Welcome to the Ambassadors area.

Hands-On! works with ambassadors all over the world to keep in touch with its members. Ambassadors help to:

1. Inventarize Children’s Museums/Museums with Children’s exhibitions in each country. Update these organizations on HO! News and recruit new members.
2. Promote the Children in Museums Award and the bi-annual conference.
3. Organize networking activities and meetings for members in non-conference years.
4. Stimulate members to promote news about their programmes, events and methods for children through HO!

For more information please contact boardmember Petra Katzenstein, katz@jhm.nl 


Christiane Thenius

christiane-theniusChristiane Thenius has worked at Zoom Children’s Museum in Vienna since 2000. Here, she has developed exhibitions about archealogy and Greek antiquity, is marketing director and is in charge of a collection of films made by children in the ZOOM animated film studio. Christiane has been organizing ZOOM Science lectures and workshops for children since 2003. Recently, she has reflected, evaluated and developed the ZOOM science programs in a European and international context as a partner of the EU project “SiS Catalyst – children as change agents for science in society (7th framework of the EU Commission).


Bart Deputter bart.deputter@africamuseum.be

Czech Republic

Denisa Brejchova

Denisa-BrejchovaHead of Department for Public Educational Programs and Museum Pedagogy at the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Member of: Czech Association of Museums and Galleries – Commision for Public Works and Museum Education

Participant in congresses and workshops in the Czech Repbulic and abroad in the field of children´s museums, arts management and education.


Fatima Ouali fatima.ouali@universcience.fr


Petra Zwaka zwaka@jugendmuseum.dePortrait_Zwaka_neuimage1


Nurit Shilo Cohen nurit8036@gmail.com


Margarida Lancastre aaha@museucriancas.com.pt


Tresnawati Prihadi Tresnawati_Prihadi@nhb.gov.sg


Andreja Rihter

zelena_andrejaDirector, Forum of Slavic Cultures
President, European Museum Academy
Vicepresident, ICOM – ICTOP
Member of the Board, Hands On International

In the past twenty years Andreja has supported cultural heritage projects and activities at the national, regional and international level as the Minister of Culture for Slovenia (2000-04), as director of the Museum of Recent History Celje (1986-2000), as national correspondent for the European Museum Forum (1987-), as president of the Slovenian Museum Association (1998-2001), as initiator and Hear of the Museology School of Celje (2006-), as board member of ICOM-ICTOP (2007-), as founding member, initiator and director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures (2002-), as chairperson of the Sub-committee on Cultural Heritage in the Council of Europe – parliamentary Assembly (2010-2011, as president of the European Museum Academy (2009-), board member of Hands On! International and Member of Parliament in Slovenia.


Eva Lundqvist

Eva has worked at the Swedish Exhibition Agency since 2006. Former as Head of administration and currently as project manager, she is involved in several national projects focusing on accessibility in museums and visitors studies. eva.lundqvist@riksutstallningar.se

The Netherlands

Annemies_BroekgaardenAnnemies Broekgaarden

Head of Public and Education at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. a.broekgaarden@rijksmuseum.nl



Erdogan-KahyaogluErdogan Kahyaoglu

Forming partner and co-director of “Informal Education-çocukistanbul” active in informal education area.