Adrian Ellis Founder of AEA
Adrian founded AEA (www.aeaconsulting.com) in 1990. AEA is a leading consultancy with a global client base in the cultural sector, working in the fields of cultural planning for public agencies; concept development and design for new cultural initiatives in the public, private and nonprofit sectors; and strategic and operational planning for cultural institutions. He returned to his full-time position at AEA at the beginning of 2012, after serving as Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center from 2007 to 2011. Prior to founding AEA, he was Executive Director of The Conran Foundation, where he was responsible for planning the establishment of the Design Museum in London. Adrian writes and lectures extensively on internationally on management and planning issues in the cultural sector. In May 2010, he was a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College of Columbia University where he taught a graduate seminar series on Special Topics in International Cultural Policy. In 2012, Adrian was named a “Jazz Hero of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association. He lives in the Hudson Valley.