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Board of directors

The American Friends is run by a board of three Essex graduates [and the University's Vice-Chancellor].

Holly Crawford - President

Holly Crawford received her PhD from the University of Essex in Art History and Theory. Holly is a cross media artist, behavioural scientist, economist and art historian. Holly’s work, examining mass media and pop culture and its relationship to art, has exhibited internationally and been shown at Tate Modern. She has taught at UCLA in the Art Department and at SVA. Her books include ‘Attached to the Mouse’, a history of Disney and Mickey Mouse and their influence on pop culture and contemporary art. Born in California, she now lives in New York.

Hugo Gaggioni - Director

Hugo Gaggioni received an MSc in Electrical Engineering Science from the University of Essex in 1979. He is now Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President of the Broadcast and Production Systems Division (BPSD) of Sony Electronics. Hugo holds several patents and has authored 32 technical publications in the areas of video compression, digital filter banks, and HDTV devices and systems. He has presented at international events and chaired sessions at 13 international conferences in HDTV and bandwidth compression systems.

Daniel Libeskind - Director

Daniel is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. His practice, Studio Daniel Libeskind, is responsible for museums, concert halls convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio. Daniel received an MA in History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Essex in 1972 and an Honorary Degree from Essex in 1999. In 2003, Daniel won the design competition for the World Trade Center and was appointed master plan architect for the site.