Dr. Michael DeMarsche received a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University. He has served as the Executive Director of five museums in the United States and Europe. His experience as the founding director of three museums is unique. He is responsible for four award-winning museum buildings, requiring well over $100 million in private funds. He has created the entire infrastructure of museums — from developing their vision and organizing their Board of Directors, to raising the funds necessary for their construction and operations. He has organized lectures, curated exhibitions and conducted interviews with such important figures in the arts as Thomas Hoving, Robert Hughes, John Waters, Michael Kimmelman, Phillippe de Montebello, Dale Chihuly, Joel Grey, Anderson and Low, Bob Colacello, Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd. He lives today with his wife, Karen, in a flat overlooking Amsterdam’s historic Kloveniersburgwal — the canal on which Rembrandt once lived and painted his best-known work, The Nightwatch.