The Executive Master in Cultural Leadership is led by a team of expert faculty from Maastricht University and the Royal Academy of Arts.


Maastricht University senior faculty with research and teaching expertise in focus subject areas from the School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences will provide access both to first-class business school teaching as well as cutting edge knowledge and internationally recognised research.


    Full Professor of Arts and Finance
    Maastricht University

Rachel is a Full Professor of arts and finance. She obtained her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001, after obtaining a first class degree in econometrics and economics. Her research interests broadly cover the realm of understanding investor behaviour, with a particular focus on art markets and assets with an emotional attachment. Her work has been published in a number of international journals, including the European Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, and has been covered by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Times, and the Economist. In 2017, she authored the TEFAF art market report, as well as the more recent special issue of the Online Focus: Art Market Report.  Rachel currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, and Financial Research Letters.


    Full Professor of Managerial Behaviour
    Maastricht University

In her current roles at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE), Marielle Heijltjes combines the managerial responsibilities of leading Maastricht’s postgraduate professional development division UMIO with designing and delivering executive education in the field of leadership. She is a full professor in Managerial Behavior and has extensive international experience in working with executives and top management teams on questions relating to their effectiveness.
Translating academic research into actionable knowledge that contributes to the development of globally responsible leaders is an important source of inspiration in her work with practitioners. Her research on the behavior of (top) managers was published in international academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Small Group Research, the Journal of International Business Studies, the International Journal of Human resource Management and Organization Studies. In addition, Marielle is frequently invited as a speaker, panelist or moderator at different events and programs worldwide.


    Full Professor in European Law
    Maastricht University and University of Hasselt

Hildegard is a Full Professor in European Law at the Universities of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Hasselt (Belgium) and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Migration Law. Between September 2011 until December 2017 she has been Dean of the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, As Dean of the law faculty at the UM she was actively involved in the setting up of the multidisciplinary research centres:  ITEM – Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border and cooperation Mobility,  MACIMIDE – the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development, CERiM Centre for European Research in Maastricht and the Maastricht Centre of Art and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH).  From December 2017 onward she has taken up again fully her position as professor of European (Migration) Law and her responsibilities as part of the management and research team of ITEM, MACIMIDE, CERiM and MACCH.


    Senior Lecturer in the department of Strategy & Organisation and MBA Captain at UMIO
    Maastricht University

Boris Blumberg is Senior Lecturer in the department of Strategy and Organization and MBA Captain at UMIO at Maastricht University School of business and Economics. He has a background in business management and organisational sociology and is an expert in questions on gaining and interpreting evidence. He co-authored one of the most widely cited textbooks on “Business Research Methods”, now in its 4th Edition.  His research addresses the interfaces between entrepreneurship, strategic management and social networks. Especially he is interested in thinking about bridging apparent contradictions, such as sustainable versus dynamic strategies, flexibility versus reliability, specialists versus generalists, control versus trust, etc. or in other words in “when the going gets tough”.


    Full Professor in Learning and Development
    Maastricht University

Wim Gijselaers is Full Professor in Learning and Development, at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands His research focuses on educational innovation inhigher education, social determinants of team cognition and team performance, and judgment and decision making in management and auditing. His educational development work focused on the further development of Problem-Based Learning within BusinessEducation. Next to teaching in the award-winning Master program Management of Learning, he teaches as visiting professor at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in a post-graduate program for Health Care Professionals. Wim is member of advisory boards of universities in Germany and Switzerland, and serves as chief-editor of the Springer Book Series Innovation and Change in Professional Education. Next, he is affiliated with the consulting firm Learning Miles (based in Helsinki). In this role he haspresented workshops for Scandinavian-based companies ontopics of Innovation and Change. He was co-founder and chair of the EDINEB network in the Nineties. Next, he was the founding editor of the Springer Book Series Educational Innovation in Economics and Business. He served positions as Program Director of International Business, and Associate Dean of Education. Currently he is chair of the department of Educational Research and Development, at the School of Business and Economics (Maastricht University). Several of his PhD’s received awards for their PhD Thesis, or papers presented at meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and the EARLI Special Interest Group 14 “Learning and Professional Development”.


    Associate Professor in Arts and Heritage
    Maastricht University

Joop is Associate Professor in Arts and Heritage at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University. His research focuses on cultural policy, cultural participation, and cultural heritage. He is Founding Director of the Master in Arts and Sciences, the Master in European Public Affairs, in conjunction with the European Institute for Public Administration in Maastricht, and the Master in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education, which he directed till 2016. He also served positions as Program Director of the Bachelor in Arts and Culture, Associate Dean of Education, and chair of the Department of History. Joop is also one of the founders of the Maastricht Centre of Art and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). He has previously worked for the universities of Utrecht, Leiden and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and was Academic Director of the Maastricht program of Macalester College, St. Paul (USA),) and Extern Examiner at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin (Ireland). He was Chair of the jury awarding the prize for cultural entrepreneurship of the Province of Limburg, and is member of the jury of the prize for the best thesis on cultural management in The Netherlands and Flanders. He is often asked as consultant for practitioners and policy-makers, and is member of a number of supervisory boards of cultural and heritage organisations. He holds a MA and PhD in History from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.



