New Chairman of the Kunsthal Rotterdam Supervisory Board

Baharak Sabourian has been appointed as chairman of the supervisory board of Kunsthal Rotterdam from January 2022. She succeeds Arjan Schakenbos, chairman of the board of directors at Vestia, who is stepping down after a period of eight years.

Baharak Sabourian has been a member of the supervisory board of Kunsthal Rotterdam since December 2018. The Supervisory Board and the Kunsthal are delighted that Sabourian will once again be joining the Kunsthal in her role as chairman. Arjan Schakenbos: “In recent years, Baharak Sabourian’s knowledge and all-round expertise have supported the Kunsthal in its mission to attract new audiences in an innovative way. With her great involvement, I am convinced that as chair she will inspire us to realize the ambitions of the Kunsthal.”

Baharak Sabourian (1976) is an all-round lawyer with extensive experience in strategic decision-making and legal and financial analysis in complex and politically sensitive processes. She begins her career as a lawyer with renowned law firms such as Allen & Overy LLP. She then continues her career at the Ministry of Finance, where she deals with current files; bonuses in the financial sector, the Dutch corporate governance code and European financial law issues. Baharak Sabourian has been working at Rabobank since 2019, where she currently holds the position of Director of Organizations KYC Operations Retail NL.

Baharak Sabourian: “I look forward to further strengthening the Kunsthal from my position as chairman, together with the management and the team. The Kunsthal does not have its own collection and exists by working together, locally, nationally and internationally, with a mix of institutions, artists, specialists, foundations and companies, within and outside the cultural sector. The Kunsthal knows how to use the power of collaboration like no other and I am proud that I can commit myself to this unique cultural institution, an icon in Rotterdam. The Supervisory Board and the Kunsthal team are very grateful to Arjan Schakenbos for his enormous commitment to the Kunsthal over the past eight years. We thank him for his contribution to the growing success of the Kunsthal.”

The Supervisory Board of Kunsthal Rotterdam also consists of Bianca Tetteroo (Chairman of the Executive Board of Achmea), Steven Lubbers (CEO Hollandia Corporate), Dirk Jan Dokman (Healthtech entrepreneur) and Marloes Krijnen (founder and former director FOAM, Photography Museum Amsterdam). They perform their duties unpaid.      25th January 2022