Elien Haentjens is trained as an Art Historian at the University of Leuven, where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art, before completing her education as a journalist at Vlekho in Brussels. Since 2006, she works as a freelance journalist, specializing in art, lifestyle and especially design. Since 2012 she curates and organizes exhibitions and residencies for designers, mainly in Brazil, to promote the diversity, creativity and quality of Belgian design, and to stimulate valuable cross-cultural relationships. To celebrate these cultural dialogues she has founded Joias. Since 2017 she also curates exhibitions about Belgian design for the international design platform and gallery Adorno.