Permanent Staff

Hedwig Fijen - Director of ManifestaHedwig Fijen

Hedwig is the Founding Director of Manifesta. Under Hedwig’s direction, Manifesta has developed into 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

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





Paul Domela - Head of BusinessPaul Domela
Head of Business
pauldomela (at)

Paul Domela is the Business Manager of Manifesta. He is responsible for overseeing the following areas: legal & governance, finances, hospitality, office management, IT, and human resources.





Yana Klichuk - Head of Education & Learning

Yana Klichuk
Head of Education and Learning
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.





Tatiana Tarrago - Head of ProductionTatiana 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.






Mikaela Poltz - Head of Development

Mikaela Poltz 
Head of Development
mikaelapoltz (at)

Mikaela is the Head of Development for Manifesta. She is in charge of building long-term sustainable relationships with funders including private giving, corporate sponsorships and other partnerships.





Asell Yusupova - Head of Communication

Asell Yusupova
Head of Communication
asellyusupova (at)

Asell is the Head of Communication for Manifesta. She oversees the overall communication and marketing activities of Manifesta, covering brand strategy, PR and press, design and brand identity, digital / social, events, as well as marketing and media partnerships.





Marieke van Hall - Head of Research


Marieke van Hal
Head of Research
mariekevanhal (at)

Marieke van Hal is the Head of Research. She is in charge of a multi-annual research and development strategy for Manifesta Foundation spanning multiple Manifesta biennials. She is also grants advisor.





Esther Regueira
Head of Publication
estherregueiramauriz (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.




Ana Maria Hernandez - Manifesta Office Manager

Ana 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 and coordination.







Max Bouwhuis
Project Assistant
maxbouwhuis (at)

Max provides administrative, organizational and curatorial support for diverse Manifesta initiatives. He is also a project assistant for the possible Amsterdam Biennial.





Jules van de Ven
Project Lead for Amsterdam Biennial (working title)
julesvandeven (at)

Jules van de Ven is the project coordinator for the possible Amsterdam Biennial (working title).