About The Speaker.
Madeleine Selmer-Olsen is the Head of Research and Development (formerly Research Manager) at Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA), where she is responsible for aligning the organisation’s monitoring and evaluation with strategic goals and facilitating its integration into continuous programme development and quality improvement; contributing to funding/partnership proposals and reports; participating in programme development and advocacy; and establishing and implementing strategies for sharing research to position BASA as a thought leader and support its stakeholders. She is also a member of BASA’s Management Committee.
Selmer-Olsen holds a Masters Degree in Arts and Culture Management (Wits, 2014, with distinction), was a National Research Foundation Scholar and Intern, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Her main expertise is in arts administration, research, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development and facilitation, and she also has experience in arts and culture project management, fundraising, and marketing. >
A co-founder of South African performing arts collective Flying House, best known for its “Performing Arts Stock Exchange”, Selmer-Olsen continues to participate in the arts and culture sector through this organisation, beyond her work at BASA. Her arts background comprises theatre (musical theatre, performance, set/costume design, stage management, crewing), music (singing – solo and ensemble, piano, theory), and craft (including jewellery making). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Wits, 2011) and is an Associate of the Trinity College of London in musical theatre (2012). She was a performing member of the Wits Choir, where she also served on the Executive Committee and as Head of Sopranos, and was a choir member at the Rosebank Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Selmer-Olsen tutored and lectured in arts management at the Wits School of Arts for six years, which also involved course administration, overseeing student traineeships/mentorships, and curriculum development for a cultural leadership course. Additionally, she has consulted in a research, administration and curriculum development capacity for University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture.
Selmer-Olsen tutored and lectured in arts management at the Wits School of Arts for six years, which also involved course administration, overseeing student traineeships/mentorships, and curriculum development for a cultural leadership course. Additionally, she has consulted in a research, administration and curriculum development capacity for University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture. With her associate, Selmer-Olsen is a Brand Partner at Nu Skin Enterprises, where they lead a team of entrepreneurs all working to improve their customers’ wellness and confidence through anti-ageing skin care and supplements. Selmer-Olsen is passionate about life-long learning and sustainable development, particularly in the arts and culture sector, through growing and sharing knowledge and opportunities, and encouraging collaboration.