The University of the Underground is lead by a multidisciplinary team of ‘dreamers of the day’, who believe that a positive inspiration and disturbance to the current cultural and educative system is required to best support the young generations in their creative and political endeavours. This university is bold, ambitious, unapologetic and impolite.

University of the Underground Foundation’s Advisory Board:

-Peaches Christ, midnight movie maven, filmmaker, American underground drag performer, emcee, actor and cult leader 

-Jurgen Bey, Director of the Sandberg Instituut

-Stuart Brown, British Film Institute’s Head of Programme and Acquisitions, British Film Institute

-Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design in Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum

-Dave Eggers, founder of the independent publishing house McSweeney’s, co-founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia, and of the human rights nonprofit Voice of Witness, founder of ScholarMatch

Ravi Naidoo, Managing Director of Interactive Africa, recipient of the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education

-Christopher Hird, Founder of Dartmouth Films, pioneers in funding, producing and distributing independent documentaries, former journalist on the Economist, New Statesman and Sunday Times and now on the board of the  Bureau of Investigative Journalism

-Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius , Principal at Danish’s disruptive school Kaospilot

-Phil Lee, Creative Director, XL recordings

-Dr. Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research, Alien Hunter

-John Best, manager Sigur Rós and Fanfario, co-Director Big Dipper Productions Ltd

-Alex Schleifer, Vice President of Design at Airbnb

-Sola Biu, Creative Strategist,  Experience Design at Airbnb

-James Wyllie, Beggars Group

-Prof. Fiona Raby, The New School, New York

-Damian Bradfield, WeTransfer’s President // University of the Underground Advisory Board’s chairman

-Camille Lindbom, WeTransfer’s Vice president of Business Development

***PLEASE NOTE: All advisory board members and tutors participate in the University of the Underground Foundation as individuals, representing their individual research and/or their opinion/ views. Their participation and statements in no way reflect the views, priorities or policies of the companies by which they are affiliated.

University of the Underground Teaching Team:

Nelly Ben Hayoun, Course director and tutor
Kate Davies, Tutor
Nina Pope, Tutor
Tom Greenall, Tutor
Nicola Koller, Tutor
Mariana Pestana, Tutor
Lauren Alexander ,Tutor
Teun Castelein, Tutor
Sjaron Minailo, Tutor

University of the Underground Guest Tutors:

Paula Scher
Bruce Sterling
Jasmina Tesanovic
Prof. Rachel Armstrong
Stefan G Bucher
Dr. Barbara Imhof
Regine Debatty
Dana Gioia
Kate Moross
TL Uglow
Michael Bierut
Dr. Suzanne Wertheim

University of the Underground Coordinator and location hunter:

Sjoerd ter Borg

University of the Underground Cultural Attaché:

Ted Gioia

University of the Underground Foundation’s Management and concept:

-Directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun and managed by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios Ltd (Nelly Ben Hayoun, Mariana Del Valle, Chloe McClellan, Anoushka Cole, Darren Webb, Dr. Didier Hoch, Edna Pletchetero, Marta Giralt, Tamara Hoogeweegen, Ted Gioia)

The University of the Underground is based in London in the Village Underground and in Amsterdam in De Marktkantine (open 24 hours).