Today, in a largely post-globalized world, we have the chance—indeed the responsibility—to make the most of our unprecedented connectivity and work collaboratively across industries and borders in identifying the people, places and ideas that are making a difference.
Colleen Ritzau Leth is a specialist in non-profit management, cultural affairs, and international relations. Trained as an art historian, she is a published author and the recipient of numerous research grants for studies on the history of collecting and museum development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Since 2006, Colleen has worked internationally with government and cultural organizations including the Cairo Museum, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the International Center of Photography, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Wildlife Fund, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she served as Manager of the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium.
Colleen is a Creative Time Global Ambassador, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tauck Family Foundation and the American Friends of the Statens Museum for Kunst, and Co-Founder of BAFA, a mentorship platform for culture sector professionals.
An avid traveler to over 60 countries, she is committed to fostering economic and social progress through investments in the culture sector.
Colleen holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MA in Art History and Archaeology from New York University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she recently served as Chair of the Oxford Art & Business Network.