Erik Schilp (Sydney, 1967) is an international innovator, connector and strategist. He specializes in audience engagement, strategy development, and sustainable business solutions. Erik works with clients around the globe, in a variety of sectors, from culture and heritage institutions to nonprofit organizations and commercial businesses.
Erik started his career in London as Senior Marketing Manager at the American consultancy firm Strategic Decisions Group. Also in the UK, he restructured companies in the theatre and film industry and he founded his own marketing and PR agency. In Barcelona he developed 24-hour restaurants and art spaces. On arrival in the Netherlands Schilp became director of the Diaghilev Festival (2005) and from 2006 he worked as director of the Zuiderzee Museum. In 2009 he was appointed Director of the National Museum of History of the Netherlands.
Erik developed the concept for the Museum of Languages in Leiden. He worked on strategy development for Museumplein Limburg and as strategy consultant at the Jaya He Museum in Mumbai. Most recently was curator at Fashion for Good, a global initiative to transform the apparel industry into a force for good.
Erik is founder and partner of the art platform De Gulle Ekster (2013) and created Cards for Culture (2016) and Quantum Culture (2018) with Jasper Visser. For 10 years he was a member of the supervisory board of Stadsherstel NV (2007-2017). Erik is currently managing partner at Rotganzen, a member of the Advisory Council of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, and he is manager of various artists and designers. Erik lives in New York and Amsterdam.