The colleagues at the MAS

The MAS I Museum aan de Stroom is owned and operated by the City of Antwerp. Antwerp’s largest museum needs lots of employees to keep things running. Discover the faces behind the building and the objects.

In memoriam

On May 6, 2018 Chris De Lauwer, curator and keeper of the Asia collection in the MAS, passed away. Read a short biography.


  • Marieke van Bommel: director
  • Frank Wouters: executive secretary
  • Theo De Nijs: team leader
  • Wim Van Damme: team leader

Policy and development

  • Jef Vrelust: team coordinator, curator maritime collections after 1830, curator 'World Port'
  • Rita Adriaenssens: administrative support
  • Sofie De Ruysser: districts heritage coordinator
  • Freya Slock: coordination of events, Handjesactie

Marketing and communication

  • Claire Verstraeten: team coordinator, responsible for marketing and communication MAS and Red Star Line Museum
  • Gerrit Van Dyck: e-communication MAS and Red Star Line Museum
  • Marc Grenné: campaigns MAS and Red Star Line Museum
  • Nadia De Vree: coordination press museum City of Antwerp

Public Relations

  • Cathy Pelgrims: team coordinator
  • Liene Conard: responsible for MAS in Young Hands
  • Tammy Wille: responsible for workshops, guides and target group activities
  • Karin Vetters: support image and printed matter, graphic design
  • Lieve Willekens: coordinator heritage and diversity

Team of curators

  • Leen Beyers: team coordinator, collection acquisition
  • Vera De Boeck: coordinator heritage and city participation
  • Els De Palmenaer: curator Africa collection, coordinator collection acquisition
  • Sofie De Ruysser: districts heritage coordinator
  • Annemie De Vos: curator Vleeshuis collection
  • Mireille Holsbeke: curator North and South America collection and Oceania collection
  • Jan Parmentier: curator maritime collections before 1830, curator 'Metropolis'
  • Jef Vrelust: curator maritime collection after 1830, curator 'World Port'


  • Sandra Lintermans: team coordinator 
  • Julia Rossow: team realisations
  • Annemie Schelfhout: production
  • Femke Gherardts: collection and repository manager
  • Nathalie Wagemans: collection loans
  • Tom Van Ghent: image registration


  • Luc Dockx: facility manager
  • Wim Audiens: facility
  • Ronald Van Boom: technical building manager
  • Luc Huyck: assistant building manager

Maintenance and management

  • Femke Gherardts: collection registrar, thesaurus manager, responsible for the warehouse
  • Nancy Daems: library and ethnography collection in the Hessenhuis