In 2017, we started our company in Amsterdam. We, Monique Knapen and Jessy van de Klundert are the founders of the China Connector, a solution driven consultancy firm. Our mission is to work on intercultural projects with a strong focus on China. In a changing world it is increasingly important to have cultural exchange. We want to contribute in an economically but also respectful way in relation to cultural differences.
Monique Knapen (co-founder) studied Social History in Rotterdam, including a minor in Sinology at Leiden University and a year at the University of Beijing. She lived and worked in China for 6 years. Monique is an expert in international cultural relations, especially in the arts and culture sector between the Netherlands and China. From 2011 until 2017 she worked as Program Director China at DutchCulture, a position that gave her the unique position to lobby for art and culture with the Far East.
Jessy van de Klundert (co-founder) studied Business Administration & Logistics and Art History in Amsterdam. Having worked at various positions in the Dutch museum world (Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum), she set up the international advisory activity ‘Van Gogh Museum Professional Services’. In addition to her affinity with the business side of the art and culture world, she has also been involved in a number of startups outside the museum world.
Linnan Zhao (intern) is currently studying Arts, Media and Society at Leiden University. Before studying in Netherlands, she studied German Literature at Beijing Foreign studies University and exchanged to Humboldt University of Berlin. She is a Chinese-English-German trilingual. Due to her study in different cultural contexts, she has garnered a critical standpoint when discussing complex issues in the globalized, postmodern world and together with her skills in visual analysis, have seen how art plays a distinct role in this. She also worked as an intern in different cultural institutions. The work experience and study programs have trained her developing communication skills with artists coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and thus facilitate the interactions between artist and host institution.