Dr. Nayia Yiakoumaki is the Director of the Hellenic Centre in London, Curatorial Studies Consultant at Whitechapel Gallery and Co-Director of the MA Curating Art and Public Programmes since its inception. From 2005 – 2022 she was a curator and head of curatorial studies and archives at Whitechapel Gallery, where she developed an innovative programme of research exhibitions based on the use of archives as an alternative resource for curatorial practice. She devised the NEON Curatorial Exchange & Award 2011-2020, a scheme which fostered professional relationships for curators in the UK and in Greece, founded by NEON organization. From 2016-2017 she co-directed the Athens Biennale as Director of Research and International Networks and in 2017 she co-curated Waiting for the Barbarians, a statement performance and series of events by the Athens Biennale, during Documenta 14. She has curated more than forty exhibitions including John Latham: Anarchive (2010), Rothko in Britain (2012), Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living (2014), Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017), Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America (2018), Andreas Lolis: Prosaic Origins (2018), Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today (2019) and Out of the Margins: Performance in London Institutions 1990s – 2010s (2022).