Two new members of the Supervisory Board

Otobong Nkanga and Karl Guha join the Supervisory Board of the Rijksakademie

Our Supervisory Board is pleased to appoint two new members with different areas of responsibility as of May 1. Otobong Nkanga and Karl Guha complete the Board, which further consists of Chris Buijink (Chairman), Defne Ayas, Bregtje van der Haak, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau and Vinod Subramaniam.

Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga is highly regarded as a visual artist and live performer. Born in Nigeria, she lives and works in Antwerp. She exhibits internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2020), Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2019), and Tate St. Ives, St. Ives (2019), and has received many awards. She was the first recipient of the ‘Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award’ (Norway, 2019); other awards include ‘Peter Weiss Award’ (Bochum, 2019), the ‘Special Mention Award’ of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2019), the ‘2019 Sharjah Biennial Award’ (Sharjah, 2019). She is an alumnus of the Rijksakademie (2002/2003) and in 2008 received her Master in Performing arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam.

Karl Guha

Karl Guha is currently Chairman and CEO of Van Lanschot Kempen (VLK). Prior to joining VLK, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Unicredit Group in Milan and held various positions, including Group Treasurer at ABN AMRO. Guha's career has taken him across three continents – Asia, America and Europe. His affinity for the art world is a matter of both personal and professional interest. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Van Lanschot Kempen Foundation. He also initiated the Van Lanschot Art Prize for artists living in the Netherlands and in Belgium. In addition to his position at VLK, Karl Guha is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Nexus Institute and the United World College.

Chairman of the Board Chris Buijink: “I am very happy with the new members, who bring a good balance within the Supervisory Board. Moreover, with the appointment of Otobong Nkanga, a wish has been realised that had been around for some time within the Board and the management: the entry of an artist into our ranks.”

An open procedure was followed to fill these vacancies, supervised by NGL International