Willem Bongers-Dek

Willem Bongers-Dek is a literary scholar, poet and literary critic. He is deputy director of deBuren and coordinator of citybooks. As a lecturer of modern literature in the Dutch language, he visited many universities, sometimes just for a few days (Bucharest, Brussels, Semarang), sometimes for a couple of months (Sheffield, Utrecht, Jakarta). He worked as a consultant for the Dutch Foundation for Literature and chaired the prose committee of the Flemish Literary Fund.


deputy director


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Mathieu Buyse

After finishing secondary school, Mathieu Buyse spent a year in Brazil on the AFS intercultural program. Next, he studied English/Spanish literature and linguistics with a Master’s in Comparative Studies of Modern Literature at the UGent. He topped off his education with a Masters in Film Studies & Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp and an international interuniversity Manama American Studies at the Royal Library in Brussels. During his studies he was already an intern with deBuren.



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Ronald Giebel

During the past few years Ronald Giebel has worked as an operational manager for several hotels in Brussels and as an office & facility manager for the representation of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam and photography at the Sint-Lukas Art Academy in Brussels.

office manager


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Marianne Hommersom

Marianne Hommersom studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent and obtained a MA in Film Studies and Visual Culture from the University of Antwerp. During and after her studies she's worked for a variety of cultural institutes as a photographer and intern. Marianne has also worked on a temporary basis for M HKA, museum of contemporary art in Antwerp and Cinema Zuid, the Antwerp film museum.

production & communication citybooks


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Debbie Marbus

The Dutch Debbie Marbus lives in Brussels. After a Bachelor Language- and Cultural Studies, she got her Master degree in Film- and Television Science at the University of Utrecht. She specialised in video(installation) art. Before joining deBuren, she worked as an intern at SMBA, the project space for contemporary art of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

programming & multimedia


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Ann Overbergh

Ann Overbergh is doctor in Applied Economic Sciences and has a master in Culture management and International Politics. She has worked for Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Vooruit Arts’ Centre), Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk (Festival of Flanders Kortrijk), muziektheaterhuis LOD (the LOD musictheatre) and for the Instituut voor beeldende, audiovisuele en mediakunst BAM (BAM, the institute for visual, audiovisual and media art). She is on the editing staff of rekto:verso, a bimonthly magazine for culture and criticism. At deBuren she is in charge of non-fiction programming: debates and readings, music and documentaries.



Ann Overbergh © Marianne Hommersom


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Jenny Quermia

She began her career as an administrative assistant at the Royal Belgian Film Archive and then worked for several years for the public broadcaster (at that time BRT) in, amongst others, the arts department. She was then engaged by the newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad', where she met Aimé Van Hecke, who convinced her to become project manager at the MVP communication bureau. As head of the administrative department of Boek.be, she has for the last few years been responsible for the logistical organisation of De Boekenbeurs.

business manager


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Xander Stroo

After completing his Art and Cultural Studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam , Xander Stroo worked as a press officer for independent film distribution company Cinemien in Amsterdam, after which he was responsible for press relations at Dutch literary publishing company Meulenhoff in that same city. In 2005 he moved to Brussels to become a programme officer at the Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, where he mainly works on literary events and political debates. He was coordinator of the highly succesful citybooks project.



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Ann Venneman

Ann Venneman studied Art and Sciences and afterwards taught history in grammar school for a few years. While working for the national artists' cooperative, the NICC (New International Cultural Centre), she looked after the interests of its visual artists. Her experience was much appreciated when working on the programme of the major cultural event, 'Mechelen 2005, Stad in Vrouwenhanden', (Mechelen 2005, City in Women's Hands), and she also worked as communication aid for the office of Flemish minister, Bert Anciaux.

press & communication


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