Marlies Verhoeven Reijtenbagh is co-founder and CEO of The Cultivist. Marlies spent eight years as Vice President and Global Director of Loyalty Marketing at Sotheby’s, where she worked with Daisy Peat on the launch and global management of the Sotheby’s Preferred programme. Before joining Sotheby’s, Marlies worked at the Belgian Mission to the United Nations and helped launch the Belgian fashion brand Verlaine in 2005. Born in Belgium, she now lives in New York with her husband and three young children, and serves on the Board of Free Arts NYC.
Daisy Peat is co-founder of The Cultivist. Daisy was formerly European Head of VIP Client Loyalty at Sotheby’s. With Marlies, she launched and managed the Sotheby’s Preferred programme. Daisy also brings extensive marketing experience to her work; before joining Sotheby’s, she managed blue chip accounts at global advertising agency, M&C Saatchi. Daisy lives in London with her husband, Philip.
Joey Lico is The Cultivist's Global Curator & Sr. Director, West Coast + Latin America. Before joining The Cultivist, Joey was in director positions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), followed by Independent Curators International (ICI), where she nurtured a huge variety of projects across all disciplines of art. From 2008-2016, and under the Obama Administration, she worked with The White House as an adviser on their ACT/ART Committee bringing contemporary art into public policy. Joey is a Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Whitney Museum’s Contemporaries and recently completed her PhD in Art History.
Florence Ritter is The Cultivist’s Director of Programming for Europe, based in London. With a background of five years in arts communications and events, Florence has directed on cultural campaigns across the non-profit, fair and museum sectors, including British Council, K11 Art Foundation, The Arts Club and The Hepworth Wakefield, and has worked with Tate Modern, Inverleith House in Edinburgh and Whitechapel Art Gallery. After studying Fine Art at Central St Martins, Florence completed her MA in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and the Sorbonne in Paris.
Georgina Borthwick is The Cultivist's Director of Corporate Partnerships, based in London. Georgina spent two years working on the Sotheby’s Preferred programme, developing relationships with museums, art fairs and cultural partners worldwide. Before that, she worked with corporate fine art consultancy, Art Contact, developing and implementing long-term art strategies and managing collections, exhibition research and curation.
Laura de Gunzburg is The Cultivist’s Director of Membership. Before joining The Cultivist, Laura managed Corporate Art Services at Sotheby’s, where she was also the co-chair of the 1744 Young Collectors Club. Prior to Sotheby’s, she worked for various galleries and private foundations such as The Margulies Collection in Miami and Pace Gallery in New York. Laura is a Contributing Editor for Cultured Magazine, for which she focuses on artists features and writes a regular column, “This Season in Art”. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Dia Art Foundation’s Contemporary Associates.
Lily Fenn Harriman is The Cultivist's Event and Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Americas, based in New York. Lily spent three and a half years working at SCOPE Art Show producing art fairs in New York, Miami, Switzerland, and France. She holds a degree in Art History and Economics from Bowdoin College, having also studied abroad in Florence and Prague. Originally from Miami Beach, she is most interested in the role of art in intercultural relations.
Lizzie Jones is The Cultivist's Manager of Operations, based in New York City. Prior to joining The Cultivist, Lizzie worked as the Director of AKArt Advisory, where she helped to produce exhibitions, performances and events, as well as promoted artists of all disciplines. Lizzie has worked at galleries, art organizations and non-profits in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis and is most interested in socially engaged and community based art initiatives.
Nina Hooft Graafland is based in New York, and works as Senior Member Liaison for the Americas at The Cultivist. In her previous role at The Gentleman’s Journal, Nina was both Advertising Manager and an arts writer for the editorial team. She's also worked at galleries in London and Dubai, and has a particular passion for Middle Eastern art.
India Bhattacharjee is based in our London office and works as Member Liaison for Europe and Asia. She previously worked at Pace Gallery London as Assistant to the President and helped to plan and manage the events there. Before this she worked at various galleries and institutions, including the Events Department at Sotheby’s in London and Stockholm Auction House. Half Indian and half Swedish, India loves to travel.
Marie is based in Brussels, and works as The Cultivist's Membership Manager in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. After having completed Master studies in French and Russian literature in Moscow, Marie moved to New York, where she spent the last two years specializing in modern and contemporary art and the art market. Now back in her native Belgium, Marie continues to learn more languages to create bridges between audiences, artists and art.
Daniela Savoca is our Designer and Communications Manager, based in the London office. Prior to joining The Cultivist, Daniela worked on concept development for campaigns and photo shoots for leading names in the fashion industry such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Galeries Lafayette and Net-a-Porter, following various roles encompassing branding, advertising, art direction and editorial. She has an MA in publishing from the University of the Arts London.
Patrick is based in New York and works as a Staff Writer at the Cultivist. Before joining the Cultivist, Patrick wrote about art and architecture for Architizer, and before that was a middle school English teacher. He holds an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a thesis that critically examined various approaches to writing instruction. As an undergraduate, Patrick studied English and Art History and developed a keen interest in the history of Modernism and its impact on various artistic disciplines.
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