Mieke Renders is the Managing Director of Trans Europe Halles. Mieke Renders was born in Belgium and is passionate about culture and languages, having lived in several countries. She is a strong believer in the independence of cultural operators and their capacity to self-organise in networks in order to achieve greater impact. Before she moved to Sweden, she was the general manager of the Flemish Cultural Center De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam and worked as cultural attaché for Flanders House in New York. She has studied physical anthropology and arts management, which led her to start off in the museum and cultural heritage field, where she worked both as a curator and as a project manager. Many years later, she shifted more into the living arts and made connections between heritage and performing and visual arts. Networking is a passion, which she can now develop for Trans Europe Halles.