Rukshana Edwards

Rukshana Edwards

Chair

Rukshana Edwards is an experienced digital marketer and marketing leader with a strong focus on strategy, content management, and reporting within diverse channels, concentrating on the healthcare field. She is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, with a master’s degree in Dutch 16/17th-C art and art history, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. Rukshana launched her career in Seattle, USA, specialising in the arts and working at two of Seattle’s wonderful artistic institutions: the Seattle Art Museum and the Henry Art Gallery. For these institutions, she provided fundraising support by creating and executing targeted fundraising events.

In Seattle, she was also a key member in a large community-wide art project—Pigs on Parade—that involved the city’s iconic Pike Place Market and its beloved “Rachel the Pig.” One of the most successful fundraisers for the Market, the project and the activities surrounding it were heralded not only as a way to highlight the richness of the arts within the community but also to bring together businesses, artists, and the community as a whole.

Growing up and living in over five countries, Rukshana has a keen interest in the arts, performance, and music, and a curiosity for the language of art and its cultural effects and affects.

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Linda Warner

Linda Warner

Board Member

Linda Warner is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of international experience in end-to-end Product, Program/Project Management for primarily agile initiatives, serving both large multinational brands and small businesses alike.

A sharp, high-energy, get-it-done coach and consultant, Linda is an expert in establishing collaborative partnerships across stakeholders to co-create and deliver winning business solutions. Operating with integrity, sophistication, and unparalleled attention to detail, she knows how to build consensus, drive to decisions, and motivate team members at all levels with vision and purpose.

Industry agnostic, Linda has delivered successful projects across multiple industries (asset management, healthcare, transportation, publishing, telecommunications), enabling a fresh yet seasoned approach with a global perspective.

After working and thriving in Chicago and New York City for many years, Linda now calls the Netherlands home. After finding the love of her life, she relocated to Amsterdam in 2010, married in Vondelpark on the terrace of what was previously the Film Museum, and, a few years later, proudly became a Dutch citizen. She lives with her wife, enjoys cycling (even on rainy days), and exploring new art forms.


Joost Ramaer

Treasurer

Joost Ramaer is a freelance journalist who has been a performing-arts nut since his teens. He turned that passion into work as well, writing reviews and reportages for Theaterkrant in Amsterdam and Culturebot in New York, among other publications. He works as a public-talks moderator for festivals like Noorderzon (Groningen), Welcome To The Village (Leeuwarden) and ITA’s Brandhaarden (Amsterdam).

Joost obtained a Master’s of Law degree at the University of Amsterdam but never practised as a legal professional. Instead, he became a business and economics journalist, first at Quote (1986-1993), the leading Dutch business magazine, then at de Volkskrant (1993-2003), one of Holland’s best national daily newspapers. During his last five years at the paper (2003-2008), he worked as a news reporter for the Arts desk, where he started writing professionally about theatre for the first time in his career.

Joost left the paper to write a book: De Geldpers (The Money Press; pub. Prometheus). Published in 2009 to universal critical, it tells the sad story of how Volkskrant’s publisher, PCM, let itself be plundered by the British private-equity investor Apax.

In early 2019, Joost published two more books: Het geheim van Stroeve (Stroeve’s Secret; pub. Balans), concerning Holland’s last independent private bank dating back to 1818, and Maar hoe dan? (But how then?; pub. Infocaster), about a radical form of employee-management at Infocaster, a website builder in Arnhem.


Slavisa Drobnjakovic

Slavisa Drobnjaković

Board Member

Slavisa Drobnjaković commenced his acting studies in classical theatre at the age of fourteen in Yugoslavia. Further study took him to the Art Academy and Cultural Anthropology in Belgrade.

After moving to Amsterdam in 2001, he has been involved as a performance artist at Das Arts Amsterdam and Amsterdam Cyber Theatre, and in other artistic collaborations.

He has written several commercial scripts for ComradFilm in Slovenia and worked as a creative assistant on the films of Heidi Vogels. He assisted the director Boris Todorovic in the theatre piece U cara trojana kozije uši.

In recent years, Slavisa dedicates himself entirely to film, with an outcome of two long features for Sluzer Film Productions that he has signed as a film director and scenarist.

Presently, he is in pre-production as writer/director of the short film Eros and Thanatos.

In June 2020, he will co-direct A Deep Black Sleep with Constantine Koukias for Foundation IHOS Amsterdam.


Constantine Koukias

Creative Director

Constantine Koukias was the Artistic Director and CEO of IHOS Music Theatre & Opera for 23 years in Australia.

Constantine’s avant-garde approach to the presentation of opera has resulted in hybrid productions such as Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water, MIKROVION (Small Life – 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life), The Divine Kiss, and Tesla – Lightning in His Hand. His most recent large-scale work, The Barbarians, was inspired by Constantine Cavafy’s famous poem “Waiting for the Barbarians” and commissioned by the Museum of Old and New Art.

His works range from large-scale music-theatre and opera to mobile installation-art events.
His compositions have earned acclaim as being remarkable for their mesmerising, atmospheric qualities created by accompanying temporal and spatial production designs. In his recent works, exotic flavours have been introduced through Eastern timbres and melody-design.

In 1993, he was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to compose ICON, a large-scale music-theatre piece, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.

Additional music-theatre works include Kimisis – Falling Asleep, Borders, Orfeo, Rapture – Sonic Taxi Performance, Schwa – The Neutral Vowel, Antigone, and The Da Ponte Project. Prayer Bells, which draws on traditions of Latin, Hebrew, and Byzantine chant, had its USA premiere at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

In 2004, he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. His Incantation II for soprano and digital delay won the International Valentino Bucchi Vocal Prize in Rome in 1997. His design credits include the internationally acclaimed Odyssey and Medea.


Suzanne Maenen

Susanne Maenen

Organizational Manager

Susanne Maenen started her not-for-profit work as the secretary for the international NGO Surfrider Foundation, Chapter Holland.

During her work for the Surfrider Foundation, Susanne studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. There, she had the opportunity to set-up and lead a development project for the Dutch NGO BothENDS in Uganda. She designed and executed a water resource-management research project and coordinated a variety of leading local NGOs in Kampala

She followed her bachelor’s degree with an International Development Studies master program at Wageningen University. Susanne expanded her organisational and coordinating experience into consultancy when she managed a team to produce policy advice for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving).

Since finishing her master’s studies, Susanne has worked as a freelance consultant all over the world. She coordinated the set-up of an Ecovillage with a digital nomad and entrepreneur accelerator programme in Sri Lanka.