Jan Boelen (1967) is a Belgian critic and curator of contemporary art and design exhibitions. He studied product design at the Media & Design Academie (KHLim) in Genk, Belgium. He collaborated with Raf Simons, Studio Makkink Bey, John Körmeling, Thomas Lommée, Dunne & Raby, Marti Quixé, Aldo Bakker, Konstantin Grcic and Joseph Grima amongst others. Jan Boelen is the founding director of Z33, House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. He also chairs the Flemish committee for Architecture and Design. In 2012 he initiated Manifest 9 in Genk, Belgium and he is currently curating the Biennial of Design (BIO) in Slovenia, which will take place in September 2014. After teaching in the Bachelors Department Man and Well Being, Jan Boelen has been head of the Master Department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) since 2010.