was established in the Federal Republic of Germany after the Holocaust, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt currently is undergoing a process of profound renewal. One of its two sites, Museum Judengasse re-opened in March 2016 with a new core exhibition whereas the other site is being renovated and extended by an additional building, at the moment. The new museum complex will open in 2019.
Mirjam Wenzel started leading the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt in January 2016. Beforehand she was Head of Digital and Publishing at the Jewish Museum Berlin and responsible for conveying German-Jewish history in print and online publications, digital media applications and installations.
Housing the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world, as well as hundreds of drawings and letters, the museum inspires and enriches people by making Vincent’s life and work and the art of his time accessible to everybody. The Digital Communications team is working on the museum’s website and digital products and services and is responsible for social media. Digital is crucial in the museum’s ambition to connect the world to Vincent, the most famous of all Dutch artists. To expand on its position among digital front-runners in cultural heritage, the Van Gogh Museum is currently developing a new digital strategy.
Before coming to the Van Gogh Museum, Martijn worked as Head of Digital and Publishing at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where he lead the development of the award-winning Rijksstudio concept.
Martijn is a member of the Europeana Foundation Governing Board and the jury of the Best Social Media Awards.
“The wonderful We Are Museums team succeeds in bringing together professionals from large and small museums in such a way that everyone’s inspired, refueled and committed to progress.“
“We Are Museums is the obvious choice for those of us in the museum world who embrace change, innovation and aspire to transform museums into the natural habitat for 21st-century societies. It is the place to be.”
Museum Thinker and Culture Strategist (University of Malta)
Sandro is the brains behind MUŻA, the new national community art museum in Malta and flagship project for Valletta 2018 Capital of Culture. For MUŻA Sandro developed a bespoke concept and vision, also spearheading a complete rethink of a traditional national museum of fine arts and rethinking a historic building into a contemporary cultural space.
Besides MUŻA he also jointly spearheaded Malta's return to the Venice Biennale in 2017, was part of the organizing committee for culture on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2017) and also curated major international exhibitions in Malta, Brussels and elsewhere.
He is very keen on new museum models for 21st-century societies which is a recurring topic of his research and projects. Sandro is actively involved in training a new generation of museum professionals at the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education (University of Malta) and has researched and published extensively about the topic. Sandro is the national representative at the European Museum Academy and personal advisor for culture to the Office of the President of the Republic of Malta.
The whole Vastari team believes in transparency within the museum world, to facilitate international collaborations, raise awareness and stimulate a new, sustainable way to attract audiences.
Winners of TheNextWomen’s Startup Pitch 2015, Bernadine Brocker founded Vastari 5 years ago, with the idea to connect collectors with museums for exhibition loans. This initial proposition has grown into something much, much bigger. Founded in London, the Vastari platforms have been developed to allow anonymous and secure communication between collaborating institutions worldwide, while also building links to private collectors and venues who are interested in museum exhibitions.
Bernadine is a member of the Professional Advisors of the International Art Market, Sandbox Network and the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars, and a mentor at the Founder Institute.
“We take part in the transformation of the museum and cultural sector, be it digital, organisational or philosophical“
“We Are Museums is this unique opportunity for all of us, whatever the size of our institutions, to actively take part in the redefinition of the role of museums in the society in the XXIst century. It is exciting, inspiring, and collective.”