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Jette Sandahl 

Jette Sandahl served as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the National Museum of Denmark, and as Director Experience at National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She was the founding director of the pioneering Museum of World Cultures in Sweden and of the Women’s Museum of Denmark. Most recently, she was director of the Museum of Copenhagen.

She attended the Getty Museum Management Institute, and has held a number of elected and appointed posts in the national and international museum world. Most recently, she led ICOM’s efforts to define a new framework and new parameters for a current museum definition. A long time EMYA judge, she now chairs the European Museum Forum.

Spanning her background in psychology and her museum career is a commitment to the formation of new paradigms and platforms for individual and collective empowerment, for cultural participation and social justice. She publishes within the board museological field.


 MIke Murawski

Mike Murawski is a changemaker, museum thinker, and author living in Portland, Oregon, USA. Mike currently serves as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, and is the founding editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.

Prior to his position at the Portland Art Museum, he served as Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums, and served as First Wave Project Advisor for OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative based out of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities.  

Mike is proud to be the co-founder of the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral campaign aimed at erasing the myth of museum neutrality and demanding our institutions act as agents of change. He has spoken nationally and internationally on the social responsibilities of museums and how museums can serve as agents of positive change and social action within their own communities. 


Diane Drubay 

Diane Drubay is a long-standing member of the museum and innovation effervescence, a specialist in museum strategy but also an event curator, community builder, writer and artist. She founded Buzzeum in 2007, a new media and communication agency which specialised in museums and cultural institutions, and the homonymous blog which gave her international fame by reviewing innovative museum news. Before founding Buzzeum 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. 

In 2011 she co-founded Museomix, a hackathon for museums. In 2013 she founded We Are Museums in Lithuania, a yearly event and European hub at the intersection of culture and innovation which has been traveling since then to Poland, Germany, Romania, Latvia and Morocco. Since 2014 she has curated the programming 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. 



Riel Miller 

Dr Riel Miller is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory and practice of using the future to change what people see and do. He is recognized as an innovative and globally experienced project initiator, designer and manager. He is widely published in academic journals and other media on a range of topics, from the future of the Internet to transforming strategic processes. He is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator. 

Riel has worked as a senior manager in the Ontario public service (Ministries of Finance; Universities; Industry) and at the OECD in Paris (Economics; Science & Technology; Education; Territorial Development; Development Centre; International Futures Programme). In 2005 he founded a consultancy – xperidox to advise clients on how to use the future more effectively. In 2012 he was appointed Head of Foresight at UNESCO. Riel Miller has been focusing specifically on the dissemination of Futures Literacy throughout the UN system and worldwide ever since. 



Fabio Viola 

Fabio Viola is an author, university professor and award winning digital entertainment producer. After a humanistic school background, he founded his first start up at the age of 22 working on international brands like ‘The Sims’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Simpsons’ and Tetris.  As a gamification pioneer he serves public institutions and private companies binging engagement in products and services. He is also the founder of TuoMuseo, an international collective of artists seeking to break the boundaries between culture and interactive media. 

His latest project includes Father and Son for the Archaeology Museum in Naples (Italy), the first ever videogame experience developed for an archaeological museum with over 4 million downloads. A second project, equally groundbreaking, includes an interactive app for the National Theatre in Parma (Italy). He is currently leading two EU funded projects namely ‘MedGaims’ for the Municipality of Alghero (Sardignia) and ‘Turisiko’ for the chamber of commerce in Pisa (Italy).  

Last Updated: 16 February 2021

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