Governing Board of Europeana Foundation

Europeana is owned by the Europeana Foundation, a Dutch Foundation. It has a Governing Board, which meets four times per year to set strategy and policy and review plans against goals and objectives. The members of the Board are legally and financially responsible for the activities of the Foundation, as such they also act as the Steering Board for all major projects funded by the European Commission. They are responsible for the appointing of the Executive Director to carry out on their behalf the work set out in Europeana Strategy 2020 and the yearly Business Plans.

The Governing Board consists of 19 members:

- 2 members appointed by and representing the Founding Members,
- 6 members appointed by Europeana Network Association form its Management Board,
- 4 members appointed by the Governing Board as representatives of European Associations of Content Holders,
- 4 members appointed by the Governing Board as representatives of fields of expertise required to deliver the Europeana strategy,
for a period of 2 years.

- 3 members as representatives of the European Union Member States holding the Presidency of the Council, the preceeding and the succeeding presidencies, rotating every 6 months and each on the Governing Board for 18 months.

The Governing Board appoints the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer from amongst its members.

The Governing Board may appoint observers who can attend all the meetings but do not have voting rights. The observers may be appointed:

- by nomination and approval of the majority of Board members,
- to represent the European Union Member States (preceding and succeeding Presidencies),
- as former members of the Governing Board,
- as a representative of the European Commission.

Founding Member

  • Agnes Magnien

    National Audiovisual Institute France
    Directrice déléguée des Collections
    Foundation Governing Board Member
  • Concha Vilariño

    Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport Spain
    Deputy Director General of Library Coordination

Network Association Management Board Member

Representative of Content Holder Associations

Representative of Specific Fields of Expertise

Member States Representative

  • Axenia Boneva

    Ministry of Culture Bulgaria
    State Expert at the Directorate International and Regional Activities
    Foundation Governing Board Member
  • Stefan Hahn

    Federal Chancellery Austria
    Deputy Director
    Representative of Member States
  • Mirjam Rääbis

    Ministry of Culture Estonia
    Advisor on museums
    Foundation Governing Board Member