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Founder and Executive Director

Caitlin Southwick the Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Caitlin has worked in the conservation field and in museums around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, and Easter Island. She was a professional member of the American Institute of Conservations Sustainability Committee and is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM). 

Director of Operations

Georgina McDowall the Director of Operations for Ki Culture. She holds a Master's in Museum Studies from the University of Amsterdam, where she first became aware of the role that cultural organizations can play in sustainable development. She has experience working in medical collections in the UK, including Museum of the Mind, and Foundling Museum. In addition to her work at Ki Culture, she is a researcher and project coordinator working at the intersection of the culture and sustainability. 

Director of Social Sustainability 

Pia Edqvist the Director of Social Sustainability for Ki Culture. She has worked within the cultural sector for a number of years as a conservator of archaeological material, antiquities, and ethnographic collections. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt and the Arctic Circle, and cared for large collections at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Pia has a special interest in human rights, ethics and sustainability, and promoting the diverse ways in which culture can be an advocate for change. She is currently an archaeological conservator at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. 

Co-Director of Waste and Materials

Kim Kraczon the Co-Director of Waste and Materials for Ki Culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Materials and Technical Cultural Heritage from the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts. Since 2013, Kim has been the resident conservator at Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, where she has been developing sustainable approaches and strategies in art production and packing materials. She also has experience working with the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin and independent conservators in Germany.

Co-Director of Waste and Materials

Justine Wuebold the Co-Director of Waste and Materials for Ki Culture. She holds a Master's in Museum Studies and Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University, where she penned her thesis on Sustainable Materials in Collections Care. Justine is passionate about sustainability and ethics in the cultural field, having worked for over six years in collections care and conservation. She currently preserves Jewish art and artefacts for the Magnes Collection at UC Berkeley, and serves on the board of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild.

Newsletter Editor

Morgan Lirette the Editor of Ki Culture’s newsletter. She holds a Master’s in Book and Paper Conservation from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Originally from South Louisiana, US, she studied Fine Art at Loyola University New Orleans before relocating to Paris for her Master's. Morgan currently lives in London and works in her speciality as a conservator at the British Library. Her raison d’être is actively engaging with natural and cultural heritages, including advocating on their behalf through communication and collaboration. 

Creative and UX Lead

Sarah Suib the Creative & UX Lead for Ki Culture. She holds a Doctorate in Design for Sustainability and an M.Sc. in Strategic Product Design from Delft University of Technology. She has experience working in various design-oriented projects especially in the fuzzy-front-end of the innovation process. She is passionate in exploring the juncture between design, sustainability, and cultural heritage, especially in exploring values from the past as a resource in designing our sustainable future.

Director of Climate Communications

Val Masters the Director of Climate Communications for Ki Culture, working to locate, analyze, decipher, and present climate science to make this knowledge easily accessible for cultural professionals. Val is working towards a Master's in Museum Studies and a Master's in Information at the University of Toronto. They have a background in geology and work experience in a variety of scientific fields, including medicine, archaeology, and botany. Val is passionate about breaking down barriers between disciplines, and helping museums make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.

European Partnerships Officer

Abigail Skinner the European Partnerships Officer for Ki Culture. She works for KCA London, a cultural consultancy that works with new and existing museums and cultural destinations around the world to develop and operate exceptional audience experiences. She has worked on projects in the UK, Malta, China, and across the Middle East. Abigail holds a masters in Science Communication from Imperial College London and champions culture as a vehicle for change.

Supervisory Board

Hans Telgen former Senior Director at Tessenderlo Group and held various senior management positions at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), Cytec Industries and Honeywell. He has been heavily involved in sustainability, specifically in his role as former chairman of Recovinyl, former president of The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) and past board member of Vinyl2010/Vinyl Plus. Hans was also chairman of De Hoeve, a joint venture with Wavin to recycle plastic pipes in the Netherlands. He remains part time Senior Project manager at BASF.

Jean Hilgersom Project Manager and Museum Consultant for ToornendPartners, a consultancy firm that project manages buildings in the cultural sector. Jean has been involved in projects for large museum institutions in the Netherlands, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Rijksmuseum. Projects involving restoration, maintenance, and strategic planning of security and facility management. He is also the former chairman of ICAMT (International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques), one of the expert committees of ICOM, and remains and Advisory Member.

Advisory Board

Christian Ost

ICHEC Brussels Management School

Christina de Groot-Lief

International Expert Group on Climate Data Modernization

Andrea Carmen

International Indian Treaty Council

Debra Hess Norris

University of Delaware

Mara de Groot

Centre for Global Heritage and Development

Robert R. Janes

Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

Kristian Narvesen Nammack

Sustainable Investments Institute

Michael Dexter-Smith

Pine Brook Ventures

Honorary Board

Cecilia Lam

Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change

Miranda Massie

Climate Museum, New York

Michele Lanzinger

Museum of Science Trento

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