Marieke van Hal is an art historian and the Founding Director and President of the Biennial Foundation. She worked as a Curator at Montevideo/TBA, the Netherlands Media Art Institute (1997-2001), after which she became General Coordinator of the International Foundation Manifesta - European Biennial of Contemporary Art and Managing Editor for MJ-Manifesta Journal, Journal of Curatorial Practices (2001-2006). In 2007 she was Director of the 1st Athens Biennial, for which she initiated the European Biennial Network, financed by the European Commission. In 2009 she founded the Biennial Foundation, an independent platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience for biennial organisations worldwide. She is a MPhil research graduate at the CCA, Curating Contemporary Art Department, Royal College of Art, London (2011).