Partners In Crime

Advisory Board

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.

Damian Bradfield
WeTransfer’s President // University of the Underground Advisory Board’s Chairman
Peaches Christ
Midnight Movie Maven, Filmmaker, American Underground Drag Performer and cult leader
Christopher Hird
Founder of Dartmouth Films
Prof. Fiona Raby
Professor of Design and Emerging Technology at New School, New York
James Wyllie
Beggars Group
John Best
Manager Sigur Rós and Fanfario, co-Director Big Dipper Productions Ltd
Jurgen Bey
Director of the Sandberg Instituut
Phil Lee
Creative Director, XL Recordings
Stuart Brown
Head of Programme and Acquisitions at the British Film Institute
Sola Biu
Creative Strategist, Experience Design at Airbnb
Dave Eggers
Founder of the independent publishing house McSweeney’s
Ravi Naidoo
Managing Director of Interactive Africa, Recipient of the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education
Alex Schleifer
Vice President of Design at Airbnb
Beatrice Galilee
Associate Curator of Architecture and Design in Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum
Camille Lindbom
WeTransfer’s Vice President of Business Development
Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius
Principal at Danish’s disruptive school Kaospilot
Arjun Appadurai
Anthropologist, former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affair at The New School
Hans Ulrich Obrist

Guest Tutors

Ayse Hassan
Bassist, Savages Band and Kite Base
Jasmina Tesanovic
Author, feminist and political activist
Paula Scher
Partner at Pentagram, award winning graphic designer
Prof. Rachel Armstrong
Professor of experimental architecture, Senior Ted Fellow
Stefan G Bucher
Founder of 344 Design and the Daily Monster, award winning visual artist
Kate Moross
Founder of Studio Moross, award winning graphic designer
Michael Bierut
Partner at Pentagram, founding writer of The Design Observer
Dr. Suzanne Wertheim
Linguistic Anthropologist, Founder at Worthwhile Research
Tea Uglow
Creative Director at Google's creative lab in Sydney
Regine Debatty
Blogger at We Make Money Not Art
Miri Milan
Night Mayor of Amsterdam
Bruce Sterling
Award winning science fiction author, Wired columnist
Dana Gioia
Poet Laureate of California, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Barbara Imhof
Space Architect, Co Founder Liquider Systems Group
Fay Milton
Drummer, Savages Band
Alex Margot Duclot
Political communication strategist
Emma Dabiri
Social Historian, Writer and Broadcaster
María Lilja Prastardóttir
Activist and Journalist

Teaching Team

Nelly Ben Hayoun
Head of Programme
Tom Greenall
Nina Pope
Sjaron Minailo
Teun Castelein
Nicola Koller
Kate Davies
Lauren Alexander
Mariana Pestana


Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios
Sandberg Instituut
Sjoerd Ter Borg
Coordinator of the University of the Underground
Ted Gioia
American Cultural Attaché University of the Underground

Founding Partners

Sandberg Instituut
Founding Partner
Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios
Founding Partner
Founding Partner
Village Underground
Founding Partner
De Marktkantine
Founding Partner