Initiator & Manager of the Young Patrons Circle of Dutch National Opera & Ballet
During her study Architecture at the Technical University in Delft, Stephanie spent most of her time abroad including a year at the Graduate School of Architecture of Columbia University in New York, a few months at the Architectural Association in London and three months in Banda Aceh (Indonesia) for the master project Urban Emergencies, an investigation of post-Tsunami urban responses.
In 2009 Stephanie set up Run for Human Rights Watch to raise money for specific projects of Human Rights Watch by running the marathon of New York together with a group of successfull young professionals and raising attention for HRW. So far (in the last five years) Run for Human Rights Watch raised more than 500.000 euros for HRW.
February 2014 she published her own global travel guide, www.gloobles.com, together with her highschool friend Céline Bent.
"It is a great honor to work at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies and opera houses of the world. Among many other cultural institutions in Amsterdam, Dutch National Opera & Ballet also needs to attract a younger audience. Therefore I set up the Young Patrons Circle to engage more young professionals and improve our image. I am particularly excited about the international aspect, since we will use the international stature of Dutch National Opera & Ballet to its advantage and will establish international partnerships with the most prestigious opera and ballet houses in the world and their young patrons circles."
Born in London, raised in Holland. Growing up I would spend my holidays with my father, who would always have music blasting through the house, which was more often than not Opera.
Started my working life in finance, after which i decided to shift my focus on business development and helping young consumer driven businesses grow. And training my dog to learn seemingly useless new tricks.
I joined the YPCs SC to help spread the magic of Opera and Ballet to a wider audience, but more importantly draw awareness to the my own generation that without financial support this internationally respected institution has a very hard time continuing to create such amazing productions. Both opera and ballet have something very magical, the beauty of the music and the amazing dedication and talent of the performers are something very much worthwhile cherishing and preserving!
Heleen is currently a pre-MBA student and until recently worked as an Associate in the AlpInvest Amsterdam Private Equity Fund Investment Team. Before joining AlpInvest in 2012, she has worked at AtlasInvest and Greenhill &Co in Brussels and London. Heleen holds a BSc and MSc from the Erasmus School of Economics.
Unlike many other SC members, I did not grown up with opera and ballet. I think the YPC is a great initiative to not only give long-time opera and ballet lovers a unique chance to support the NO&B, but to also give people like myself a chance to discover the world of opera and ballet. I joined the SC because I hope to be able to also help engage young people who do not already have a strong bond with opera and ballet.
Strategy & Planning
John Luijs is the Associate Director of Healthcare Payers & Providers at the Boston Consulting Group. John has been at BCG since 2003, primarily based in BCG's Amsterdam office but working on projects in many different countries. John is part of BCGs global Healthcare Payers & Providers leadership team, and within this practice he is the global topic leader for cost & quality of care management and advanced analytics for Healthcare Payers. John is the (co) author of numerous BCG publications related to cost and quality of healthcare, practice variation, global aging and big data analytics in healthcare, and is a regular speaker at conventions on these topics
Outside of Healthcare he has strong functional expertise in M&A, Post Merger Integration and Change Management. John has led more than 10 Post Merger Integrations in different countries, and regularly facilitates workshops for senior management on change management and leadership during transformations.
Why the Young Patron Steering Committee? "I grew up with a father that was passionate about opera and a mother that loved ballet, and it rubbed off. National Opera & Ballet is world class in both art forms, and I am very proud I can support such a great institution in becoming even better".
Marketing, Communication & Press
With 10 years of experience in interior design, Nicoline joined Interior platform Westwing after setting up her own interior business the Sixtine. Having worked for renowned interior designers Marcel Wolterinck and Kate Hume, Nicoline started taking up her own interior projects about 3 years ago and has a love and passion for design and art.
Already as a young girl she loved ballet and remembered the visits with her parents to the Stopera to see the Swan lake or the Nutcracker vividly. With hardly any knowledge of Opera, she is excited to learn more about this artform during her time as a member of the Steering Committee.
