Elana Brundyn

Currently Chief Executive Officer, Norval Foundation.

Brundyn’s career in the contemporary art industry spans 19 years. She has been instrumental in launching 2 of Africa’s most prominent museums, namely Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation. Contributing to the cultural eco system in Africa, as a consultant, advisor to corporates collections and clients, family and school collections, charity art auctions and as a commercial gallerist. With a strong focus on philanthropic projects and fundraising projects.
November 2017 Joined Norval Foundation as Founding CEO and launched the foundation in April 2018. Norval Foundation is a cultural platform exhibiting, researching and educating on 20 th and 21 st century art from Africa and beyond.
2014 - 2017 - The Director of Institutional Development and External Affairs at Zeitz MOCAA and part of the inaugural team to launch the institution in September 2017. Her role included fundraising through partnerships, sponsorships, membership programmes and special events like the Christies Auction in March 2017, the preview weekend and the Grand Public Opening on 22 September.
Before 2014 - Founding Director of Brundyn Gallery. Brundyn Gallery was a contemporary art gallery based in Cape Town. Founded in 2006, the gallery’s focus was on art from Africa and the diaspora. Closed 2014, when she joined the team of Zeitz MOCAA full time.
Presenter: On museum planning, management in Africa, such as:
• AKAA Paris 2018, MiArt, Milan 2019,
• Sotheby’s Les Rencontres Panel Discussion 2018,
• Media 24 Lifestyle Summit 2017 and 2018,
• Huberte Rupert Memorial Lecture 2017 and 2018,
• Hermanus FynArts 2019,
• Abu Dhabi Culture Summit 2019
Currently on the Board of Trustees :
1. Harvard Centre for African Studies Advisory Board
2. Gerard Sekoto Foundation,
3. Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust
4. Norval Foundation
Advisor: Museum practice, collections and education.
She studied Political Science and African Studies.