Permanent Staff

Hedwig Fijenhedwig
hedwigfijen (at)

Hedwig is the Founding Director of Manifesta. Under Hedwig’s direction Manifesta has developed one of the three most important large-scale art events in Europe. Hedwig is in charge of all aspects of the Manifesta organisation including the selection of host cities for the biennial, thematic content and the curatorial selection. The final execution of the concept of the curators is her responsibility.



Peter Paul Kainrath
Deputy Director
peterpaulkainrath (at)

Peter Paul is the Deputy Director of Manifesta. He is an experienced international cultural producer.



Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 23.30.00Paul Domela
Interim Business Manager
pauldomela (at)

Paul Domela is the Interim Business Manager of Manifesta.




Esther Regueira
Head of Publication
estherregueira (at)

Esther is the Head of Publications for Manifesta. She is in charge of all the Manifesta publications including the biennial catalogues and the Manifesta Journal.


Yana Klichuk
Head of Education
yanaklichuk (at)

Yana is Head of Education for Manifesta. She is in charge of the development of all educational strategies for the Biennial. Yana is an expert in education programmes for visual arts.


tatianaaTatiana Tarragó
Head of Production
tatianatarrago (at)

Tatiana is Head of Production and manages the coordination, design and production of the biennial. She specialises in the coordination of large-scale international events.



dianaDiana Hillesheim
Communcations & Development Coordinator
dianahillesheim (at)

Diana is Manifesta’s Development Coordinator and works between the host region and the Manifesta office in Amsterdam to assist in knowledge transfer from previous editions to the host region.



georgiaGeorgia Taperell
Development Coordinator
georgiataperell (at)

Georgia works as Manifesta’s Development Coordinator. Her role includes managing the host candidacy selection process and grants. She also works as managing editor of the Manifesta Journal alongside the editorial team.


davidDavid Smeulders
Audience Development Coordinator
davidsmeulders (at)

David is the Audience Development Coordinator for Manifesta. He develops engagement programmes to involve diverse audiences with the Manifesta programmes and events.



image12345Francesca Verga
Manifesta 12 Project Assistant
francescaverga (at)

Francesca support the Foundation with the preparations for Manifesta 12, which will be held in Palermo, Italy in 2018.



Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 23.30.00Ana Maria Hernandez
Office Manager, PA to Director
anamariahernandez (at)

Ana provides the office support in the organisation, taking care of the planning and the agenda, as well as the internal communication.