The Heritage Lab is coordinated by Marit van Dijk and Asmara Pelupessy with support from Claire Noblesse. International projects are led by Ruben Smit. The advisory council consists of Hester Dibbits (lectorate), Joke Bosch and Simone Stoltz (bachelor study management) and Youssef Zahri (head of educational support and business operations).
Marit van Dijk
Marit is a founding coordinator of the Heritage Lab and is an alumna of the Reinwardt Academy. She completed a master's degree in Social Geography in Ireland where she focused on the interaction between colonial history, public space and cultural memory. Marit's experience in the breadth of the heritage field spans advisory roles, research and concept development for municipalities and various heritage institutions. In her spare time she is actively involved in veganism.
Asmara joined the Heritage Lab team in 2021. She holds an Interdisciplinary Studies BA from University of California Berkeley with a focus on the social history of photography and a MA from Leiden University in Photographic Studies. She has worked across culture, media and education including as Institutional Account Manager at RNTC Media Training Center and Education Director at NOOR Images photo agency. She co-edited the book UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art.
Teaching at the Reinwardt since 2006, Ruben Smit became Manager International Programmes in 2015. Ruben has been involved in exchanges in: Yogyakarta, Bandung and Semarang, Indonesia; Moscow, Russian Federation; Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia; Beijing and Xi'an, China. Before the Reinwardt Academy, Ruben gained several decades of experience with cultural heritage in a variety of positions at different museums.
Claire joined the Heritage Lab team in 2021 and holds a bachelor's degree in Cultural Heritage from the Reinwardt Academie. Specialized in audience engagement and interactive learning, Claire has worked in higher education and the cultural sector in both educational and commercial capacities.