Oh, and she is a happy mother of Georgia:)
Sponsors & Partnerships
Nina van Heuveln is a consultant in contemporary art in Amsterdam. After her studies on history of art and working experience in several galleries in Amsterdam, Nina worked for an art consultancy firm in London. Since April 2016, Nina has set up her own company Heuv Art that is specialized in sourcing contemporary artworks by emerging artists.
'When I was little I always wanted to be a ballerina. I enrolled ballet class and enjoyed watching ballet performances with my parents. The first ballet I saw was The Nutcracker in Dutch National Opera & Ballet - this performance I can still remember. For opera I, however, never really developed a taste. The Young Patrons Circle have guided me through the actual experience of opera with their events. Now I am really impressed by the dreamy stories, the qualities of the voices and also the creative settings on stage. Opera & ballet as a form of art should be taken seriously and the Young Patrons Circle should stimulate more youngsters to visit.'
Young Creative Associate at Dutch National Ballet
Peter trained as a ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School, London. He has danced for the last 18 years with Bavarian State Ballet Munich, Dutch National Ballet and Le Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon. He has been creating his own body of work as a choreographer over the last decade and is currently expanding his knowledge base to create multidispline work. He is one of the creative directors of interdisciplinary arts company House of Makers that have created work for site specific events as well as for museums and galleries such as Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Van Gogh Museum, Galerie Ron Mandos, Gallery Rolt.
“Having spent the last thirteen years as a dancer with Dutch National Ballet I’ve always been super excited to share what we do in this wonderful opera house. I see the theatre as a sort of modern day church where you can go and be inspired by living art that puts the beauty of the past besides the excitement of the future."
Ramsey Nasr is a poet\writer as well as an actor and a director. His mother is Dutch and his father is Palestinian, and he is currently part of the largest theatre company in the Netherlands, Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Besides his theatre work he can be seen in several Dutch cinema movies and tv series, of which tv series Overspel is the best known. Ramsey Nasr published six volumes of poetry, an essay book, a short novel, two travel diaries and two books with opera/operetta librettos. He wrote and directed several music theatre productions.
Nasr’s love for classical music and folk music plays a huge part in his work. Many of his poems have been inspired by composers such as Shostakovich, Schumann, Mahler, and he likes to participate in hybrid ‘literary concerts’. This is why he did not hesitate when asked to participate in the SC of the YPC: one of his major drives has always been to introduce younger audiences to art forms which for himself by now have become evident but which he knows he would never have been part of, had not others once introduced him to the fantastic world of opera, ballet, classical music, painting etc. when he was still a student himself.
Marketing, Communication & Press
After studying marketing in Amsterdam, Sacha decided to move to London where she quickly found a job in PR at a high end British fashion brand. While working she discovered her passion for organising and her ability to multitask, which resulted in a career switch to event and PR organiser at the luxury and fashion forward Blakes boutique Hotel in South Kensington. After two exciting years in London, she decided to move back to Amsterdam.
“Even though I grew up in a family where classical music was a big part of our weekly Sunday routine, I realise there is still a lot to learn and discover about the performing arts. Joining the Young Patron Circle will be an exciting opportunity to do so!”
Tim Oldeman is currently working in the Netherlands as Business Manager at Alphabet, a daughter of the BMW Group. Previously he worked at R&S Retail Group, a small PE firm specialized in the retail sector. He was there during the listing of R&S at Euronext Amsterdam, and he managed the processes around the merger between R&S and FNG. Before that Tim worked at the investment banking division of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam and Heineken USA in New York.
"It was in St. Petersburg that I fully became to appreciate the art form of Ballet and Opera. Sitting in the Imperial Mariinsky Theater, watching the Russian Ballet and listening to the orchestra under Valery Gergiev, that was just incredible. As a child, I had gone to Ballet with my parents in the Netherlands, but in Russia I went by myself for the first time and I absolutely loved it. As a member of the Steering Committee I hope to inspire other young people to appreciate the beautiful art forms of both Opera and Ballet."