    Full Professor of Real Estate Finance
    Maastricht University

Piet Eichholtz is a Full Professor of Real Estate Finance at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and director and founding partner of ‘Finance Ideas’, an agency that advises institutions in the field of public real estate finance. Eichholtz’ research interests lie in real estate investment funds, the growth in real estate values over the long run and the way in which commercial real estate markets are changing throughout the world. Previous research led to the ‘Herengracht Index’, the very first uninterrupted annual index of real estate from the 17th century onwards. In addition to this historical research, Eichholtz also worked on international real estate investment including, for example, the structuring of international investment portfolios, risk management and ownership structures. Professor Eichholtz has developed an executive training course on negotiation and persuasion for a variety of different industries, which is currently also taught on the Maastricht MBA programme, and forms an important skill learned during this module.


Faculty from the Royal Academy include our world class practitioners and experts from across business functions and departments from creative to managerial providing first-hand experience of cultural management. We will also draw on our extensive professional network of international experts.


    Executive Master Programme Director
    Royal Academy of Arts

Dr Marie Tavinor is the Course Lead in the Executive Master in Cultural Leadership at the Royal Academy of Arts. She specialises in the history of collecting and the history of the art market. Her research has focussed on the development of collections in the nineteenth and early twentieth century and she wrote her PhD on the early years of the Venice Biennale (1895-1914), obtained from the Royal Holloway, University of London. She also has an MA in Art History from the University of Warwick and an MA in English from the University of Rennes (France). Marie’s professional experiences have allowed her to explore key areas of the art and culture sectors: museums (Louvre, Victoria and Albert Museum), dealers, auction houses (Sotheby’s, Christie’s), and cultural organisation (UNESCO). Marie is a founding member of the international Society for the History of Collecting, of which she currently is the Secretary.


    Director of Collections and Learning
    Royal Academy of Arts

An experienced lecturer, writer and researcher in art history and the history of collecting, Rebecca Lyons has been the Director of the Attingham Trust’s Royal Collection Studies, for museum directors, curators and art world professionals, as well as a curator for the National Trust. Prior to this, Rebecca was Director of the Fine & Decorative Art MLitt and MA programmes at Christie’s Education, London/University of Glasgow where she taught for fifteen years. Educated at Oxford, the Courtauld and Cambridge, her most recent publications include an essay on 18th-century collector, Welbore Ellis Agar, for Getty Publications, 2019, and a chapter of the forthcoming Royal Collection exhibition book for George IV: Art and Spectacle, 2019.


    Secretary and Chief Executive
    Royal Academy of Arts

Before taking up the role of Secretary and Chief Executive at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019, Axel Rüger was the Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. During his tenure, from 2006 – 2018 he made it one of the most successful museums in the world, overseeing major renovations and a full redisplay of the collection, implementing new technological innovations and partnerships, and widening access. Visitor numbers grew from 1.4 million to 2.2 million a year. Axel studied art history in Berlin, Cambridge and Ontario and spent his early career in museums in the US. He went onto become curator of Dutch Paintings at the National Gallery, London in 1999, where he curated the highly acclaimed Vermeer and the Delft School and an exhibition on Aelbert Cuyp.

Charlotte Appleyard


    Director of Development
    Royal Academy of Arts

Charlotte Appleyard is Director of Development at the Royal Academy of Arts. She oversees all fundraising and partnership activity, including major donors, Friends, corporate sponsors and capital campaigns. She previously worked at Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and in the curatorial departments at The National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2012 she published Corporate Art Collections: A Handbook, a history and survey of corporate collections. She is a trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and a graduate of Oxford University, the Courtauld Institute and Harvard Business School.


    Director of Exhibitions
    Royal Academy of Arts

Andrea Tarsia is Head of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Art, overseeing the delivery and development of the Academy’s world-renowned exhibitions programme. He trained in Art History and Film before specialising in post war and contemporary art, and has previously worked for the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitechapel Gallery among others. He has curated many international exhibitions of contemporary art, including Live In Your Head: Conceptual and Experimental Practices in Britain 1965-75; Early One Morning: New British Sculpture; A Short History of Performance, Parts I-IV; Gerhard Richter – Atlas and Sophie Calle: Talking to Strangers. He has also contributed to numerous publications, including Isa Genzken, Whitechapel Gallery; Claire Barclay, Camden Arts Centre and 20th Century British Sculpture, Henry Moore Foundation. While at the Whitechapel he helped devise and taught on an MA Course in Curating, in conjunction with London Metropolitan University, and has been guest lecturer at several universities and art colleges across the UK.





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