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

Deputy Chair

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.