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.
Jessy van de Klundert 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.
Monique Knapen 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.
Giovanni Bottacini obtained an MA in China Studies and one in World Contemporary Art Studies at Leiden University. He is a sinologist who lived in China several times and an independent researcher working in the field of contemporary global culture. He is also one of the founding members of the Think Twice research collective. His research interest focuses mostly on the transculturation of humanities academia. He currently is the assistant editor of the Arte Fuse contemporary art blog and previously interned at contemporary culture-related institutions such as the Prince Claus Fund and art galleries working with Chinese art, such as SinArts Gallery.