HARRY VERWAYEN, Executive Director, Europeana Foundation
As Executive Director of Europeana Foundation, Harry Verwayen is responsible for the overall strategy and impact of Europeana as a platform for digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector in Europe.Across Europe, museums, galleries and archives are digitizing their collections. Europeana Foundation brings them together online and works hard to make sure people can find and use them. For work, for learning or just for fun. They work with a large network of cultural organizations to provide sustainable and innovative forms of access to culture, guided by creative collaboration, supportive teamwork and the idea that sharing and reusing cultural content can transform the world. Prior to this, Verwayen worked at the Amsterdam based think tank Knowledgeland where he was responsible for business model innovation in the cultural heritage sector.
He holds an MA in History from Leiden University and has worked over ten years in the Academic Publishing Industry.