Our Mission

The Cornelius Arts Foundation is a R&D charity committed to understanding and unleashing the transformative power of art. We achieve this through research & development focused on delivering lasting and pragmatic solutions to bridge art and people.


About us


Our Inspiration

The Cornelius Arts Foundation was born of the desire to honour the memory of Cornelius and Yvonne van Droogenbroeck (also known as Mr and Mrs Nell) who placed art at the centre of their lives in Belgium and France as patrons and art collectors from the 1930s onwards.


The foundation aims to continue their commitment, by understanding and celebrating the transformative power of art.



The Cornelius Arts Foundation

The Cornelius Arts Foundation is a non-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England & Wales.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees and supported by an Advisory Committee and Honorary Committee.


Board of Trustees

Marianne Magnin


Senior corporate experience with Royal Dutch Shell and PwC. Strategist. ArtTech Entrepreneur. Art Identification Standard Executive Chair. Art philanthropy and pro bono roles. Curator. Writer. French.

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Samallie Kiyingi 


Lawyer (AfreximBank, Deutsche Bank, Clifford Chance). Trustee at Gasworks. Tate patron, member of the Africa Acquisitions Committee. Australian.

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Jenny van Droogenbroeck


Retired professor of sciences. Post-graduate research in physiology (CNRS, Sorbonne University). French.

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Boryana Stambolova


Senior finance executive with over 25 years of international experience including governance, funding, planning, appraisal and reporting, working for blue chip corporations and complex JVs. Anglo-bulgarian.

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Steve Motterhead


Leadership roles for large corporations including Shell and Mercedes-Benz. Entrepreneur, start-up SME owner & manager. Management consultant specialising in business turnaround. British.

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Karim Bouhassoun


Senior advisor to public and private decision-makers. Specialist in public relations and crisis communication. Current focus on reducing education inequalities (ZupdeCo). Sorbonne, Sciences Po. Essayist. Moroccan-French.

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Jeanne Privat


Retired business owner in the luxury industry (5th generation). Fundraiser (Les Grands Ateliers de France…). Member of Synopia, a think tank promoting best governance. French.

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We are supported by a talented Board of Advisors. This team was established to support our growth and to help ensure we remain at the cutting edge of of the arts, research and technology.

Board of Advisors

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Martin Anderson


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Dr Abol Froushan

-Digital Architecture-

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Julia Royse

-Visual Arts-

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Christophe Billard

-Partnerships, Alliances, Fundraising-

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Graham Henderson


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Alexandra Santamaria

-Culinary Arts-

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Dr Mafalda Dâmaso

-Research, Cultural Policies-

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Jeremy Hunt


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Diana Watson


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Neil Dourmashkin

-Data, Statistics-

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Chiara Messineo


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Adam Winterton


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Partners & Networks

 If you are interested in working with The Cornelius Arts Foundation as a partner, network or venue, please drop us a line