Ariane Koek

Leader of International Arts, Arts@CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Ariane Koek initiated, created and directed the first international arts program at CERN - the world's largest particle physics laboratory. Prior to CERN, she produced and directed award-winning work for both, television and radio, at the BBC and received awards for her directorship of the leading UK literature charity, the Arvon Foundation. She is a frequent keynote speaker and writes internationally about leadership, creativity, and innovation through the arts, science and technology nexus. Her work and lectures have led to policy changes both on individual organizational levels and on the international political levels too. She is a consultant on cultural strategy, working with cultural organizations and festivals across the arts, science and academia to create and develop cultural programs which match as well as enhance organizational needs, profiles, missions and values. She is an external expert for the European Commission on Digital Culture, a member of the CERN Cultural Board, on the advisory boards of both the House of Electronica Arts, (HEK) in Basel and Pestival, as well as member of the French national think tank on Culture, the Forum D'Avignon. Ms. Koek was a keynote speaker on the Imagination with Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA in June 2013 at the annual Salzburg Global Forum Board Director's Strategy Weekend. She holds an M.A. in Romanticism and Modernism from Southampton University.