Consultancy & Strategy


“Whether you are a foundation, a cultural organisation, or public laboratory, a start-up or already highly-established institution, we will work together to develop your work in the present for the future.”


Creative thinking, critical analysis, strategic positioning, international experience and networks.

My expertise builds bridges across divides in thinking and in relationships, both inside and outside organisations, to make you extraordinary and thrive.

Let me be your strategic thinking partner and take you further.


Below are examples of my consultancy work with different organisations.

Ariane Koek - Synergies
Pro Helvetia - The Swiss Arts Council

Specialist adviser and jury member for the new international Synergies Fund launched March 2023. The fund is for new support research-based and process-oriented programmes that foster exchange between art, science and technology involving organisations in Switzerland and across the world

This innovative fund offers support of CHF 20,000 – CHF 150,000 for international collaborations and encourages programmes which spark new approaches, methodologies and connect knowledge from different contexts.

Ariane Koek - FICRC-BETTER
Foundation of the International Red Cross Committee

Stategic and development consultant for creating an arts programme for the endowment fund of the ICRC - one of the world's leading humanitarian organisations.

The brief is to create an unique programme which will align with the foundation's mission to be a catalyst, co-creator and enabler of humanitarian action in the future. Watch this space for news of the FICRC humanitarian arts programme.

Ariane Koek - GLOBE1
Global Collaborations

Associate and Advisor to the Senior Creative Director of Global Collaborations, the commercial wing of The Exploratorium, San Francisco. Global Collaborations  advises and create major international new science museums around the world, including creating new content, exhibits, programming, direction and strategy.

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Cavendish Laboratory, New Arts Science Programme, University of Cambridge

Creative Partner for the new Cavendish Arts Science programme at one of the world's most iconic physics laboratories at Cambridge University, UK. The programme is launched in Spring 2021. I have been advising them on strategy, mission, vision, communications, branding, structure, engagement and governance since 2020 drawing on my experience initiating Arts at CERN. In 2024, the new Ray Dolby Centre, Cavendish Laboratory will replace existing facilities for the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge.

Jestico + Whiles /Ray Dolby Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Ariane Koek - CIRCLE
The Exploratorium, San Francisco USA

Strategic consultancy for 3 months on arts engagement in this world famous museum of science, art and human perception. The brief is to review past and present work, and create  a vision, mission and strategy for future  arts engagement for this pioneering science museum which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Ariane Koek - HEMP8
Haute Ecole de Musique

10 year strategic development plan for  this world famous classical music conservatoire in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop digital and transdisciplinary working. It also included contributing ideas to the exciting Cité de la Musique development in Geneva.

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National University of Singapore

Evaluation and strategic advice for the development of the science communications initiative, Quantum Shorts, managed by the Quantum Physics group at the National University of Singapore.

Image: Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore
Ariane Koek - Wellcome-Collection
Wellcome UK

Evaluation of the first 10 years of the Wellcome Collection’s science public engagement programme, including strategic suggestions for the future.

The Collection is the museum/library/gallery which is the public venue of the Wellcome Trust — the global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health.

Image: Wellcome UK
Ariane Koek - ideasquare
Idea Square, Geneva, Switzerland

Commission by this innovation and rapid prototyping laboratory at CERN, which works across physics and design, to broker and deliver two new relationships with leading UK design schools.

Image Credit: CERN / Image: Jean-Claude Gadmer
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The Richemont, Creative Academy, Milan

Commission to deliver 21st century digital craftsmanship workshop at this international postgraduate design school specialising in jewellery, watchmaking and accessories.

Image: Creative Academy
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Analysis of public engagement and creative artistic opportunities with leading scientific organisations at a major science part in the UK for an outstanding urban development plan led by the placemaking agency Futurecity.

Image: Vincent Callebaut
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Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

Curatorial and publications advisor for Resonances art-science exhibition held at the Joint Research Centre Ispra and Leonardo Museum, Milan, Italy 2017

Image: European Commission
Ariane Koek - venice
Science Gallery Venice

Start-up consultant, including critical analysis of feasibility studies including budgets, creation of the artistic direction, mission, vision and values for Science Gallery Venice working in conjunction with Ca Foscari University of Venice and Science Gallery International.

Image Credit: Artist Impression Science Gallery
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Herzog and de Mueron new building University of Zurich

I am one of 6 international curators asked to provide a curatorial vision for the new Herzog and de Meuron building for the University of Zurich.

The building is due to be opened in 2028 and be uniquely mainly open to the public, built around the idea of the fora as a public space.

Herzog and de Meuron



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