Laurien Timmermans studied Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. After her graduation in 1987 she has been working in Communications and Public Relations at serveral universities. 13 years later she became manager of all the Executive and Master programs of the Utrecht School of Goverance and Executive Director of the same institution. She has been working at ArtEZ University of the Arts since 2009. The first seven years as secretay of the Executive Board and the Board of Governors and in August 2016 Laurien became Director of the ArtEZ Conservetoire.